This year we have introduced a programme called Heartbeat.
This programme (officially called Drumbeat) uses hand drumming to engage young people. The drum used in this programme is a Djembe.
- It’s exciting (cool)
- It’s easy to play (reduces fear of failure)
- It’s powerful (demands attention) and;
- Playing it is physical (releases tension)
The drum is an instrument many people feel comfortable with and playing it with others is a way of communicating.
The programme is taught to groups of 8-10 students over a period of 10 lessons and ends with a performance which gives recognition to their achievement
Sessions are structured and have specific themes that explore issues such as:-
- Peer Pressure
- Teamwork and;
- Emotional Expression
It provides a safe place to explore human relationships and practise the skills that enable healthy social interaction, connection and self- esteem.
Throughout the programme participants are involved in a range of practices to achieve outcomes such as recognising and regulating emotions, developing empathy for and understanding of others, establishing positive relationships, working effectively in teams and handling challenging situations constructively.
The drumbeat program is currently being delivered in over 500 schools and organisations across Australia and New Zealand and there is much evidence to its success. Further information about Drumbeat can be obtained from the website www.holyoake.org.au/drumbeat