Where there is a heartbeat, there is rhythm.
That's the motto of the Academy of Music's new drum circle facilitator Anya McRae. McRae and the Academy are gearing up to create a community drum circle in Chilliwack this fall.
Drum circles offers hope for those who believe they have no musical bone in their body-everyone can bang on a drum and, with time, players develop musical sensitivity and dexterity. But both novices and professional musicians can be drawn to join drum circles
because of the social element. People of all backgrounds, ages, interests and abilities get together to make music and develop friendships.
"You're drawn closer to people when you share the same activity together," said McRae, a great promoter of drum circle's community value.
Beyond the musical and social aspects, drums circles are known for their therapeutic value. But McRae does not like to use the word "therapy" in this context because it implies a problem. Drum circles are for everyone, no matter their circumstances, so she prefers to speak of improving overall "well-being."
The Academy's Drum Circle starts Sept. 6 at 5 p.m. at the Cultural Centre. Sessions will be held the first and third Friday of each month until June. Drop-in fee is $5 per session and participants can prepay for six sessions by purchasing a punch card available onsite. Instruments are provided.
. For more information about the drum circle and other group programs, contact the academy office at email@example.com or call 604-792-0790.
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