DRUMBEAT® is an acronym for Discovering Relationships Using Music, Beliefs, Emotions, Attitudes, and Thoughts. Developed in Australia by Holyoake, a renowned mental health and counseling agency, the DRUMBEAT® program is a ten-week protocol for small groups (12 or less). The focus is developing social skills and self-efficacy through a combination of social learning theory and cognitive behavioral therapy that lead to improved emotional regulation, increased self-esteem and sense of belonging, along with improved social skills that support healthy relationships. Combining cognitive processes with group drumming, participants explore self and social topics while practicing life skills to develop resilience. Rhythm is used to enhance and affirm dialogue-driven peer interaction about how we can better relate to one another and to the world around us.

Artist Background

Greg Whitt has received three competitive Regional Artist Project Grants from United Arts, two for the study of folkloric music in the Caribbean and one to support specialized drumming in wellness settings. With a graduate certificate in Transformative Leadership from the Maryland University of Integrative Health, his programs are actually hands-on philosophy about how we can live, work, and play well together in community. Only they’re cleverly disguised as music. And they’re delivered as interactive and engaging fun. Working in corporations, congregations, communities and classrooms, Greg facilitates team building, education, and wellness programs using music as the metaphor for life in rhythm and harmony with one another and with the world around us.

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