Holyoake’s DRUMBEAT protocol is the first of its kind: a structured learning program using the medium of music and hand drumming to engage people, lift their self-confidence and teach a range of life-skills.

This program is evidence-based and outcome-oriented with proven social and emotional learning benefits. Click here to read the evidence.

Participants practice social skills such as problem-solving, active listening, leadership, empathy and tolerance by making music over the flexible 10-week program.

Their learning is extended through discussion that promotes self-reflection and awareness on how their thoughts, feelings and actions impact their relationships with others.

For more information, please email Jessica Fredricks, our DRUMBEAT USA Master Facilitator.

Why we need a DRUMBEAT revolution

Stress, uncertainty, social isolation, loss of relationships, trauma, miscommunication and pressure erode personal, family and community resilience. DRUMBEAT has been proven to enable real change across a range of wellbeing measures such as:

·         Increased self-esteem

·         Reduction in anti-social behaviour

·         Increased school attendance for students

·         Improved connection to community

·         Increased cooperation, collaboration and cohesiveness

·         Improved relationships

·         Improved interpersonal skills

·         Improved problem-solving skills

·         Increased emotional regulation

·         Increased self-awareness

The DRUMBEAT education revolution

In Florida, Polk County Schools that participated in DRUMBEAT have noticed a dramatic improvement in their classrooms.

They have reported a 50% decrease in behavioral incidents and a 30% increase in school attendance.

Teachers, students and parents agree that the protocol is successful at creating positive change for those involved.

Funding the DRUMBEAT revolution

DRUMBEAT is a Title 1 funded program and supports the STEM and STEAM curriculum. Please email click here for grant information packs.

The DRUMBEAT facilitator community

We have trained close to 6,000 DRUMBEAT Facilitators around the world. These include administrators, social workers, mental health professionals and school community members who are using the universal principles of this innovative program to enable positive change in their communities.

Meet some of our community members in the USA and listen to their stories of change and hope.

Join the DRUMBEAT revolution

Do you work professionally with groups of people?

Join the DRUMBEAT revolution and use rhythm to build grit, social and emotional learning and resilience.

It’s easy! Enrol in one of DRUMBEAT Facilitator Workshops and learn all the skills to create a revolution in your community.

Click here to view our training calendar.


“The drumming, the mechanism itself is nonthreatening and allows us to connect in a common manner and then be able to open up and talk about other issues now that we have something in common”
Beth Cummings, Fine Arts Director