A heart beat is the first thing we all hear in life. No wonder a beat is the same thing that can unite us all together. The drum is an ancient tool of communication and community building. In Africa and in many other cultures around the world, before any major tribal decision is made, the community gathers together at the centre of the village to make music. This joyous making of music breaks down barriers and creates a sense of unity, thus enabling communities to become more effective in their decision-making.
Promoting unity and team-building
Music is a universal language. Interactive drumming breaks down barriers of hierarchy, age, gender, culture and language. Drumming is a great ice-breaker, and is an effective way to get a diverse group of people communicating, listening to one another and working together as a team to create music. It evokes togetherness and leaves participants with a sense of belonging.
Leave your group stimulated, relaxed and more receptive
Participants quickly reach an alpha state, which enhances focus and clarity. Drumming is therefore ideal during long conferences – to revitalize and refocus participants between presentations or before speeches or awards. Drumming relieves stress - when you hit the drum you are placed squarely in the here and now.
Participants are taught to stop thinking and start feeling the rhythm! Left and right brain are used simultaneously. This promotes creative or ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking.
Learning and insight
The analogy between the orchestra and the team provides great insight. Participants learn through the musical experience just how important it is to collaborate and listen to one another. They also learn the value of their own individual contribution within the context of the team.
The 'fun' aspect of a Drum Cafe event is completely infectious: even the most reserved or cynical member of the team will be smiling and beating away on his or her drum by the end of the event. Interactive drumming with the Drum Cafe is a real celebration!
Any organisation has the potential to improve itself through better and stronger teamwork, and the benefits of good teamwork can produce amazing results in achieving your goals. Drum Cafe's team-building techniques bypass the 'thinking' processes of the brain and instead focus on what can be felt through your body and heart, using the communicative benefits of interactive drumming. It strengthens the interpersonal relations of your organisation through the development of communication tools. Our techniques are designed to grow effective and productive communication in your organisation, and inspire the best possible work environment for your members. It can also help you develop new leaders and foster a sense of innovation and creativity in your group.
We offer an optional review workshop after the conclusion of the Interactive Drumming, to reinforce the themes of the event and ensure that all participants gain a full understanding of the event goals and themes.