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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is a Drum Circle?
A drum circle is a gathering of people who have a common interest in sharing music and celebrating life. Typically all are welcome if it is a public circle and not a private event.

A drum circle is "music in the moment" and is basically a big jam of sorts. The facilitator or a participant will offer a rhythm to start things rolling (no pun intended) and a groove will spontaneously evolve.

Are Musubi Drum Circles the same as traditional Aboriginal drum circles?
No. While "Musubi" is a Japanese term that means to "tie" or "knot," Musubi Drum Circles has no particular cultural affliation. Typical drum circles offered incorporate world hand-percussion instruments and rhythms.

Musubi Drum Circles' mission is to connect people by facilitating drum circles in the community as meaningful, entertaining, rhythmic, and relaxing social forums.

Where are Musubi Drum Circles held?
Musubi Drum Circles is based in St. John's, Newfoundland, but doesn't have a fixed location. Tom Alteen brings the circles to the community and offers a turnkey solution for your festival, community group, business, organization, party, team building exercise, or social event.

Tom offers public drum circles from time-to-time. The link below provides information on upcoming events.

Upcoming Rhythm Events

How old do you have to be to attend a Musubi Drum Circle?
All ages are welcome but children under 13 years of age must be accompanied by a legal guardian.

Are drum circles only for experienced drummers?
No drumming experience is necessary and novice and professional drummers alike participate at drum circles. Dancers and spectators are also welcome.

What do you charge for a drum circle?
Public drum circle prices are included in event notices at:

Upcoming Rhythm Events

Pricing for private events depends on your specific needs and the number of people likely in attendance. Simply contact contact Tom and he will be pleased to prepare a custom quote relative to your requirements.

Do I need to bring my own instrument?
No, not for a private event. Musubi Drum Circles has an inventory of instruments and can offer a turnkey solution.

For public events, instruments will be offered for a rental fee on a "first-come, first-serve" basis.

Having said that, if you bring your own instrument, you will always be assured of having something to play that you enjoy and more people will be able to participate.

Why do people drum?
Some of the reasons people get involved in drum circles include:
  • Having fun
  • Expressing themselves
  • Reducing their stress
  • Socializing and meeting new people
  • Exercising their minds, bodies, and spirits
  • Developing/improving their musical talents including their sense of rhythm, ability to play with others, and improvisation skills
Generally, drum circles are recognized as contributing to the individual's overall wellness.

Why do corporations, organizations, and groups host drum circles?
Please see the Drumming Up Business page.

What changes has Musubi Drum Circles made to its business model to accommodate the COVID-19 pandemic?
A detailed response to this question is provided on the COVID-19 Precautions, Protocols, Etiquette page.

Who is a Professional Drum Circle Facilitator?
According to the Drum Circle Facilitators Guild:
"A drum circle facilitator is an individual who makes the interactive music making experience 'easier' for the participants. A facilitator creates a space for the expression of community by empowering the group of participants with a safe and fun atmosphere and tools for expression, enabling them with technique and encouraging them with fun. Trained professional facilitators recognize the need for empowering each individual as the consciousness of the entire group evolves into a musical composition. Drum circle facilitators act in service of the group, helping individuals achieve greater personal potential, shared joy, and interdependent group dynamics. A facilitator develops a rapport with the participants and through various techniques is able to assist the music into various compositions unique to the population."