Jim Donovan

The World Drum Circle Community Music Making Experience with Jim Donovan M.Ed. – Multi-Platinum Recording Artist from the band Rusted Root (Send Me On My Way)

Orientation – Motivation – Facilitation Training – Faculty/Staff Development – Community – Community Engagement – Leadership – Music Making – Stress – Wellness – Autism – Disabilities

Bio:

Jim Donovan M.Ed. Leadership, Faculty member at Saint Francis University, is a master facilitator, inspirational trainer and world-class musician with over 25 years of leadership, teaching and performance experience. 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.

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.

Programs:

The World Drum Circle Community Music Making Experience – Music Creation. Stress Relief. Community Building. Fun.
An interactive group music making event for everyone, including beginners. Drums and percussion instruments are provided. Enjoy a high-energy, joyful experience of group drumming with Jim Donovan.

This exciting experience focuses on using creative music-making as a way for students to:

  • Authentically connect with others in person
  • Relieve stress and anxiety
  • Encourage “out-of-the-box” thinking
  • Foster unity and cohesion in large and small groups

During the World Drum Circle you will learn how to:

  • Play exciting traditional rhythms and songs from all over the world
  • Express yourself through “in-the-moment” original music creation
  • Learn drumming techniques
  • Use rhythm to relax, relieve stress and anxiety

The World Drum Circle will also connect you with ideas and concepts to help you:

  • Increase focus
  • Expand creative thinking and awareness
  • Find and refine your own voice
  • Deepen your listening skills

Even if you consider yourself “unmusical”, group drumming is an accessible entry point into the rewarding world of music creation. In the World Drum Circle, you are never expected to be perfect, or even any “good” at it. All that is required is a willingness to try.

Discover why people from all over the globe have been drumming together for thousands of years.

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Drumming & Autism Training
A One Day Training for Students and Professionals Who Work with Individuals with Disabilities

Does your school have offer Occupational Therapy, Special Education, Early Childhood Education, Autism studies, Nursing or Social Work Programs? Is your organization preparing students to who work in organizations with individuals with Autism, ADD, Mental Retardation, ADHD or other disabilities? Then you might be interested to know about Drumming & Autism Training.

Drumming & Autism Training with Jim Donovan M.Ed., is a training program designed to show ASD professionals how to facilitate strategies using music and rhythm with people with ASD. These clinically proven techniques were developed and tested at Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA and are designed to meet goals such as: (1) increased attention to task,  (2) non-verbal expression, (3) socialization and (4) stress reduction for individuals on the Autism spectrum and other disabilities.

Engagement

Drumming & Autism training helps you to learn how to musically engage the people you work with through a variety of methods such as “Percussion Intervention” which has been shown to significantly improve their attention to task in children with Autism and increase their overall level of engagement with caregivers. Research so far has demonstrated average increases in attention to task of 189% in as little as 12 weeks.

Socialization

Group music making gives people with social challenges an alternative way to communicate and be in community with others without the worry of being “good at music”. Drums and percussion are remarkably effective ways to bring people together in an enjoyable way. Drumming & Autism training offers your clients fail-proof opportunities to make music with others on their terms in a welcoming container of safety.

Stress Reduction

Drumming & Autism training infuses the natural ability of rhythm to calm the human mind and body.  Through the deliberate use of tempo, instrument choice and timbre, you can help people with ASD to release excess energy and become more calm- naturally.

“I used Boomwackers for 10 minutes in class today to help reinforce the rhythm and pronunciation of vocabulary words. It went well in all of my classes, but the most notable difference was in my class with 14 IEP students (which also includes three emotional support students and one autistic student).
A few notable changes: No one asked to repeat directions, fewer incidents of side conversations during class discussion, fewer incidents of redirection, & students were attentive during whole class discussion. In this class, one student is followed by a TSS. The TSS noted that the change lasted into the next class as well. She could tell the difference in the attention-to-task of the students who had my class versus the ones that didn’t. Thanks for affording me this great experience!”

— Kimberly McElhatten – NBCT

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