This unique program for children was designed by me, Djulz Jade Chambers (Director, Soul Circles Drumming) as part of the Creative Workers in Schools Program 2021. This umbrella program was funded by the Victorian State Government’s Working for Victoria Initiative, and delivered by Regional Arts Victoria in partnership with Creative Victoria and the Department of Education and Training.
My Heartbeat Rhythm program delivered through the above collaboration has attracted the following testimonials, for which I offer thanks:
“Djulz Chambers has been working with the students at Clifton Creek Primary School for most of 2021 and during that time has nurtured relationships of respect and trust, developing a sense of fun and confidence through drumming. Our first performance night for the community was amazing, with great feedback from the audience. It has been heartwarming to see some of our least confident students grown into confident risk takers, and other students who have been dealing with trauma release some of their feelings through the dun duns. Djulz is so quickly in tune with the needs of individual students and adapts her program to bring out the very best in every child. A fantastic program!"
Sue Paul, Principal, Clifton Creek Primary School
"I highly endorse the Heartbeat Rhythm Program which promotes mindfulness, self-awareness, listening skills, coordination and the learning of rhythm and beat using bass and tone. These excellent hands-on and interactive sessions promote wellbeing and are very engaging. Djulz exudes positive energy, brings enthusiasm, and builds up children’s confidence levels by providing an inclusive program."
Sarah Walker, Principal, Buchan Primary School
In response to the times, the Heartbeat Rhythm program is now available for families committed to educating their young ones at home, or in a manner that diverges from the conventional schooling system.
LEARNING OUTCOMES OF HEARTBEAT RHYTHM:
WELLBEING RESPONSES FROM HEARTBEAT RHYTHM:
This program offers custom-designed meditation and sound therapy with deep and active listening, both in the home or studio environment and in the natural world. This equips young people with techniques to help them understand their relationship with their world, and engender balanced emotional responses to challenging circumstances. This inward focus is complemented by an energetic exploration of the rhythmical archetypes in West-African inspired percussion ensemble music. Traditional African Drumming exemplifies the nature of an ecological worldview, one that values deep listening as a means of self-cultivation and right relationship with others and with the natural world.
With children up to eight years, this part of the program encourages the expression of each child’s innate rhythm by interacting with narrative in a way that is most natural to them. A combination of movement, singing, storytelling and percussion games is employed to help young children tell their stories and express what they have garnered from the non-performative elements of the program. Older children and teenagers are introduced to the fundamentals of hand drumming theory and technique as well as to the richness of traditional West African percussive polyrhythms. This, in turn, develops both their individual and communal creativity.
The Heartbeat Rhythm program is trauma-informed and offers a safe space for each child's development. While the program is offered in both short and long-term formats, it is most effective if integrated into a child's education over a longer duration. A two-hour or half-day immersion session per week over a 5-10 week period is ideal.
The program may be offered to individual families or groups of several families combined. It may be delivered in private or community-oriented dwellings or (when appropriate and in accordance with the times) at my studio in Belgrave. All drums and percussion instruments will be provided. Art supplies for complementary exercises are at the expense of each family, and will be determined in planning discussions with parent/s or guardian/s.