Last summer, I received an email notifying me that a former student’s family had donated $2,000 to my music therapy program at The Hope Institute. Needless to say, I couldn’t wait for school to start so that I could take inventory of our current instrument collection and decide what to add to it.
Rainsticks, jingle bells, tambourines, cabasas, and a Q-Chord were immediately added to the list, as were all 5 Garageband Jam Packs. And then, a few months later and with a little over $1,000 of the donation remaining, my music therapy intern suggested that we order some new hand drums.
I took the drums with me to classrooms for the first time this week, and they definitely did not go unnoticed. Students and co-workers oohed and aahed when they spied them on my cart in the hallway, and it was apparent that the drums had quickly replaced the shaky fruit as their instrument of choice.
Karen (my intern) and I are using these drums to address all kinds of objectives, including the concepts of slow/fast, soft/loud, counting, 1:1 correspondence, imitation, and more. But I don’t consider myself a drumming expert at all, so for those of you who are, what are some cool ways I can incorporate these drums into my music therapy sessions? (I’m looking at you, Kat Fulton!)