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
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
Pricing for private events depends on your specific needs and the number of people likely
in attendance. Simply contact
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,
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:
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
Why do corporations, organizations, and groups host drum circles?
"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."