Hello, and welcome to Drum O’ Clock, a Digital Community Drum Circle Experience. When the world experienced the Coronavirus World Pandemic in 2020, I was contacted by my school to figure out how to keep our school community together through music. I quickly thought a virtual community drum circle would be a great way to fulfill this need. Knowing that everyone had access to their voice, body, and found sounds, I started creating a model based on the community drum circle model I had learned from Arthur Hull, author of Drum Circle Facilitation: Building Community Through Rhythm.
The first live video was a success and drew interest from around the world. People were excited by the idea and kept joining the drum circle every day for two weeks. The culmination of this book is what I taught on Facebook Live prior to my school starting Non-Traditional Instruction.
The purpose of this book is to engage learners with a well-rounded approach to music that engages the learner from multiple perspectives using accessible instruments found around the home, as well as the voice and body percussion. The pedagogy originated from a collection of philosophies found in Orff-Schulwerk, Social and Emotional Learning, Community Drum Circles, and Mindfulness.
The lessons included in this book are ones that have been very successful throughout the world during the Coronavirus Pandemic of 2020. You can modify these lessons for homeschool populations, Non-Traditional Instruction, General Music Class, and community-building events.