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Together in Rhythm: A Facilitator's Guide to Drum Circle Music, Book & DVD Paperback – November 1, 2004
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There are two things in my mind that stand out in this book that are part of what separates it from the other books out there. First, during the well-thought out sequence, Kalani consistently returns to his concise underpinnings in order to elaborate important points throughout the book. This contributes to the books overall organization and ease of use. Second, Kalani has developed a facilitation notation system called Drum Circle Music Iconography. The symbols are easy to use, and offer an invaluable tool for creation of musical sequences, and more importantly, analysis of our facilitation skills through visual representation and recollection.
As if that weren't enough (and no, I don't have Kalani's gift for concise speaking ; ) )
The book also comes with a DVD.Read more ›
Although other types of drum circles are discussed (community, training and development, and health & wellness), Kalani's specialty is the educational drum circle, and along with its companion book, "The Amazing Jamnasium," (64 pgs., with CD), "Together in Rhythm" will be a boon to classroom teachers. His system of symbols and notation, which he calls Drum Circle Music Iconography, the many suggested musical games, and the accessibility of percussion instruments should help to make this activity user-friendly for even the youngest participants.
Kalani explains and reinforces the essence of the drum circle, and if you're brand-new to it...helps you to grasp the basic workings, procedures/protocols, philosophy, attitudes, etc associated with group drumming...so that you go into it a little better informed.
Still...there's no substitute for actually jumping in and trying it out with people...new group drummers will probably learn a lot upon re-watching and re-reading these materials after trying it out in person.
I highly recommend this as a resource for those wanting to get involved in group drumming or in starting their own group.
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Kalani is clear and helpful. I'm a music and movement teacher, and I got some great ideas to use in class and in concert. Read morePublished on July 29, 2014 by J. Neal
I use this book a lot in my k-8 music classroom when working with percussion instruments. The activities are fun and engaging.Published on December 7, 2013 by Jessica Robbins
I bought this book on a recommendation of my friend and read it from cover to cover on a trip to wildwood. Read morePublished on July 14, 2012 by Sam526
I am just getting started with drumming - but I have facilitated other kinds of groups for many years. Read morePublished on April 12, 2011 by Robert Puckett
This book has great exercises and games. I use them all the time but I may change it up a bit and create my own methods. I recommend it to any drum facilitator.Published on January 30, 2011 by Desi