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Frequently Asked Questions

1)  What is a drum circle/rhythm program?

2)  What are the benefits of a rhythm program?

3)  Is a rhythm program right for my group?

4)  How long does a typical program last?

5)  How do you create a coordinated series of programs for companies?

6)  It sounds great, but it seems unusual.  I'm unsure whether all of the members of our group would enjoy it.

7)  What are the fees for your services?

8)  What facilities/logistics do your programs require?

9)  Do you sell drum and percussion packages?

10)  Are your programs available outside of Colorado?

11)  Do you carry liability insurance?

1)  What is a drum circle/rhythm program?

    First, we create a fun, dynamic, empowering atmosphere in which everybody feels comfortable participating, regardless of experience.  We use a variety of rhythm techniques, activities and instruments to customize each program and accomplish your objectives.  We also provide each person with a drum, shaker, and/or other percussion instruments that they can use to creatively express themselves during the program. 

   Within minutes, your group will be playing rhythms and making music through their collective spirits.   We then facilitate the learning process to unite your group. The drum circle and rhythm program serves as an experiential learning process for understanding and developing teams, valuing unity through diversity, resolving conflict, enhancing communication skills, developing leaders, releasing stress, wellness awareness, or any number of programs that we customize to each client.  Ultimately, our drum circles and rhythm programs have a unique ability to connect people in a deeply meaningful way that continues long after the music ends.      

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2)  What are the benefits of a rhythm program?

   Group empowerment drumming develops self-expression, creativity, and powerfully builds unity through diversity.  It promotes listening and communication skills and breaks down barriers between departments, associates, and people.  More than that, it’s energizing, fun, and an experiential based means of learning.

    Our consultant, Jonathan M. Crowder, JD, has trained directly with neurologist Barry Bittman, MD, and Christine Stevens, MSW, MT-BC, through the Health Rhythms™ program sponsored by Remo drums.  Dr. Bittman and Ms. Stevens developed the Health Rhythms™ protocol. 

    Dr. Bittman conducted landmark research published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, 2001, which showed that Health Rhythms™ programs release stress and increase the disease fighting activity of white blood cells that kill cancer cells and virally-infected cells. 

    Also, in a groundbreaking research study published in Advances in Mind-Body Medicine, November 2003, a Health Rhythms™ program was conducted over six weeks with employees at a long term care facility.  The intervention improved employee emotional well being and cut employee turnover by 18.3 percent, which resulted in substantial cost savings to the company.  More specifically, the intervention is proposed to reduce employee turnover by 11 employees per 100 beds.  In the study, the intervention exceeded those expectations.  With an industry average cost of $8,100 per employee turnover, the direct cost savings for a facility with 100 beds would be $89,100.  And, the principles and program applied in the study can be adapted to a wide variety of companies.

Health Rhythms™ Research

Press Release for Research (November 2003)- Recreational Music Making Significantly Reduces Employee Turnover in Long Term Care Facility 

Press Release for Research (July 2004)- Study Finds Group Recreational Music Making Relieves Stress and Burnout in Nursing Students

Press Release for Research (February 2005)- Recreational Music Making Reverses Stress at a Genomic Level

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3)  Is a rhythm program right for my group?

    Our programs are highly successful and effective with a wide variety of groups- organizations, sports teams, educational institutions and schools, keynotes, not-for-profits, at-risk youth, spiritual/personal growth retreats, and more.  We offer individual or a coordinated series of programs on building team spirit, health and wellness, personal and spiritual growth, celebration, and community building.  We also have programs for groups of up to 1000 and more.  And, we adapt our programs to address each group’s specific issues and needs.  An important part of our services are our preprogram consultations to understand your group or organization.

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4)  How long does a typical program last?

    A typical program lasts for an hour to two hours, depending on each client's needs.  One hour is typically a minimum for a program, but depending on your group's needs we will be happy to customize a program to meet your objectives.  We also specialize in designing half, full and multiple day workshops and retreats to further layer the learning experience for each participant.  If we're conducting a coordinated series of programs over weeks or months, then each program builds on the learning from the previous program.  We'll adapt to meet your needs.  Our programs can be particularly beneficial when we have the opportunity to consult with an organization over an extended period of time.

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5)  How do you create a coordinated series of programs for organizations?

    As consultants, we seek first to understand each client's specific issues, needs, and objectives.  Then, we actively address those needs through a customized program. 

    As an example, we conduct a coordinated series of six-week Health Rhythms™ programs focused on reducing employee turnover in  high employee burnout workplaces.  In a recent landmark research study, a series of Health Rhythmsprograms was conducted for six weeks with the staff and employees at a long term care facility.  The program significantly improved employee emotional well being and cut the turnover rate by nearly twenty percent.  More specifically, the intervention is proposed to reduce employee turnover by 11 employees per 100 beds.  In the study, the intervention exceeded those expectations.  With an industry average cost of $8,100 per employee turnover, the direct cost savings for a facility with 100 beds would be $89,100.

    Additional Health Rhythmsresearch with nursing students produced nearly identical results.  The research projects that a six-week Health Rhythms™ program can dramatically improve nurse retention rates producing annual savings of $322,000 for the average 280-nurse acute care hospital.

Press Release for Health Rhythms Research Published November 2003 

Press Release for Health Rhythms™ Research Published July 2004

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6)  It sounds great, but unusual.  I'm unsure whether all of the members of our group would enjoy it.

    Our programs are consistently fun and highly successful, even when clients thought they were taking a chance.  We create an atmosphere that empowers everybody to feel comfortable drumming, regardless of experience.   And, people overwhelmingly respond to the opportunity to make music.  We've worked with people of different backgrounds, occupations, ages, cultures, ethnicities, religions, and gender.  While some people may initially be skeptical, we use a variety of tools and techniques to create a "safe space" for everybody.  We've also worked with many people claiming to have no rhythm, who then discover their innate rhythm through our programs.  One of our favorite sayings is that if you have a heartbeat, then you naturally have rhythm.

    Ultimately, we aim to empower each person to feel free to express themselves and have fun.  As they then contribute their music and spirit to the circle, the group begins to unite rhythmically and create their song.  We facilitate a learning process of understanding and developing this unity, then "get out of the way" and help the group listen and experience itself in a new, connected way.  When that happens, the newfound connectedness of the group emerges and continues beyond the experience of the circle.  That's the magic for us and for your group.  

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7)  What are the fees for your services?

    Our fees are determined by several factors such as the size of your group or organization, location, the extent of our services, etc...  Please contact us for a proposal.  

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8)  What facilities/logistics do your programs require?

  • A room, preferably carpeted, that's large enough to accommodate your group seated in chairs in a circle
  • Depending on the size of your group, the circle layout may include concentric circles with no more than 20-25 chairs in the inner circle
  • A sufficient number of chairs for your group, preferably without arms to facilitate drumming 
  • A wireless lavaliere or headset microphone and audio-visual needs depending on the size of your group

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9)  Do you sell drums and percussion packages?

    Yes.  We can include drums and percussion packages as part of our services.  We're endorsed by Remo drum company and recommend their products.

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10)  Are your programs available outside of Colorado?

    Yes. We are based in Colorado, but we provide programs nationally and internationally.  As a Remo endorsed facilitator, we have access to drums and instruments worldwide. 

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11)  Do you carry general liability insurance?

    Yes.   

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