The principles of Teamwork applied...
- Cooperation versus Competition
- Group Dynamics
- Individual contribution as a part of a larger whole
- Quality peer relationships
A Village Music Circle is a group
of people having fun creating simple parts on a chorus of tuned
drums, percussion and musical instruments to create a dynamic musical
As a keynote motivational presenter, Arthur Hull is a nationally
renowned master of group facilitation. He is recognized as the father
of the community drum circle movement, and is one of the leading
community drum facilitators in the world.
Through his Village Music Circles, Arthur creates dynamic,
fun-filled drum circle experiences which utilize extensive rhythmical
and group facilitation techniques. He uses rhythm circles for spirit
building among personal growth and religious groups, team building
in major corporations throughout the world, to ease tensions between
rival street gangs, as a synergizer in large world percussion festivals,
and conferences, and to help build community in grass roots organizations.
Within the corporate environment, Arthur has facilitated interactive
rhythmical team-building events for groups ranging in size from
20 to 6000. Many companies, including Lucent Technology, Walt Disney,
Pac Bell, Cisco Systems, and Sun Microsystems, utilize Arthur's
expertise in creating group synergy through the use of rhythm.
The interaction and cooperation that unites a village into a successful
social, economic entity can easily be translated into metaphors
that apply to the corporate community. The unique group dynamics
of the people involved in a Village Music Circle program are used
to actively create a team through the process of playing music together.
Some of the principles created and demonstrated in the experience
are: cooperation vs. competition; individual contribution as part
of the larger whole; clear communication; and quality peer relationships.
These team-building principles are the exact same principals that
make a Village Music Circle function successfully.
As the team begins to work together, they develop a common language
which they will carry with them through the rest of the program.
This common language allows communication to flow freely among the
members of the group.
A team dynamic can be created in one to two hours that most trainers
see only at the end of a three-day program. After a Village Music
session other program facilitators can then use the synergy created
as a tool to make the entire program more successful.
While teaching Village Music at the University of California in
Santa Cruz for sixteen years, Arthur introduced the universal principals
of hand drumming to over seven thousand students.
As a performing musician for 30 years he has studied and worked
with many renowned percussionists including Babatunde Olatunji,
Zakir Hussain, Hamza El Din, and Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead.
Arthur has appeared on the covers of the Wall Street Journal and
the Yoga Journal, and has facilitated opening drum circle celebrations
and rhythmical alchemy playshops at the Association of Humanistic
Psychology, Noetic Science, Neural Linguistic Programming, Association
for Music Therapists, Yoga Journal, and many other alternative healing
conferences. Along with his musical talents and expert facilitation
skills, Arthur's humorous, whimsical and spontaneous manner make
him a delightful addition to any event.