Japan Loves the Drum Circle!

Japanese musicians, Music Therapists and Educators among others have flocked to the Hawaii Facilitators Playshop and other US  trainings to learn from Arthur Hull. In 2003, Japanese students invited Arthur to teach Drum Circle Facilitation in Japan. Arthur brings this extensive community building  experience to Japan where he has taught hundreds of students and instigated a movement that has brought drum circles into Japanese community.

Drum Circle Facilitation has become a big success in Japan with school teachers, Music Therapists, musicians, artists and performers among the many who have found the fun and excitement of using rhythm to motivate people.  REMO Inc. and Yamaha Music Japan generously began sponsoring the Village Music Circles training in 2006 and continue to do so.

Inspired by Arthur Hull and Village Music Circles trained facilitators Yamaha Music Japan now offers a Drum Circle Facilitators’ Association for serious practitioners of the art Drum Circle Facilitation.


Testimonials in English and Japanese

Different occupations and different generations all in one room. But we all got along and laughed together from start to finish. During the playshop, I learned the essence of communication with and without an instrument. Really, it was fun! ! --Musician









Regardless of gender, economic level, education, or even physical condition, children come face to face with feelings that are their own. For all students, with or without disabilities, the classroom becomes a place that encourages human understanding far beyond education. --Elementary School Teacher: LD/ ADHD Classroom





Fresh and fun! Up until now, I thought teaching improvisatory music meant letting students just bang on drums. Now I know how important it is to use all five senses when you facilitate a group of people playing music together. The fun is all real and all natural!

--University High School Music Instructor



(大学高等学校講師 音楽担当)