DRUMBEAT was developed  in 2003 as a means to engage at risk youth. It is now taught and used by young people and adults in schools, youth services, drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities, child protection residential facilities, mental health services, children’s hospitals, refugee trauma associations and prisons. Now, this cutting edge program is available to prisons, youth detention centers, rehabilitation facilities, and foster care facilities in the Southeast.




John is also a regular contributing author on the Therapeutic Drumming Blog.

DRUMBEAT is a flexible program that uses experiential learning and engages young people and adults who may be anxious or resistant to ‘talk based’ therapies.

DRUMBEAT explores relationship issues such as:

  • Peer Pressure
  • Bullying
  • Dealing with emotions
  • Identity
  • Social responsibility
  • Teamwork

The DRUMBEAT program protocol is ideal for:

  • Detention Centers
  • Substance abuse facilities
  • Alternative schools

DRUMBEAT promotes social understanding and connection through a team drumming experience. It is fun, safe, creative, engaging and rewarding. Participants lift their self-esteem, learn to work cooperatively and are exposed to the therapeutic and recreational benefits of music.

Theoretical Model Underpinning DrumBeat Program

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