Kids fol­low beat to con­fi­dence

Central and North Burnett Times - - SCHOOL NEWS -

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.

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