Remember growing up – when you had to be creative and make the presents for your family? Maybe it was just me, but I often made pencil holders out of soup cans and construction paper.
It seemed hokey but it was creative and from me. That is what the holidays are about!
Nothing is worse than not having the resources to give what you think is deserving of the people you care for. Especially when those people are dependent on you! You feel like you’re doing them a disservice.
When we think about activities that we can do with residents, music therapy is high on the list but generally costs quite a bit and the frequency is too low to really make a difference. Group drumming is in that family but also can be inhibitory from a cost standpoint.
“Music washes away the dust of every day life.”
Drumming is a blast and anyone, regardless of ability, can do it. It is scientifically proven to be a huge benefit to all kinds of people. Assisted living and nursing home residents are high on the list. The problem is that you need the equipment as well as someone to lead the group.
Well, you can get by without that expensive stuff! You can even have newbies and volunteers lead it if you’re short-staffed!
There are free audio group drumming sessions on this webpage: Click Here. It even includes a video on making your own instruments as well as links to buy inexpensive ones if you choose to do that (eventually).
“There are 106 miles to Chicago. We have a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark, and we’re wearing sunglasses. ”
No matter your situation, you can make this work. I regularly lead groups of kids, adults with disabilities, seniors, and more! There are plenty of free programs included on the page.
I SAID FREE!
They’ll get you started and you can decide if you want to buy the 50+ audio tracks at a special rate. For December, I’ve decided to give everyone a holiday gift. I know, I am like a modern day Robin Hood 🤠.
I am including a whole DIY program for conducting drum circles on your own. This includes words and phrases (I use language rather than written music to make it easy to play) that you can use, demonstration videos, games you can play, plans that you can use without preparing, and much more. Normally, they go for $197 each but for the rest of the month you get them both for $97!
“Are you not entertained?”
– Maximus Decimus Meridius
It really is of huge benefit to everyone. They love it and you’ll love it! Check out all of the free sessions and see for yourself. Good luck!