"We were looking for an activity for our sales conference that would deliver the message of the importance of team work and managing key relationships. I would not hesitate to recommend Hands on Drumming to any work place that are looking for a fun, high energy, interactive activity that gets people rethinking the way they conduct themselves in work situations. I look forward to working together again"

Gabrielle Ralph
Training Manager, Kiwibank
Kiwi Bank - New Zealand

"We were wanting an event or activity that would close our conference, be symbolic and involve lots of people.  "Hands on Drumming" was perfect for this!  It was quite wonderful seeing people 'drumming out' the conference, working together and their faces were beaming with enjoyment.  A great way to end a stunning event.

Margaret Tolland, Education Co-ordinator, PATAKA

"If you are looking for a different, fun activity that everyone in your team (old, young, musical, musically challenged) will enjoy and remember then you can't go past Hands on Drumming. It is a great team building event for small and large groups"


Melanie Archibald, Client Services Manager, Datamine Ltd.

"Mabeth is an inspiring and entertaining facilitator... I've seen her in only an hour turn a roomful of nervous participants into a smiling drum orchestra"

Gordon Cessford, dancer, drummer and professional recreation researcher


about us

inspiring and entertaining

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