- Posted by concierge
- On September 16, 2014
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During the Summer Program, students where given the chance to follow the beat to their own drums. LaunchPad the Center opened up a new program for the summer called Drum Circles and World Rhythms.
Dallas Shreve, a native of Ohio, taught the class during the summer program twice a week. Shreve attended Youngstown State University and majored in percussion.
“Part of the therapeutic nature of the drums has to do with the expression of oneself on the drum. The expression must be met by everyone else with respect. Just like a conversation, when someone else is talking, you listen,” said Shreve
According to Shreve, he really became interested in drum circles after hearing a lecture while attending YSU. The lecture involved discussing the health benefits to weekly gatherings.
Shreve is attempting to replicate the therapeutic techniques that are being used my many companies along the west coast in his class at LaunchPad. He begins his class by having everyone understand basic rhythms.
“It’s exciting to see a kid come in, seemingly with no rhythm, and by the end be leading the entire group. I love seeing the “Aha” moments in kids’ eyes. Middle-schoolers are very teachable. It’s the perfect age to learn music,” said Shreve.
Shreve aims to focus on the basics and fundamentals of music. According to Shreve, he spent a lot of time in music school learning information that he almost never used. He chooses to spend time on practical things and will be showing the students at LaunchPad exactly that.
“Middle school students are hungry for something beyond video games. When you play an instrument, you have the ability to influence and touch those around you. Who doesn’t want to do that,” said Shreve.
You can watch a video of the students playing in the Drum Circle here.