Discovering Relationships Using Music - Beliefs, Emotions, Attitudes & Thoughts
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DRUMBEAT is an acronym for Discovering Relationships Using Music, Beliefs, Emotions, Attitudes, and Thoughts. For centuries, ancient cultures have used hand drumming to bring people together. Holyoake has drawn on this wisdom and the latest research to create the innovative, evidence-based DRUMBEAT program - an ancient solution reimagined for our modern times. It is the world's first structured learning program using music, psychology and neurobiology to reconnect with ourselves and others.

The DRUMBEAT Program was first developed in 2003 by Holyoake while working with local Aboriginal young people and Elders in the Wheatbelt of Western Australia. After showing tangible benefits in engaging young Aboriginal men, the program continued to expand and show similar success with people of all ages, and from a variety of backgrounds.

The DRUMBEAT Program is a structured, but flexible course delivered across 10 sessions. Each session focuses on different relationship themes such as identity and social responsibility, values, dealing with emotions, peer pressure, harmony, communication and teamwork. Importantly, the program concludes with a performance, giving participants the opportunity to showcase their new-found skills and confidence and share their progress with family, friends and other respected people in their lives.

DRUMBEAT is now active in over 500 locations across Australia and around the world. At the core of the program, DRUMBEAT is about healthy human relationships, thus having universal application to many cultures around the world. DRUMBEAT is delivered in a variety of settings such as:
  • Primary and high schools
  • Youth services
  • Indigenous communities
  • Drug and alcohol rehabilitation services
  • Child protection services
  • Mental health settings
  • Hospitals
  • Refugee services
  • Youth justice and adult prisons
  • Returned service personnel (veterans)
  • Trauma recovery programs
  • Disability services
  • Aged care services
  • Corporate teams
Holyoake has trained over 4,200 facilitators many of whom run the program in their organisations and communities. It is estimated that over 50,000 people have participated in and experienced the benefits of the program to date.
Click here to train as a DRUMBEAT Facilitator

Click here to send an email enquiry to Holyoake DRUMBEAT

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