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14 of 14 found the following review helpful:
The book I've been looking for.. Aug 25, 2006
By Daniel Heffner
I am grateful to Berry Bernstein for introducing me to drum circles at a Music Therapy Conference in Nashville. That was around 15 years ago. This is the book (and DVD) that I have been looking for ever since. A very practical methodology; good activities and concepts, excellent DVD with examples, and plenty of resources with which to expand. If I could have only one resource, this would be it. It presents so well the how, what, and why of drum circle facilitation. I am looking forward to receiving the companion volume, Jamnasium. Thanks Kalani!
14 of 14 found the following review helpful:
An absolute must for the evolution of group music making! Jul 09, 2006
By Bill Matney
Kalani has been prolific in his media works. Communicating important concepts on many percussion instruments in the past, he has now created a concisely eloquent manual on group music making. Of the three popularly accepted books on drum circle facilitation, this was the last one I read. While I enjoy all three books, I personally believe that this book is the best organized, best communicated, and most engaging of the three. Kalani communicates his ideas with clarity, using a "less words say more" approach. Sequentially speaking, Together in Rhythm begins with the important descriptive and philosophical underpinnings of the Drum Circle Music approach. The book then offers an introduction to the "mechanics" of facilitation and rhythm games, and then the logistics of creating group events, be they for training and development, music education, general community, or wellness. The book continues with an instrument guide, and ends with many appendix resources.
There are two things in my mind that stand out in this book that are part of what separates it from the other books out there. First, during the well-thought out sequence, Kalani consistently returns to his concise underpinnings in order to elaborate important points throughout the book. This contributes to the books overall organization and ease of use. Second, Kalani has developed a facilitation notation system called Drum Circle Music Iconography. The symbols are easy to use, and offer an invaluable tool for creation of musical sequences, and more importantly, analysis of our facilitation skills through visual representation and recollection.
As if that weren't enough (and no, I don't have Kalani's gift for concise speaking ; ) )
The book also comes with a DVD. The video gives the all important visual reference of facilitation cues and sequences in action, as well as an introduction to many percussion instruments and how they can be played. It is an excellent accompaniment to the book, making it's offerings relevantly sequential as well.
As a part of my profession, I conduct various types of drumming programs with many populations. This book, as well as attendance of one of Kalani's Drum Circle Music workshops, have been invaluable assets to my personal development and subsequent implementation of group music making. Therefore, I highly recommend Together in Rhythm to current facilitators, music educators, music therapists, and anyone interested in drum circle facilitation.
9 of 9 found the following review helpful:
A Great Resource Jun 07, 2005
By Michael Marcionetti
Kalani has done it again! An excellent resource for the music facilitator, classroom teacher, or music therapist. Kalani breaks down the skills needed to facilitate successful music experiences and lays the techniques out in a clear and easy to follow format. His DCMI innovation is a great way to communicate ideas for drumcircle facilitation. I highly recommend this resource for the beginner all the way to the seasoned pro in music facilitation. This book is chock full of helpful tips to get you out there to help others find their rhythm. AND you have to see the DVD that is included. An eyes on approach that lets you see the facilitation in action with a true community drumcircle.
6 of 6 found the following review helpful:
An easy 'how to' May 16, 2005
By Pete Ellison
"Owner - One World Rhythm"
If you are looking for an easy to read "how to" get started with creating your own drum circles book, "Together in Rhythm: A Facilitator's Guide to Drum Circle Music" fits the bill. The material in the book is easy to follow and the included DVD helps to re-enforce the concepts presented. In addition to the material that covers conducting a drum circle, the book also touches on practical business practices such as recommended instrumentation, drum circle set-up and what to do following a event. Over-all I feel this book is a must have for anyone interested in taking the plunge into the world of drum circle facilitation. Kudos to Kalani for creating such an excellent resource.
5 of 5 found the following review helpful:
Best book by far! Jun 04, 2005
By Patricia Albritton
I love drum circles and this book provides everything you need to know to facilitate your own drum circle. I have taken the DCM Facilitation Training with Kalani, first in California for Level One and the next year in Florida for Level Two. The book is a detailed description of the training one receives. Excellent resource!
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