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All in the circle is not what it appears.

Over the last week a circle whose contrasting experiences have struck me and further opened up awareness of what is going on around me, never taking anything for granted and questioning everything even what is going on inside for me. In the circle a participant spent the entire circle refusing to sit down, walking around […]

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Drumming and Singing in Schools.

I was drumming recently when in a short break  between circles I was chatting to a primary school teacher. We were talking about the current state of the education system, but specifically music or to some extent the lack of it. The teacher had been trying to get drumming into a school without much success. […]

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Client Feedback

Continuing on from my previous short post about feedback that you as a facilitator are often unaware of  comes the direct form that you are aware. When someone speaks or writes to you and lets you know the effect the work that you have been doing has on them. I received some from one of […]

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Staff Room Feedback.

I am often driven to extol the benefits of drumming on Facebook, to any one who will listen to me and from time to time write a short anecdote about the impact that I have seen. However what I really enjoy is to hear the feedback that you get from the staff during lunch time […]

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Gently Challenge Everything.

I am an infrequent blogger, but felt moved to type a short passage to encourage fellow drum circle facilitators to challenge what they are presented with in their day to day work. Having completed in excess of 600 special needs drum circles or rhythm making events I have noticed a few common threads that run […]

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A Week In The Life.

I call myself a drum circle and rhythm event facilitator and often wondered if people really know what I do. So I thought that it might be useful to see what the day to day work of a drum circle and rhythm event facilitator entails. I took the GOPRO on the road and recorded my […]

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Nepal Drum Circle Fundraiser

A big thank you to all those that have donated, supported or came along and drummed for this fundraiser. I have heard from my sister in law working in Nepal. She has sent some photographs of the work being done out there and to which some of your money has gone towards. Below is some […]

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Working with Warren.

This is Warren. In 2004 Warren was involved in a horific accident, being knocked from his motorbike which left him with some horrendous and very life changing injuries. Since then he has been in various stages of rehabilitation. We met at QEF in Leatherhead where I drum regularly for the clients there. Sadly he was […]

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Drumming with Senior Drummers

There were 40 older Ladies and a smattering of Gents and we were drumming, singing and chanting all within the confines of a care home on a Friday afternoon. It was an inspiring picture and one I truly love taking part in and facilitating. I normally start with shakers and small hand bells together with […]

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Challenging Disability through Drumming Part 3.

A Facilitators Perspective. I am very lucky to be able to drum with a diverse number of special needs groups, which is hugely rewarding. However from a facilitators perspective I find it sometimes hard to judge if the session went well. I have realised that alot of this says more about me than it does […]

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