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What is a drum circle?

A drum circle is a celebration of life, community, and music-making in the moment.  Participants sit in a circle while playing drums and hand percussion, and join in creating a group rhythm. The circle is "moderated" by a facilitator who guides the group in rhythms and rhythm-based activities.

The community drum circle is an opportunity to enjoy a group activity with friends and neighbors.  It is a family-friendly event and open to all ages. No previous musical or drumming experience is necessary. It's all about FUN!


What is the difference between a community drum circle and a Stressbuster Drum Circle?

A community drum circle is open to everyone of all ages and is a family-friendly event. Another way to describe this event is to call it a rhythm party.

A Stressbuster Drum Circle combines several innovative relaxation techniques with drumming. Stressbuster Drum Circles are more structured than Community Drum Circles and are geared towards adults

What is a djembe?

A djembe is a goblet-shaped African drum. Traditional style drums have one-piece wood bodies, goatskin heads, and are tuned with ropes. In African cultures, the djembe is respected as a healing tool.

What is a djun-djun?

The djun-djun is a large, low sounding cylindrical drum.  It has two heads and is rope tuned.  Three different sized Djun-djuns (large, medium, and small) accompany African drum songs . These drums represent the "mother beat", the heartbeat or the fundamental rhythm that is the driving force behind all life.

Why should I choose Moe Jerant as my drum circle facilitator?

I approach all drum circles on an individual basis so each program is prepared as a custom piece.  I reach out to everyone in the circle and ask for their participation. I am a trained, experienced drum circle facilitator who knows how to engage drum circle participants and direct their energy toward a common goal.

What kind of rhythms can I learn?

In most circles you will not learn any specific rhythms or drum songs.  I address those in my classes. You will learn simple hand movements that you can use as you wish.  In drum circles, it is a good idea to play simply and enjoy the rest of the time creating with everyone in the moment.

What do you mean by "there are no wrong notes?"

Just that!  Any note, any sound, any rhythm you play in a drum circle is the right note. The point is to remove negative barriers by giving you "permission" to play.  Letting go, relaxing, and allowing yourself some time to experiment is the goal.

Do you offer classes so that I can learn to play?

Absolutely!  You might want to start with the "Newbie" class and progress from there. This 10-week program will give you the understanding, skills, and confidence to play in any circle and "hold your own".  Once you have conquered the "Newbie" material you can journey into an open enrollment class.  I also offer consultation sessions to help you evaluate your playing skills.

Where do you hold your drum circles?

Most drum circles and classes are held at Dave Phillips Music, 622 Union Boulevard in Allentown.

Will you come to my facility to hold a drum circle?

Yes!  Sometimes that is the best way to introduce drumming to folks that are interested, yet not sure about trying it. You may be be more relaxed and willing to give it a go if you are in comfortable, familiar surroundings. I will also supply drums and percussion sounds if you do not have them.

Do I need to provide my own drums?

Not immediately.  If you are interested in drumming, yet not ready to invest in your own drum, I provide extra drums and percussion sounds at all my events.  If you find yourself liking what you have discovered, you will probably buy a drum without a second thought.  If time permits, I can be available to advise you on your first purchase.

Please e-mail me with any questions you may have.  I look forward to drumming with you.
 
Moe
Maureen 'Moe' Jerant * (610) 428-0544
Lv Drum Circle  * P.O. Box 541, Bethlehem, PA 18016