Christine Stevens, MA, MSW, MT-BC holds masters degrees in both social work and music therapy. She is author of Music Medicine, The Healing Drum Kit and The Art and Heart of Drum Circles. The founder of UpBeat Drum Circles, she has appeared on NBC, PBS, KTLA, and is a featured speaker in the DVD Discover the Gift. She has trained facilitators from more than twenty-five countries in the evidence-based REMO group drumming HealthRHYTHMS program. Christine has worked with many Fortune 500 companies, survivors of Katrina, students at Ground Zero and most recently, led the first drum circle training in a war-zone in northern Iraq.
This Mindstorm Monthly, Christine shares her expertise in drumming and drum circle facilitation. She shares techniques for you to immediately implement into your practice, including how to use drumming interventions in clinical assessment and facilitation. Our goal is to empower YOU to utilize drumming in your practice!
During this webinar, Christine discusses:
- 0:00 – Christine’s chant and introduction to drumming
- 11:15 – Recommendation to check out
- 12:45 – Discussion of Michael Thaut’s research on rhythm
- 14:50 – Frame drum and doumbek drumming technique & incorporation
- 25:38 – Bass drum technique & incorporation
- 28:44 – Agogo bell and cow bell technique & incorporation
- 33:51 – Answers the question “What is a good recommendation for a Native American Double Sided Drum?”
- 34:34 – Answers the question “Do you have recommendation for drums for children?”
- 37:00 – Christine discusses potential contraindications of drumming with specific populations
- 48:17 – Discusses drumming with people with dementia
- 52:17 – Answers the question “What do you do when some people ‘catch on’ in the group, but others don’t?”
- 54:58 – Christine’s definition of “entrainment”
- 60:00- Christine’s closing blessing
During the webinar, here were some helpful comments + resources:
Christine recommends these curriculums:
- Beat the Odds – drumming curriculum with LA medical center. Evidence-based program
- HealthRHYTHMS – drumming curriculum & research
- Christine’s website is ubdrumcircles.com
What can you take away and bring into your practice from this experience?
You’ve helped me see drumming experiences in a different way! Very informative – thank you!
Thank you! This was fantastic. I’m going to integrate drums into our Namaste program and into my other dementia groups amd 1″1
Thank you Christine! Thanks Kaleigh! Excited to bring more world rhythms to my drumming group, as well as using my kalimba more!
Thank you Christine! I’ll be taking away the heart beat and different rhythms to bring to my groups.
Thanks Christine! I am excited to use high and low pitches to help move my clients to different mood states!
Working on a community presentation where our school of Developmentally Delayed students will share a program on Drums Around the World. Also have a drumming class and so enjoyed hearing the basics and beyond here.
I am working with an older lady with dementia through piano and this will be a great addition to help her focus when she is frustrated. I also use the harp with her which has been wonderful!!!
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