Title

Therapeutic Drumming for Community: Using Inclusive African Drumming to Teach Self-Regulation and Social Skill

Format

Individual Presentation

First Presenter's Institution

Youth Villages, Inner Harbour Campus

First Presenter’s Email Address

james.harris@youthvillages.org

First Presenter's Brief Biography

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.

Location

Pre-Conference Workshops (Plimsoll)

Strand #1

Head: Academic Achievement & Leadership

Strand #2

Head: Academic Achievement & Leadership

Relevance

Presenter will Provide.

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 participants discuss the traditional uses of drumming and community in West Africa. This portion of the workshop will also discuss how structured rhythmic activities can specifically work on healing the brain of youth who have grown up with multiple traumas. The other 75% will be experiential as they learn some powerful warm-up activities and a traditional West African rhythm. By the end of the workshop, everyone will be drumming joyfully in the community.

Summary

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 participants discuss the traditional uses of drumming and community in West Africa. This portion of the workshop will also discuss how structured rhythmic activities can specifically work on healing the brain of youth who have grown up with multiple traumas. The other 75% will be experiential as they learn some powerful warm-up activities and a traditional West African rhythm. By the end of the workshop, everyone will be drumming joyfully in the community.

Evidence

Presenter will Provide.

Learning Objective 1

N/A

Learning Objective 2

N/A

Learning Objective 3

N/A

Presentation Year

2022

Start Date

3-6-2022 1:30 PM

End Date

3-6-2022 4:30 PM

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Therapeutic Drumming for Community: Using Inclusive African Drumming to Teach Self-Regulation and Social Skill

Pre-Conference Workshops (Plimsoll)

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 participants discuss the traditional uses of drumming and community in West Africa. This portion of the workshop will also discuss how structured rhythmic activities can specifically work on healing the brain of youth who have grown up with multiple traumas. The other 75% will be experiential as they learn some powerful warm-up activities and a traditional West African rhythm. By the end of the workshop, everyone will be drumming joyfully in the community.