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How it Began….
I began my drum journey in the early 90’s when a friend asked if he could spend the summer at my place in his teepee. This place that I call Steppingstone is 6 acres outside of Sandpoint, Idaho surrounded by 60 foot cedar trees with a beautiful stream running through the property. One evening shortly after he set up his tepee I heard a steady rhythmic thumping coming from somewhere outside of my house. It felt like I was being summoned. I followed the sound to the tepee where I was invited in and handed a Native American Shaman drum. After several minutes had passed, I knew in my heart that my life had changed forever!
I immediately printed up flyers inviting people out to have a full moon drumming at Steppingstone. People Love it! The circle grew! Shortly we were having large gatherings for these full moon drumcircles. Then more magic happened...a couple of people came in with these goblet shaped drums that they called djembe’s. I marveled at the incredible sound and complexity of the rhythms that they were creating. I know that my path was taking another turn. One of these djembe players need a place to live temporarily so I offered a place at Steppingstone. He became my first djembe teacher. We noticed that Sandpoint did not have any hand drum classes available so we started a class. Shortly after we started the class my teacher had to leave and the people in the class decided that the classes would continue and I would be the teacher! I respectfully declined the offer because I barely knew the material myself. Well they insisted and I agreed to serve, which began the Journey.
Since then I have founded the African style drum and dance troupes EarthBeat and Phoenix Rising. After spending 3 years on tour in England with RhythmWorks4U, an amazing rhythmcircle provider, I moved to Sandpoint to create Drumatic Innovation Drum Circle company.

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Hand drum and percussion teacher Sandpoint, ID
Drumcircle Facilitator Sandpoint, ID
Communication consultant Sandpoint, ID
Stress Reduction Music Therapy Sandpoint, ID
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http://DrumaticInnovation.com
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Have you ever thought about hosting your own drumcircle at you next event?
We supply all of the instruments and guide your group into musical harmony. Up to 500 Participants.

Drumatic Innovation Drumcircles are safe, fun and family friendly.
No Experience Necessary!

Reasons to Drum (beside stress relief and fun)

Drum circles can be extremely effective for corporations, companies, and small businesses that want to enhance the generation of new ideas and better team work. When people discover that they can collectively produce a good sound without any musical training or background, they start to realize that they can be more effective at work by putting their heads together and working as a team. Also, drumming uses the brain in a different pattern than the linear thought process that is usually needed in the work environment. A drum circle brings the group to a more open mental and psychological process. The creative side of the brain becomes free to improvise, which can be carried over to the production of new and better ways of working. An excellent tool to kick off any kind of brain storming session, and optimize the quantity and quality of new ideas. I provide the group with the tools they need to figure out the task.

Why drumming?

Music is a universal language, and drumming is one of the most accessible ways for diverse groups of people to make music together. Drumming encourages teamwork and builds skills in listening, participating, and leadership. Our goal is to help people build stronger communities through making music together in the classroom, at team-building events, and at community gatherings.


In the past few decades, there has been a movement to uncover and recover the ancient art form of drumming and making music together as a community.
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Michael Clark is located in Sandpoint, ID and has the following skills: Hand drum and percussion teacher, Drumcircle Facilitator, Communication consultant, Stress Reduction Music Therapy
Therapy, Consulting, Music, Event / Party Planning
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Hand drum and percussion teacher

Category: Music
Description
In June of 2007 I returned from a 3 year tour in England where in the education sector alone I provided workshops for over 70,000 children in over 350 schools. I am now living in the Sandpoint Idaho and I am conducting hand drum classes and rhythmcircles for the community, corporate and educational sectors.

I have been teaching hand drumming since 1996. I have drummed for several African style drum and dance troupes such as EarthBeat, Phoenix and Gnoma.
I am also a Drum Circle Facilitator. What's a Drum Circle you might ask, well simply put a rhythm circle or drum circle is a group of people from a few to many sitting with chairs arranged in a circle experiencing the spontaneous creation of music on a variety of drums and percussion instruments. Drum circles are accessible to anyone regardless of age ethnicity or musical ability. I have experience in leading rhythm circles for groups of 400+ people.

Do you need and event for hundreds of people!
Have drums will travel!
In the past few decades, there has been a movement to uncover and recover the ancient art form of drumming and making music together as a community.
The late Babatunde Olatunji, a gifted drummer and inspirational teacher, made it his life mission to help create peace in the world by encouraging people to communicate and celebrate life through music.
He said: “All people from all walks of life, all colors, have various things they can do together to create harmony, and it is the simplest to make music and sing together."
The interest in drum circles as a way of community gathering has been growing rapidly all over the world and is happening in many settings. As well as community circles open to the public, facilitated drum circles are being used in schools as an educational tool; are taking place in multi-national corporations and governments for morale building, in health care facilities with the well-elderly, cancer patients, recovering addicts, alzheimer patients ...and the list grows
Relevant Education / Credentials
http://DrumaticInnovation.com
Years Experience: 15

Drumcircle Facilitator

Category: Event / Party Planning
Description
Have you ever thought about hosting your own drum circle at you next event?
We supply all of the instruments and guide your group into musical harmony. Up to 500 Participants.

