Music has the power to transform, inspire, move and motivate us. This is because we all strongly identify with music. It is a shaping force in our world. Drumming has been used for centuries to bring communities together and break down all barriers of age, gender, cultural differences and hierarchy.
Imagine the power of any group of people making music together: your community, project teams, customers, staff, schools, sports groups, friends, family, rest homes and whole organisations.
'Hands on drumming' creates inspiring interactive drumming workshops where anyone can participate without prior musical knowledge or experience.
When a group learns to make music together, it creates a powerful synergy and immediately forges strong relationships among the participants. As the music comes alive, so the communication of the team members comes alive: they develop a common language and skills that carry them way beyond the drumming experience. 'Hands on drumming' is dedicated to making this happen by using drumming as a tool to create unity.
Founder Mabeth Ciurans discovered her passion for drumming and percussion in 1987 while living in Mexico. She has been performing, teaching and facilitating ever since. Mabeth studied Latin American, African and Brazilian styles of percussion in the Netherlands, where she also founded and performed in a number of bands. Moving to New Zealand in 1997, she became the first percussionist to study in the Department of Jazz at Massey University in Wellington.
As well as her hands on drumming events, Mabeth gives individual and group tuition in drumming and percussion to adults, young people and children, and runs musical sessions for people with special needs. She also performs throughout the Wellington region with numerous bands and ensembles with a diverse range of styles.
See also live music