Eager faces look at each other as they sit huddled in a circle, hands
resting on goblet-looking drums called “djembe” straddled between their
legs while few clutch tambourines and maracas, experimenting with the
sounds made by the musical instruments and creating rhythms.
Such music-playing sessions are a favourite among corporate staff,
who come together to partake in the “creative drum circle team building”
programme under the guidance of 36-year-old Rodger Roy Joseph, founder
and director of RaM Music Network - Drum Circle Malaysia.
“Corporate companies love what I do as they get to connect with one
another and express themselves through music,” he told M&C Asia,
noting that the language of rhythm is a powerful medium, transcending
“Basically, drumming in a circle creates a bond among people. There’s
magic in the room that’s felt by everyone regardless of gender, age and
race. Participants leave with a smile on their face, feeling
energised,” said Joseph, an avid drummer since young.
In between drum lessons for children, Joseph established drum circle
sessions using plastic buckets before shifting to djembes, which are
made in Bali. Today, instruments used in the events include tambourines,
maracas, claves, bass drums, V-drums, black shakers and egg shakers.
Of the 10 drum circle programmes that Joseph runs, the creative drum
circle team building is designed for corporate groups and is divided
into 45-minute, two-hour and four-hour categories depending on the
company’s theme and objective.
The sessions enable participants to stand out and be fully involved
to ensure quality end results. Participants also inadvertently make
“discoveries” on a personal level, as a team and an organisation. “The
process could help you discover yourself or be able to display your
capabilities to your department or corporation,” he said.
Team building enhances cooperation, communication and commitment
while bringing out latent leadership skills or potential, and
cultivating bonds, he said.
“One person from each group will then be invited to lead their team
by following my beat. It can be anyone, the CEO, manager or the
receptionist. The idea is to get their support to produce good results
together,” Joseph said.
From Kuala Lumpur, where his company is based, Joseph has led drum
circle team building sessions in Singapore and Australia via Zoom. “They
participated by using plastic buckets and cups, so there isn’t a need
to buy drums,” he said, adding that he works closely with 25 corporate
training providers, with whom he partners.