Pre-Program Assignments

Pre-Program Assignments

Greetings Facilitators,

We are looking forward to an exciting Playshop of facilitating rhythm and community. Here are your assignments, should you choose to do them. They are optional, but doing them will augment the Playshop’s activities for you. I look forward to sharing our knowledge and spirit with each other when we meet in the circle. Get plenty of sleep before the program starts

See you there!... Arthur


The following are assignments to be done prior to the Playshop.


Start off your assignments by going to our Village Music Circles website and view the video on our home page entitled “The Art of Drum Circle Facilitation.”


If you have not previously purchased the book, Drum Circle Facilitation by Arthur Hull, you will need to read this book prior to the Playshop. It is a required reading and will certainly expand your experience. You can order books directly through our website. Order Books. Pay special attention to Chapters 4, 5, and 9. Bring your book with you to the  Playshop.


All of the following writing assignments are due at the beginning of the program and will be shared with the group unless you put the word “Private” on the top of each page submitted.

  1. Write a one-page biographical essay with a photo of you attached to it.
  2. Do the ‘Mission Statement’ writing assignment on page 78 of the book: Drum Circle Facilitation. This should be one-page long and handed in at the start of the Playshop.
    If you are not yet facilitating rhythm-based events, then skip the following writing assignments. If you are currently facilitating rhythm-based events:
  1. Write one-page or less on the subject “my best drum circle” using the critique technique on page 108 of the book. Include your biggest learning.
  1. Write one-page or less on the subject “my worst drum circle” using the critique technique on page 108 of the book. Include your biggest learning.

By doing these assignments, you will turn your training into a launch pad for community service through rhythm.



BRING a bell, a shaker, and a wood block or clave. Bring other “sound” percussion if you have them (Tibetan bells, rain sticks, gong, ankle bells, etc.).

BRING a drum if you able. Drums and percussion are provided. 



STRING...Please bring 3 feet of colored string, or ribbon for the closing ceremonies. Be sure it is thicker than thread but thinner than rope. As you select your string, please imagine it being connected to all of the other facilitator’s intentions and work in our drumming community as we continue to serve our growing “rhythmaculture.”