heartbeat rhythms program
"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 heart-warming 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
This unique program for school children was designed by Djulz Jade Chambers as part of the Creative Workers in Schools Program 2021, 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.
Learning Outcomes include:
Wellbeing Responses include:
The program offers custom-designed meditation and sound therapy with deep and active listening, both within the classroom and the natural world. This equips young learners 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. This art form exemplifies the nature of an indigenous 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 richness of traditional West African percussive polyrhythms. This, in turn, develops both their individual and communal creativity.
This program is trauma-informed and offers a safe space for each child's development. While the Heartbeat Rhythms program can be offered in either short or long-term format, it is certainly most effective if integrated within the school’s program for a longer duration. The program is congruent with the Music and English constituents of the Victorian Curriculum as well as the Ethical, Intercultural and Personal/Social Capabilities stipulated within. Importantly, it has been designed to support the Victorian State Government’s Respectful Relationships Program.