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Drumming & World Music Workshops

Client: Corus Engineering

Participants: 30 participants, all male, middle aged, three hours

Venue: Hotel, Midlands

Brief: Thirty engineers in much need of a team building, morale and confidence boost. Factions within the team had highlighted issues with trust and cliques. 'Oh, and the team manager isn't up for the idea of drums at all...!'

Performance: Many different activities were done during the afternoon to look at specific issues of a team. Started with a drum circle, all participants playing only drums, and created an impressive and very powerful rhythm that immediately uplifted the group. The importance of team dynamics and roles within a team were highlighted using different percussion instruments, as was the importance of listening, both at the start of an activity and in an ongoing situation. A drum machine was used to show how technology can take away the heart and humanity of a group, but that used effectively it can support and enhance performance. Leadership and attitudes were also looked at, with different members having a turn at leading call and response activities. The importance of all parts of a team was highlighted using boom whackers, (tuned pipes), with a piece of music created by playing rhythms on the different tubes, and then seeing how different the music sounded as soon as one pipe stopped playing. Toward the end of the afternoon they were split into four groups and had to create their own piece of rhythmic music, which was a source of great amusement but also created considerable respect…

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