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Connect with the world's leading professional drum circle facilitators!
VMC is fully supported by American drum maker REMO, and is connected to drum circle facilitators who are active around the world. That connection is called the VMC Global Family.
The VMC Global Family spreads over more than 20 countries in America, Europe and Asia, and gathers online once a month to exchange information.
VMC Global Japan makes full use of this network to introduce drum circle situations, research cases, original programs, etc.
In addition, we invite instructors from overseas to provide on-site training.
VMC Global Japan has been working to create an environment where students can learn wherever they live since its establishment. Currently, in addition to web classes for members, we have various programs.
Online learning uses ZOOM.
The training for learning drum circle facilitation is divided into various courses, from beginner to advanced.
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Basic techniques of drum circle facilitation
Arthur Hull, who created the facilitated drum circle (where the facilitator exists), explains the drum circle facilitation. (With Japanese subtitles)
* To see subtitles, turn on YouTube subtitle settings.
It explains the basics of facilitation, such as the philosophy of drum circles, what to expect as a facilitator, and specific techniques.
Written by Nellie Hill / Arthur Hull, translated by Yoko Hayami / Tomoko Yokota, supervised by Tomoko Yokota
Production: Atlas Publishing
List price: 3,080 yen (tax included)
Click here for the voices of the participants
After finishing the drum circle facilitation training ~Voices from educators~
fresh! The facilitator is much more intuitive than the simple impromptu lead I had thought of. Everything is natural and fun!
(T University High School Lecturer Music)
What I learned in this training was the essence of "approach" necessary in daily education, such as grasping the atmosphere of the place, switching the atmosphere of the place, and the stance to create it. These days, even in university education, it is required to bring out active learning in students, but how to make students active is a state of trial and error. A big learning in this training is a hint on how to create an active place for the participants themselves. Drum circles are also a place where you can release your emotions through sound and feel where you belong in the circle. I think that experiencing a drum circle will give you an opportunity to become aware of your own emotions and the emotions of those around you.
(Professor, Faculty of Economics, M University)
For teachers, it is essential to have the ability to read the situation and respond flexibly. In the training, rather than superficial facilitation, he created an opportunity to learn about the difficulty and importance of facilitation that encourages participants' initiative while judging objectively.
(part-time lecturer at Y Gakugei University, Faculty of Education, Department of Children)
The content is "communication, coexistence, and drawing out the inner voice of the heart," which is lacking in modern society. Isn't this training the most needed right now?
(H social education committee member)
In a drum circle, you can develop a better musicality while building a foundation step by step, build a relationship of trust with each other, and reconsider yourself.
(Teacher at K Municipal School for the Handicapped)
After the One-Day Seminar ~Voices of Sapporo Otani University Music Therapy Course Students~
It was impressive that even without a conductor, we were able to share wonderful music and space through simple instructions such as eyes and hands and mutual feelings. It was a very fulfilling time as each of us was able to participate in our own way.
Before I experienced the drum circle, I thought I would just make a circle and hit the drums, but it was far better than I expected. It's hard to explain what I like about it, but in a nutshell, I think it's about being able to feel "human-like." It was really fun. Thank you very much.
At first, I was surprised when the performance started when I noticed it, but I enjoyed the performance as a whole while I was doing it. It was very comfortable to be able to communicate our thoughts without exchanging words, such as eye contact.
As a facilitator, Mr. Tom Tom's facial expressions and actions included many important non-verbal communication as a therapist, and I was able to get hints for my future studies.