A #MusicTherapyBloggers Challenge by Julie Palmieri of Serenade Design caused me to look at my book shelf.  Her simple challenge to share a summary and take-away from a book or article made me stop and consider what it was I wanted to share.

Empowering others to lead drum circlesWith my current series of drum circles, my wish was to share something that supported development of drum circles. Trust me, there are several must have books including many listed in this post for Session Cafe Members. But there is a bright green book on my shelf not mentioned in this post that challenges music therapist to empower others to lead drum circles with older adults:Group Rhythm and Drumming with Older Adults: Music Therapy Techniques and Multimedia Training Guide (affiliate link) (If you are an AMTA member I highly recommend purchasing this book through the AMTA Online Store where you receive $10 off!)

As much as we would like a board certified music therapists to offer services to ever senior living community, right now there aren’t enough of us for that to happen. Music therapists Barbara Reuer, Barbara Crowe and Barry Bernstein created a training strategy we can use to empower others to lead drum circles with older adults.

A four-week training curriculum, support materials and a CD mean less time prepping materials. (Planning over a cup of coffee was what Session Cafe was created for.) To top it off, they provide equipment recommendations. Talk about an easy button for writing a grant to fund this offering!

Having a “zero budget instrumentation” by Margery Baumgartner challenges me to be creative with what I have.

Drum circles can be powerful. There is no single way to approach them. Annual and Lifetime Session Cafe Members can listen to recordings of webinars with Becky Watson, MT-BC and  Kathy Quain, MT-BC for ideas and tips.

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Reuer, Barbara Louise, Barbara J. Crowe, and Barry Bernstein. Group Rhythm and Drumming with Older Adults: Music Therapy Techniques and Multimedia Training Guide. Silver Spring, Md.: American Music Therapy Association, 2007. Print.