Archive for Techniques

Introduction to Darabouka III: Carolyn Koebel

The third video in a set of three.

Video: Introduction to Darabuka #1

Here is the first in a video series of 3.

Video: Introduction to Axatse Technique

A video recorded at this year’s Great Lakes Regional AMTA conference. Enjoy!

5 Notes That Changed the World

Who knew 5 little notes were so important?

Rhythmic Acuity Part III: Orientation

A rhythmic phrase that cycles over and over again is like an old-fashioned merry-go-round. Orientation is an awareness of how not only to grab onto one “ring” within a rhythmic phrase, but any of the “rings” (notes) within the cycle.

Rhythmic Acuity Pt. 2: Fortitude

We’ve all been in that situation where we are tapping our toe along to a jazz solo (or to some other music style solo), and all of a sudden, we realize that we might not be tapping on the beat we thought we were. This is a description of fortitude, and how it relates to rhythmic acuity.

Rhythmic Acuity: What is it?

The Rhythmic Acuity Measurement Scale, or RAMS, is a tool that assesses one’s current level of rhythmic acuity in nine different developmental categories. RAMS initially seeks to play a role in helping therapists to develop our own rhythmic acuity.

A Taxonomy of Drumming Experiences

Here is a way to categorize and organize the ways we approach using percussion.

Video of the Week



Music Therapy Drumming is a world drumming and clinical therapy curriculum primarily for Board-Certified Music Therapists (MT-BC). It is designed and presented by MT-BC's who are also professional percussionists.