Presentation Title

Therapeutic Drumming: A Percussion Discussion

Brief Biography

Tom Harris, M.S., founder of Ten Blocks Away and the Youth Villages Therapeutic Drumming program, has been a musician since the mid 70’s. He studied and played trombone in college and in the community for a number of years. After receiving his Masters degree in Counseling, he began playing djembe in 1996 and created the Therapeutic Drumming program at Youth Villages outside of Atlanta. He has used this to work with some of Georgia’s most difficult children and youth, and has performed with them in 8 states. Notable performances were at the Lincoln Center in 2002, and music festivals in Washington, D.C in 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2011. In 2009 he began certifying Therapeutic Drumming Facilitators in his model.

A popular presenter, he has conducted workshops at numerous professional conferences around the country and internationally. He was the Jim Klee Forum keynote speaker at the University of West Georgia in 2004 as well as for the Drum Circle Facilitator’s Guild Conference in 2010..

Highest Degree of Presenter(s)

Masters

Presentation Abstract

This workshop will present the basic tenets of Youth Villages' Therapeutic Drumming program. Principles and research will be presented as the participants learn beginning djembe technique and work on their first traditional drumming piece. No prior drumming experience will be needed.

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Therapeutic Drumming: A Percussion Discussion

This workshop will present the basic tenets of Youth Villages' Therapeutic Drumming program. Principles and research will be presented as the participants learn beginning djembe technique and work on their first traditional drumming piece. No prior drumming experience will be needed.