Drumatic Innovation Drumcircles are safe, fun and family friendly.
No Experience Necessary!

Reasons to Drum (beside stress relief and fun)

Drum circles can be extremely effective for corporations, companies, and small businesses that want to enhance the generation of new ideas and better team work. When people discover that they can collectively produce a good sound without any musical training or background, they start to realize that they can be more effective at work by putting their heads together and working as a team. Also, drumming uses the brain in a different pattern than the linear thought process that is usually needed in the work environment. A drum circle brings the group to a more open mental and psychological process. The creative side of the brain becomes free to improvise, which can be carried over to the production of new and better ways of working. An excellent tool to kick off any kind of brain storming session, and optimize the quantity and quality of new ideas. I provide the group with the tools they need to figure out the task.

Why drumming?

Music is a universal language, and drumming is one of the most accessible ways for diverse groups of people to make music together. Drumming encourages teamwork and builds skills in listening, participating, and leadership. Our goal is to help people build stronger communities through making music together in the classroom, at team-building events, and at community gatherings.


In the past few decades, there has been a movement to uncover and recover the ancient art form of drumming and making music together as a community.
The late Babatunde Olatunji, a gifted drummer and inspirational teacher, made it his life mission to help create peace in the world by encouraging people to communicate and celebrate life.
Relevant Education / Credentials
http://DrumaticInnovation.com
Years Experience: 15

Communication consultant

Category: Consulting
Description
Reasons to Drum

Drum circles can be extremely effective for corporations, companies, and small businesses that want to enhance the generation of new ideas and better team work. When people discover that they can collectively produce a good sound without any musical training or background, they start to realize that they can be more effective at work by putting their heads together and working as a team. Also, drumming uses the brain in a different pattern than the linear thought process that is usually needed in the work environment. A drum circle brings the group to a more open mental and psychological process. The creative side of the brain becomes free to improvise, which can be carried over to the production of new and better ways of working. An excellent tool to kick off any kind of brain storming session, and optimize the quantity and quality of new ideas. I provide the group with the tools they need to figure out the task.
Music is a universal language, and drumming is one of the most accessible ways for diverse groups of people to make music together. Drumming encourages teamwork and builds skills in listening, participating, and leadership. Our goal is to help people build stronger communities through making music together in the classroom, at team-building events, and at community gatherings.


In the past few decades, there has been a movement to uncover and recover the ancient art form of drumming and making music together as a community.
The late Babatunde Olatunji, a gifted drummer and inspirational teacher, made it his life mission to help create peace in the world by encouraging people to communicate and celebrate life through music.
He said: “All people from all walks of life, all colors, have various things they can do together to create harmony, and it is the simplest to make music and sing together."
The interest in drum circles as a way of community gathering has been growing rapidly all over the world and is happening in many settings
Relevant Education / Credentials
Years Experience: 10

Stress Reduction Music Therapy

Category: Therapy
Description
How Hand Drumming Reduces Stress and Connects People

It has been proven that hand drumming can alter a person's response to stress at a genomic level.

Based on a study by the Medical Science Monitor, it was proven that people who play music in their free time have genetic reversals to stress.

Many health organizations have followed this logic by integrating drumming into their curriculum and have reported that it is a healthy way to relax in multiple ways. The more intense a person is while playing, the more aerobic the activity becomes whereby the player reduces stress and burns calories at the same time.

Playing a drumbeat engages the right side of your brain, shifting the pressure from the critical thinking left-brain. So, after an intense day at the office, the drum can physiologically relax your mind and refuel for the next day.

Beginners having a great, stress-free time playing djembe at community drum circle.
What makes hand drumming so inviting is that it is quite easy for inexperienced players to pick up without the frustration of learning technical skills. When you join a large drum circle group, your only task is to contribute what you feel comfortable doing and the circle finds a way to embrace it in the melody. This in itself provides stress relief and positive energy for your psyche. A drum circle creates a sense of acceptance and community.

Drum circles are recognized as effective team building exercises for companies in the corporate sector. They are also used in health care facilities for rehabilitation, senior care and family therapy as well as recreational and school programs for children.

These days, companies and corporate executives are looking into professionally facilitated drum circles for stress relief and team building. In fact, Toyota has added a drum room to their building fully equipped with all types of hand drums and percussion instruments.

Drum circles are also used in therapeutic sessions.
Relevant Education / Credentials
Years Experience: 11