Event Type: Team Building Activity (Drum Workshop)
Venue: National Centre for Early Music, York
Duration: 2 hours
Numbers: 35 delegates
Our brief was to provide a team building activity that promoted communication and collaboration between a group of colleagues that work together but rarely see each other in person. There are so many benefits to a drum workshop as it highlights many parallels seen in the work place.
The video below gives an overview of the activity and it’s benefits:
The two hour session is broken down into smaller stages. Initially we use body percussion and our voice to learn simple rhythms and patterns before transferring these new skills onto the drums. As confidence grows, more and more rhythms are overlaid on top of each other. The end result is a powerful, resounding piece of music that sounds complicated, yet its underlying components are incredibly simple. The parallels with the work place and how individual roles contribute to the bigger picture are striking. The importance of listening and working with others is a great lesson in a drum circle. The lack of hierarchy gives everyone the opportunity to lead at times and to follow when required. Very importantly, the activity is fun. The more the participants smile and relax, the stronger the rhythms and the more dynamic and cohesive the overall sound.
Drumming is just one form of team building we offer using music and we can incorporate choirs and dance into our team building activities. Please get in touch if you are interested in learning more.
The venue for this event was The National Centre for Early Music in York. The acoustics of this stone building were superb.