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Pittsburgh, PA: Drum Circle Leadership Foundation Training w/ Jim Donovan

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Spectrum Charter School Inc

4369 Northern Pike

Monroeville, PA 15146

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Drum Circle Leadership | Foundation Training
Learn to Lead Your Own Transformational Drum Circles

Fri. March 2 & Sat. March 3, 2018

Drum Circle Leadership is a system created by Jim Donovan M.Ed. designed to show you how to create and lead your own transformational drum circles. This foundation training is for anyone interested in learning Drum Circle Leadership techniques, games and methods in a way that works with your own ability.

In this 2-day experience, you will receive 13+ hours of hands-on training designed to teach you the skills you need to create and lead meaningful, effective and successful experiences with any group.

Beginners are welcome and drums are provided.

Training Schedule: 

Fri. March. 2, 2018:
6 PM Check in

6:30 PM-9:00 PM
Module 1: Foundation, Instrument Lessons, Resistance, Pulse, Rhythm Seeds
Module 2: Social Rhythm Seeds, Anxiety exercise 1

Sat. March 3, 2018

9 AM-11:30 AM -
Module 3: Movement, Social Games 1, Small Groups, Anxiety exercise 2

11:30 AM-12:30 PM - Please pack a Lunch

12:45 PM-3:00 PM -
Module 4: Social Games, Drum Circle Roles
Module 5: Mock Drum Circle, Program Design

Foundation Skills
At Drum Circle Leadership Foundation Training, you will discover how to create and lead your own transformational drum circles. You will learn enjoyable techniques, games and methods in a way that works with your own ability. Beginners are warmly welcomed.
There are no prerequisites for this training.

Creative Group Music Making
Have fun learning how to quickly and effectively get groups of people making great music together with our unique Rhythm Seeds music making protocol. Find out how to inspire collaboration, engage challenging groups and how to connect people with a variety of social drum circle games. Inspire your group to make their own musical creations.

Practice & Support
Discover how to create "fail-proof" drum circles with a supportive group of peers. Get the practice and feedback you need to be confident leading your groups. Graduates receive access to our private DCL Facebook network to ask questions, get ideas and offer support to others. Get 13 contact hours, a Certificate of Completion, and an electronic version of the 300 page DCL manual.

Learn Valuable Skills for Your Personal and Professional Life
How to create fail-proof events by empowering participants
How to take your drum circle from good to transformational
How to inspire collaboration in your circle
How to lessen and eliminate resistance from your groups
How to create an infinite source of rhythms with "Rhythm Seeds"
Social drum circle games for all ages
How to integrate percussion and budget friendly instruments
How to lead and shape drum circle music
How to gain confidence leading and speaking with groups
How to gain the trust of your group
How to use drumming & sound for wellness and stress relief
How to design your own effective drum circle programs
At Drum Circle Leadership | Foundation Training, you can expect:
A comfortable, welcoming and accepting atmosphere.
To have the opportunity to choose how you interact
13 contact hours of training.
A Certificate of Completion denoting your contact hours.
Your own Drum Circle Leadership eManual PDF 300+ ($19.99 Value).
Special Discount Codes for DCL Online Training Library.
Handouts and written documentation.
Significant amounts of optional, hands-on practice time.
Feedback and constructive guidance.
Tried and tested step-by-step foundation methodology.
Marketing resources, templates and tips for those wanting to create programs to sell.
Free lifetime access to our private Drum Circle Leadership Training Facebook group.
Specific effective techniques to help you manage nervousness.
Who should attend?

Anyone interested in utilizing the power of rhythm & drumming
Music Therapists
Music Teachers
Drum Circle Facilitators
Therapeutic music makers
Anyone who works with people with PTSD and returning veterans
Anyone who works with children
Addiction and recovery counselors
Camp Counselors
Grief Counselors
Sexual abuse and domestic violence counselors
Alternative healers
After school activity directors
People who work with disadvantaged youth
Social workers
Disaster relief workers
Church and spiritual group leaders
Elementary educators
Corporate facilitators seeking new tools for their activity toolbox

Learn about:

Inclusion regardless of ability
Letting go of perfectionism
Being present as a leader
Serving the group
Finding ways to flow with change
Learning the value of collaboration
How to manage mistakes
How to empower your participants
How to create fail-proof drum circles
A wide variety of malleable drumming and voice methods
How to build your own event from the ground up
How to inspire and hold the attention of the most unruly groups
How to play the various drums and percussion commonly used in rhythm events
How to use rhythm as a means to enhance personal development
How to use rhythm to lead health and wellness experiences
How to use rhythm to lead educational experiences


Jim Donovan M.Ed., Assistant Professor and Chairman of Fine Arts at Saint Francis University, is a master facilitator, inspirational trainer and multi-platinum recording artist with over 25 years of leadership, teaching and performance experience. Donovan has presented hundreds of events across the US and Europe where he has helped many thousands of people learn effective ways to consciously lead, connect and live healthier, more productive lives.

Donovan was voted "Drum Circle Facilitator of the Year" by the readers of Drum! magazine. He holds a Masters in Educational Leadership from Saint Francis University and a BA in classical music performance from the University of Pittsburgh.

He is the author of the book “Drum Circle Leadership” and regularly offers trainings to organizations that teach people how to facilitate creative group music-making as a way to enhance wellness and social connection. These trainings include specialized, evidence-based programs for people who work with individuals with disabilities such as Autism and with those in the addiction and recovery environment.

He regularly works in the corporate and university environment where he offers team building and wellness programs. A short list of clients include Johnson & Johnson, Bayer, and Vanguard.

As a member of the 3-time platinum band Rusted Root, he co-wrote and performed “Send Me on My Way,” a song whose unforgettable whistle has been featured in both Matilda and Ice Age. His touring work with Rusted Root provided ample opportunity to share the arena stages with rock legends such as Carlos Santana, members of Led Zeppelin and Sting, among others.

In addition to his music and education credentials, Donovan holds the position of “Head Dishwasher” at his home in Western, PA that he shares with his wife and three amazing kids.



Parking: Free and abundant

Hotels: Search on hotels in Monroeville, PA. Any of these will be minutes away from our training site.

Food: Monroeville is a suburb east of downtown Pittsburgh. There are many options for food nearby. It is a typical suburb with numerous strip malls and retailers.

Airport: The nearest is Pittsburgh International (PIT) about 60 min away. You'll want to allow an extra 30 min for rush hour traffic if you are coming in at the last minute through downtown PGH.

Arrival: Please note that when arriving that the sign for Spectrum Charter School is not obvious. If you follow Google Maps GPS, it will take you to the correct location.

Spectrum Charter School Inc.
4369 Northern Pike
Monroeville, PA 15146

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