BA-BOOM! Adventures in Sound!

Mobile Music Program for Youth in Remote Areas

Ba-Boom! Program Outline

Ba-Boom! Rhythm Program Outline


To engage and empower youth with self confidence and pride, develop the capacity to form and maintain healthy emotional relationships, by building cognitive capacity through patterned sequential repetition, using the medium of ensemble drumming.

Through appropriate scaffolding, competency is enhanced through age specific rhythmic, music and movement activities, as children and youth gain fine motor, gross motor, social, emotional, cognitive, language and self-regulation skills.


>To assist students in their understanding of the benefits of commitment and discipline along the pathway to success.
>To promote resilience and the strengths to face and overcome challenges. (self regulation)
>To assist young people in building capacities to develop healthy, respectful and sustainable relationships- belonging to a group (affiliation)
>To develop listening skills , right/left brain synchronicity and physical co-ordination (motor skills)
>To develop awareness and tolerance of others.


~Call and response (listening , cognitive skills)
~Cross core (right/left brain synchronisation)
~Body percussion (gross motor skills)
~Hand and stick techniques (fine motor skills)
~Polyrhythmic group drumming and body percussion exercises ( team work, listening , cognitive skills, affiliation-social and emotional)
~Paired exercises (affiliation-social and emotional)
~Ensemble rhythmic arrangement (creativity, teamwork)
~Introduction to box notation (reading rhythm, cognitive skills)
~Direction in professional stage presentation. (Professional development)
~Introducing controlled challenges with graded difficulty of patterned sequences. (Cognitive skills)

*Self-regulation activities include stop-start games, loud-soft, fast-slow, listening activities, and the use of steady rhythms.


Time Structure Options:

As skills, technique and confidence build sequentially and rapidly with an immersive program structure, to reach individual and group outcomes we recommend:

A two week full-time program in school (all grades/classes timetabled daily, monday-friday, both weeks);

– This works very well in schools, working towards a performance outcome for school assembly to conclude the program. This effectively reveals the rapid development of the students’ capacities and confidence and can be ‘publicly’ assessed, documented and evaluated.

A six or eight week part-time program in school (2-3 days per week, all classes);

– A more spread out program which takes advantage of the rest between visits for information to really sink in and be processed. This type of format also gives participants something to look forward to on a weekly basis. A performance outcome (for the school or organization) concludes the program, where assessment, documentation and evaluation is invited.

Both of these program formats are ideal for schools and youth development services/organizations.


If a performance outcome is not desired or required, we can offer a contrasting program that is in a drum-circle format:

– This program focuses on team-building, group dynamics, improvisation and health & well-being.

Benefits include: increased awareness, overcoming of fear, stress-relief and the experience of group unity.

This can be a single days’ session or several days according to need.

The drum circle format works well in corporate or community settings in the context of team building exercises/days/forums.