COUNSELLING AND EDUCATION SERVICE
DRUGS, ALCOHOL, OTHER ADDICTIONS
CHANGING LIVES
Drumbeat

The DRUMBEAT program is a music therapy intervention designed to engage young people most at risk of harm from the misuse of alcohol and other drugs.

The program:

  • Engages young people quickly through music
  • Provides a sense of connectedness with self and others
  • Is non-competitive and fun
  • Allows for pro-social, creative self-expression
  • Reduces isolation
  • Reduces tension, stress and anxiety

The African djembe drum is a perfect medium – it’s easy to play (reduces fear of failure), it’s powerful (demands attention) and playing it is physical (releases tension). Participants learn how to cooperate, collaborate and communicate without the threat of misunderstanding and judgement that dialogue can bring.

The program is taught to groups of 8-10 participants across ten one-hour sessions over a school term, and finishes with a performance.

All Holyoake programs are based on a harm minimisation model.