Darbuka Drum

Darbuka Drum (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

At first thought grandma and drum might seem mutually exclusive words. Watch a music therapist or a drum facilitator lead a drum circle of older adults and you might just change your mind.

Drum circles can be a big hit with older adults when properly introduced and paced. I often include a drumming portion in my music enrichment sessions at area assisted living facilities.

Even more special is leading a intergenerational drum circle of assisted living residents, preschoolers, and their parents. The energy, smiles, and verbal exchanges are a total blast.

One the Music Sparks offering you can schedule at your Senior Living Community or your family gathering is Families in Rhythm (F.I.R.).  Schedule a consultation to learn more about this and other services.

Here are a few details about an F.I.R. sessions.

  • There are lots of rhymes, singing, drumming and moving by those in attendance.
  • The WHOLE family age 3 – 99 can enroll and take part.
  • Those without a family member can enroll and be a part of our rhythm family.
  • No prior drumming experience is required.
  • All percussion equipment is provided.

Here is a fun, simple chant you can use with an intergenerational drum group. I give you 4 examples of endless ways the group can modify the playing of the chant.http://youtu.be/-Bg9j13bAFM

Have you ever taken part in an intergenerational drum group? If so, please share your experiences in the comments below.

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