What is Drum Club?
Drum Club is a trauma-informed therapeutic group for children and adolescents that utilizes West African drumming as a tool for connection, communication, self-reflection, learning, and play. Drum Club is especially designed to help youth in disadvantaged situations--e.g., those experiencing homelessness, alienation in their school communities, and/or placement in residential facilities.
Drum Club is a safe and supportive environment that helps facilitate the development of emotional and social competencies, such as listening, focusing, problem-solving, emotional regulation, cooperation, leadership skills, appreciation of diversity, and reciprocal interactions.
The immediate allure of the drum, the sensory feedback it provides, and the pleasure gained from group music-making tend to motivate youth to participate and engage fully in the program. Additionally, traditional West African drums (djembe and dundun) are intensely athletic instruments and the traditional music is typically lively and energetic, allowing for physical catharsis, stress relief, and increased vitality for the participants.
Research has demonstrated that school-based drumming programs with a therapeutic component improve student attendance, their willingness to learn, self-esteem and ability to focus; and decrease serious behavioral incidents.
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For more information about bringing a Drum Club to your school or agency, contact Dee Desnoyers at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-348-3250.