Title

A Percussion Discussion

First Presenter's Institution

Youth Villages, Inner Harbour Campus

Second Presenter's Institution

N/A

Third Presenter's Institution

N/A

Fourth Presenter's Institution

NA

Fifth Presenter's Institution

NA

Location

Session 8 (Harborside Center East)

Strand #1

Social & Emotional Skills

Strand #2

Mental & Physical Health

Relevance

Structured Therapeutic Drumming sessions offer participants a rich environment in which to learn a wide variety of social and emotional skills, through listening, cooperating, and supporting each other as they learn a challenging new skill. They are also encouraged to express their feelings, both verbally and musically. Therapeutic Drumming also helps heal past trauma by teaching self regulating, bottom up skills and creating an environment in which they can feel safe enough to begin developing new attachment skills.

Brief Program Description

This dynamic workshop will expose participants to the theory and practice of Youth Villages' Therapeutic Drumming Program. About 25% of the workshop will be didactic, as we talk about the traditional uses of drumming and community in West Africa, and discuss how structured rhythmic activities can specifically work on healing the brain of youth who have grown up with multiple trauma. The other 75% will be experiential, as we learn some powerful warm-up activities and a traditional West African rhythm. By the end of the workshop we will be drumming joyfully in community.

Summary

Facilitators will explain the purpose and results of therapeutic drumming for youth at risk and allow attendees to actually learn and perform a West African rhythm. Current research on the outcomes of therapeutic drumming will be included in the presentation.

Evidence

  1. Creative Musical Expression as a Catalyst for Quality-of-Life Improvement in Inner –City Adolescents Placed ina Court-Referred Residential Treatment Program.

    Barry Bittman, M.D.; Larry Dickson, MA; Kim Coddington, PhD.

  2. It is Not Just Music and Rhythm… Evaluation of a Drumming-Based Intervention to Improve the Social Well-being of Alienated Youth

    Simon Faulkner, Lisa Wood, Penny Ivery, and Robert Donovan

  3. Holyoake’s Drum Beat Program: Music as a Tool for Social Learning and Improved Educational Outcome.

    Simon Faulkner - The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, Vol 39, 2010

Format

Individual Presentation

Biographical Sketch

Tom Harris, M.S., founder of the Youth Villages Therapeutic Drumming program, has been a musician since the mid 70’s. 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. Notable performances with youth 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.

Tatiana Rolles is currently the Lead Therapeutic West African Drumming Instructor at Youth Villages, a residential treatment facility in Douglasville, GA. Tatiana started in the field of helping at risk youth in 2002 at St. Annes Institute in Albany, NY. Throughout the 10 years of her career at St. Annes, she mentored and taught African Dance with the Student Theatre Outreach Program (S.T.O.P) for the Albany NAACP branch for youth in the community. Three years ago, she took interest in learning the Djembe to expand her West African knowledge. She now provides therapeutic drumming and African Dance to over 120 children and youth every week and is co-instructor for the Therapeutic Drumming Instructors’ Training.

Keyword Descriptors

Expressive Arts, Trauma Informed Care, Community

Presentation Year

2019

Start Date

3-6-2019 9:45 AM

End Date

3-6-2019 11:00 AM

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A Percussion Discussion

Session 8 (Harborside Center East)

This dynamic workshop will expose participants to the theory and practice of Youth Villages' Therapeutic Drumming Program. About 25% of the workshop will be didactic, as we talk about the traditional uses of drumming and community in West Africa, and discuss how structured rhythmic activities can specifically work on healing the brain of youth who have grown up with multiple trauma. The other 75% will be experiential, as we learn some powerful warm-up activities and a traditional West African rhythm. By the end of the workshop we will be drumming joyfully in community.