Kids follow beat to confidence
DRUMBEAT stands for “discovering relationships using music – beliefs, emotions, attitudes and thoughts”.
The program uses the rhythm of drums to build confidence, aid communication and build healthy relationships and is being implemented at Mundubbera State School.
For many students the thought of learning a musical instrument is daunting but the drum is an easy instrument to play and allows emotions to be expressed and groups to work together to quickly produce an impressive performance.
The program is made up of five key components – drum songs to promote collaboration and increased levels of focus and commitment, drum games with analogies that support engagement and teamwork, discussions linked to healthy relationships that encourage personal reflection, improvisation that supports creative approaches to new challenges and a performance that provides recognition of achievement and a link to community.
About 50% of the training is drum instruction and students do not need prior musical knowledge.
DRUMBEAT is being delivered by more than 500 schools and organisations across Australia and New Zealand.
Young people who complete the program are more willing and able to engage in group activities.
They feel more confident, less anxious and have a greater sense of belonging.
GET THE DRUM: Mundubbera Year 5 students get into the DRUMBEAT program in their lunch break.