UpBeat Drum Circles

Po Box 235499 , Encinitas Ca 92023
Phone: 310-770-3398

UpBeat Drum Circles was founded on the principle that music should be valued not only as a mode of entertainment, but as an active methodology for achieving change in individuals, teams and communities. We use drums because they are the most accessible instrument. Everyone can drum. Our programs are aimed at creating a musically accessible culture, where musical expression is seen as a tool for personal transformation and development.

We believe that today’s world has a need for innovative programs to help us respect differences, work together at our highest potential, and create health and balance in our personal lives. We have researched the recipe for possible change and discovered that a successful program combines the following key elements:

  • Experiential learning.
  • Expression.
  • Communication.
  • Fun.
  • Stress-reduction
  • Metaphors for Change
  • Reflection
  • Challenge

The drum circle adds a key ingredient, creating an experience in collaborative creativity that is as old as the first tribes that sat in circles while drumming and chanting to achieve a higher state of community and individual expression. Our mission is to weave together ancient wisdom and practice of music making with the modern knowledge of human development.


Recent Grantee News


Drums of Peace


Last year Christine Stevens received a startling invitation: come to a Kurdish area of northern Iraq and teach drumming to the locals. Specifically, teach them how to participate in and ultimately lead drum circles in their own communities, bridging gaps between people and factions who have often been at odds for centuries.