The Importance of Drumming in Churches and other Religious Groups.
Drumming is an act of playing drums: A percussive musical instrument with any similar hollow, cylindrical object spanned with a thin covering on at least one end, forming an acoustic chamber, affecting what materials are used to make it. Drumming has played a major role in the religious sphere since the medieval times, serving as a communicator between man and his god. In time past, drumming as a percussive instrument has played a significant role in the spiritual lives of people, holding a deep symbolic attribute to their religious lives. The original purpose of drumming in religion is to worship, honor and declare one’s devotion to the supreme god; the creator.
In modern times churches use drums in the act of singing hymns, psalms, preaching, praying, Thanksgiving and most of the time Lord’s Supper. Though in the Christendom, there have been debates whether it is actually right to use drums in churches backing up their claim with bible quotation like Psalm 150:3, Psalm 59:17, Psalm 61:8 and Psalm 66:2. One of these verses quoted as saying .” praise the lord with the sound of the trumpet, praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance,praise him with stringed instrument and organs…”. No drums mentioned! Be that as it may, some still consider the invention of drums into churches as one of the best things that have happened to gospel worship hence changing the orthodox way of Christian worship.
In modern times drumming has taken a new dimension in the religious sphere, as it has become a source of spiritual upliftment in many Christian gatherings. In Africa for instance, drums hold a deeper symbolic significance as they play a major role in times of peace, wars, birth, and death. Drumming has largely dominated the religious society so much that it presence pulses throughout their collective consciousness; it has been sowed in their genes. Drums are inseparable in modern religion hence it has become part and parcel of any religious worship.
As civilization enhances, the act of drumming transcends with it. Djemde drum, for worship, and warrior rituals. The Djemde also plays an important role in ushering them in the full moon, summer season, spring, harvesting time, weddings, baptisms, honoring of mothers (which happens quickly after Ramadaan).
The Udu drums are also wonderful instruments used in pagan worship by the Igbo people found in the western part of Africa. The Udu drum is believed by the Igbos to be a communication instrument used by man to commune with God. In the Igbo language, the word Udo means “Vessel”.
The Sabar is another type of drum with spiritual attachment. It has this unique elongated cylinder with tapered ends and can be played by hand or a thin long stick also known as “Galan”. Aside from serving the purpose of communication between another tribe in a long distance, it is also a powerful instrument in ritual rites, cleansing e.t.c.
All around us, there are always one or two things that trigger our spiritual consciousness, drumming, in essence, are seen to be a tool that ignites the heartbeat of God.
Intensive Drum Lessons
‘Learn drums in 5 days’
Also available on the keyboard, bass guitar, saxophone
Our summer lesson is an intensive drum lesson, where students can learn drums in 5 days. ‘Learn drums in 5 days’ is a successful drum training camp for beginners and intermediate players, which is conducted at various centers in the year across London, Manchester, Belfast, Essex and Leicester during the 6 weeks summer holiday. We have carefully scheduled our timetable to fit into your daily routine. Below is the timetable:
20hours lesson (Mon- Fri) = 4 hours daily
Tom based beats
Drums health and safety
Real life scenarios to apply lessons
Perfect for children during the school Holidays.
Mon-Fri = 4 hours daily.
In virtually every country, summer breaks are usually the longest break in school year lasting between 5 and 14 weeks. In Britain, Netherlands and Germany the summer break usually last 6 – 8 weeks. During this period a lot of activities happen, and a lot of things can also be achieved if truly these times can be channeled to productivity. So at this time enrolling into Summer Lesson class which scheduled to hold Mondays – Fridays, 4 hours daily can actually be the best things any parent can do for the child considering the benefits of drumming in children which ranges from:
Increase in academic performance
Boost brain power
Improve communication skills.
These and more are what our ‘Learn drums in 5 days’ Summer Lessons class has got to offer, giving your child an opportunity to move a step ahead of his pairs through the act of drumming. Our Summer Lessons don’t just offer Drumming courses; it supplements it with other musical instruments like keyboard, bass guitar and saxophone making it a perfect blend of music lesson.
But aside the above-mentioned benefits, an average student who enrolled in our Summer Lessons have got the opportunity to also:
Network – Network opportunities which allow students interact among themselves, because we have to understand that the best lesson is the one learned from a peer.
Apply modern Technique – we believe in change, so as things changes drumming techniques also change. So, we modernize every technique as it changes.
Go from beginner to intermediate in 5 days – we believe you, that’s why we believe you will transcend into a near perfect church drummer in 5 days.
Learning through music theory – with our special toolkit carefully craft out for religious organizations that include the most trust music theories that make drumming interesting.
Learn about drum Health and safety – casualties happen. So we make provisions for such health associated scenario like broken fingers, pulled the skin and even bruise hands.
Master Drum setup and maintenance – our drums never get old. Our practice drums are quite different from our stage performing drums, this makes our students have a wide understanding of different types of drums and also makes our maintenance second to none.
One Rudiment Academy
The One Rudiment Academy Drum School is aimed at creating an arena where academically struggling students can express themselves through the art of drumming, therefore creating another form of mental education that has the propensity to ignite their academic performance, cultivate exceptional social and physical skills, refine discipline and patience, as well as boosts self-esteem. To achieve this purpose of reaching out to these struggling students, we have mapped out places we can discover those students struggling to prove their academic prudence. Our target includes but not limited to:
- Church Groups
- Private home tuition
- Homeschooled children
- Youth offenders
- Youth clubs
- Sports clubs … e.t.c.
Our business is to train and develop the target audience and their likes in the area of drumming using a unique learning tool and system. The system in mind is a Copyrighted and trademarked learning tool known as drum tabs and drum numbers. This tested and trusted tool of ours is a fast and unique method to make the act of learning drums so much easier and fun. Drum numbers, on the other hand, is simply an algorithm/formula that uses all the different numbers to create different melodies using one rhythm idea. Because of this, lessons are more structured with users being able to apply what they are learning instantly through sight rather than still trying to figure things out. A practical example of the algorithm/formula is the picture below with an example of rhythms that could be used.
There are currently two products utilizing this system which are separate from what we propose to develop as products to users. We aim to create unique textbooks that will target Mainstream school children; Special education needs children, young offenders, and Home Schooled Children who are interested in drums. We aim to reach this target audience through parents, local councils, troubled family agencies/networks, social workers, community groups etc.