VMC Certification

"Really good facilitation can bring a sense of the poetic into a group, often through the physical movements of the facilitator, or sometimes through their inclusion of the natural world The sounds of the ocean, or the stars at night, into the listening consciousness of the group. It can also bring a level of fun, excitement and sheer whimsy that can be hard to attain without a facilitator. As a professional musician, I welcome this kind of facilitation."

—S. Snow, USA

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"The grooves were solid, interventions were minimal and we really mixed small percussion with the drums and they all thought that was so cool! All of this leads to my biggest learning....plan minimally, listen and feel the circle, use your magic wand responsibly and the music will pay you back a hundred fold."

—Nellie Hill, USA

"These trainings aren't just about drum circles. These are life lessons. Inside and outside of the circle, we are in service to each person. Let the people's energy tell us when to enter the circle, what to do, and when to leave."

—Laurir Precht

 

Why become a VMC Certified Facilitator?

Village Music Circles (VMC) has pioneered the field of professional Drum Circle Facilitation (DCF). The Village Music Circles’ Facilitation Training is internationally recognized as the defining standard for DCF training excellence.

VMC Certification is created to provide a standard that is identifiable, achievable and measurable by which a DCF can be evaluated.

Certification provides a standard of recognition for individuals who have participated in the VMC leadership trainings. Certified Drum Circle Facilitators will have achieved a high standard of facilitation skills and VMC core community building values into their DCF practice.

Through achievement of certification, Drum Circle Facilitators will gain international recognition for meeting standards of excellence in facilitation skills, leadership and community building.

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To be eligible for VMC Certification, Facilitators must complete:

  • One week-long VMC Basic Intensive Training
  • One VMC Mentors Experience (advanced leadership training)
  • Evaluation process: self-assessment and peer-review
  • Certification evaluation by arrangement at any Facilitator Training

Facilitators certified by VMC will receive the following:

  • A VMC Certified logo for professional use
  • Listing on the VMC website
  • Professional references from VMC upon request
  • Potential for selection for facilitating VMC events

The second Mentors Experience will offer Facilitators on the path to certification an opportunity for evaluation and peer-review. Successful completion of all requirements will culminate in Village Music Circles Certification.

Apply for Village Music Circles™ Certification
"The grooves were solid, interventions were minimal and we really mixed small percussion with the drums and they all thought that was so cool! All of this leads to my biggest learning....plan minimally, listen and feel the circle, use your magic wand responsibly and the music will pay you back a hundred fold."
Nellie Hill, USA

"These trainings aren't just about drum circles. These are life lessons. Inside and outside of the circle, we are in service to each person. Let the people's energy tell us when to enter the circle, what to do, and when to leave."
Laurir Precht
 

Apply for Village Music Circles Certification

Certification Requirements (PDF)

Certification Program Agreement (PDF)

Certification Application (PDF)

Certification Checklist (PDF)

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