Take a Drum Ride

Organization Associated with Program
Drumming About You
P.O. Box 436
Storrs, Connecticut 06268

"TAKE A DRUM RIDE" is offered in settings including eldercare, social work, healthcare, education, and disabilities. This sequential learning program engages active seniors as a musical ensemble, "The Drum Riders". The group rehearses together to perform in a concert(s) for their families and friends.

The participants take away skills to be comfortable and musical with a colorful array of hand drums, and to be the song-leaders of music that has catchy beats, cool melodies, and great lyrics. No prior musical experience is required. As a rollicking finale tune in the concerts, attractive percussion instruments are provided for the entire audience to accompany The Drum Riders.

Program History
In 1997, BOB BLOOM received certification as a "Master Teaching Artist" from the Connecticut Office of the Arts. His interactive music programs have been presented at venues and events including The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, The Mark Twain Museum, The International Festival of Arts and Ideas, and The First Night Celebrations of Boston, Providence, and Hartford.
Bob served from 2007 to 2010 as chair of the Interactive Drumming Committee of The Percussive Arts Society, the largest percussion organization in the world.
Bob teaches professional development workshops that enable service providers to be the leaders of on-going, interactive drumming activities for their consumers. Organizations and learning centers that present the workshops include: The American Music Therapy Association;  The National Association for Music Education; The University of Connecticut;  Southern Connecticut State University.
Program Assessments and Evaluations

This program is not currently evaluated.

Advice for Other Organizations Conducting Similar Programs

 Presentation effectiveness is increased when there is a goal for arts projects, and when elders' families, friends, and providers are engaged.

Kinds of creative engagement/ program focus Presenting a Performance, Participate in a Workshop, Participate in an Ensemble, Participate in a Residency
Arts Discipline: Music
Interdisciplinary Connections: Civic Engagement
Target Audience: Active Adults
Adaptive Program Design Hearing Disabilities, Visual Disabilities, Cognitive Disabilities
Program Setting: Aging Organization (e.g. Senior Center), Arts Organization, Community Center, Library, House of Worship / Religious Center, Social Service Agency
Program Service Area: Rural, Suburban, Urban
Type of Practice: Promising Practices