Corporate Drumming FAQ's

A corporate drumming activity may be just what your event needs & on this page we have collated some of our clients regular questions and our answers.

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Regular Questions Include:

Why Drumming as a Team Building Activity?

1. The activity includes everyone irrespective of background, education or past experiences.

2. It is one of the few team building activities that can involve a large group of people at once without the need to break the group up into smaller groups.

3. Creating rhythm is primal and at some level is natural for everyone. It’s easy to do and it is great fun.

4. Its straightforward to gauge the success of the activities – the participants can instantly hear and feel when it’s working or not working.

5. Drumming as a group creates an uplifting energy that is powerful and memorable.

Is it a good Ice Breaker?

It is a great icebreaker because the energy created by the drums is so exciting that participants really want to join in and move with the music.

Within many religious faiths and healing practices the vibration of musical instruments (drums, bells, chants etc) are seen as a way to clear the energy and prepare for what is to follow. Many clients have commented upon how the drumming set a positive tone that was upheld throughout the conference.

How does it work?

The room/space is set up so that upon each participants chair there is a drum. When the participants come into the room they pick up their drums and following the guidance of the facilitator they commence playing simple through to more complex and layered rhythms as the session progresses.

The Drum Beats facilitator is highly skilled in bringing out the best in the participants. The Drum Beats facilitators bring forward a great deal of experience and just as importantly the enthusiasm and creativity to bring any group to musical life!

What is the best sized group for team building?

The best sized group is any number from ten up to thousands of people! Naturally different dynamics and levels of energy are created in different group sizes. Either a small group or a large group work well; it is relative to the objectives of the conference, event or session.

Does Drum Beats have a venue?

Drum Beats comes to the venue of your choice or Drum Beats can recommend a venue. Drum Beats has partnerships with some hotels and can recommend many of the venues at which it has previously conducted team building activities.

What sized room/space is required for a drumming team building activity?

We can work with you and make almost any space work.

Usually we use the room that the conference is being held in.

Provided there is enough room for each participant to have a chair and space for the Drum Beats musicians, the space will be large enough.

How should the room/Space be set up?

There are several ways to set up the room

1. Semi Circle/U shape – Chairs in a semi circle, one or several rows with (or without) an aisle down the middle.

2. Theatre Style – Chairs in straight rows facing the front of the room with (or without) an aisle down the middle.

3. Club Style – Chairs around tables, as is often the case at dinner functions and conferences.

4. Herringbone – Chairs in a v-shaped row facing the front of the room with (or without) an aisle down the middle).

Can we do the session outdoors?

Outdoors is great, especially when the weather is on our side!

We don't have much time in our schedule - can it still work?

Yes, for larger events it can be incredibly powerful and memorable even when there is only 10 minutes available. The logistical side of the activity often becomes the crucial factor in these cases. Drum Beats is experienced in successfully dealing with these situations.

How much time do we need for a team building session?

The time frames that we recommend are as follows

1. Ice breaker 10 to 45 minutes

2. Conference Opening 10 to 45 minutes

3. Energy Raiser – 5 to 20 minutes

4. Team Building Activity – 30 to 120 minutes

We are a very conservative group - I am not sure if this team building activity will work?

On many occasions over the past 6 years some clients have initially expressed some concern as to whether their group would really participate and benefit from a Drum Beats team building session.

On each occasion the client has been very happily surprised by the level of participation of even the most conservative members of their delegation. This leads us to suggest – On balance we are all just human beings called upon to play certain roles in life/work which are often habit forming. Often an opportunity to interact in a different way i.e. communicating through rhythm in a drumming team building session is really enjoyed and much appreciated.

What about if we have no sense of rhythm?

At Drum Beats we believe that everyone has a natural sense of rhythm. For some people it may be untapped or need rediscovering.

Drum Beats most important skills lie with the ability of the facilitators to really connect with the participants, and encourage them to be solely in the moment and enjoy creating the music with their colleagues.

How will this help my company?

We can guarantee the participants will be talking about the event for weeks to come. There will be a buzz in the office resulting from the fun of working to a common beat.

Happy people = productive, intuitive & smarter people.

Why do you use drums?

The drum is probably the easiest instrument to use. Hitting a drum is therapeutic. It allows people to release energy in a way not usually possible. During a Drum Beats team building exercise, participants listen to each other and play to a common beat. Participants see, hear and feel the advantage of working together. The group sounds terrific and individuals gain from an exhilarating experience of team work.

Will you show us how to play the drums?

Actual technique is secondary.

Our primary objective is to offer participants an experience of the unity and community created by interactive group dynamics. (We do some very simple, easy to implement techniques.)

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