FACILITATOR JOANNE CROFFORD – A little more Cowbell Please
Joanne has experienced the positive effects of drumming on the development of music, language, communication, community building, and personal development. Known for creating a relaxed environment where everyone feels welcome to contribute. Joanne co-faciitates The Regina Drum Circle with Music Educator Marlene Hinz, teaches in-store Professional Development for teachers and community facilitators, hosts workshops with Qu’Appelle Health Region Caring Hearts Camp, and The Drumming for Growth program for youth in supported living programs. Workshops, drum circles, and training retreats, for church, school, community, corporate, festivals, and Creative Kids programs. Has studied drumming with traditional drummers from Africa, Cuba, Brazil, and the Middle East and has completed an ORFF and World Music program and more recently the DRUMBEAT program developed by the Holyoake Institute of Australia, which includes increased therapeutic content with the drum as a life metaphor and learning tool. Founder of Cathedral Village Drum Circle 1996, Chair of major drum events including Heartbeat – Grey Cup 1995, Cathedral Arts Festival Drum Extravaganza, Ba Da Boom, Children’s Festival and Exhibition shows Odyssey and Beauty and the Bog, and most recently “Drumming the Village” – the first ever youth drum festival in Regina, and continuing community drum activities. Performance history includes The Ghanadians with master drummer Joseph Ashong and husband Victor Tiede. Performed in Skin & Bone, Bandja, Jambalay, and the Tuesday Night Jam, supporting multi-cultural fundraisers for education, women’s health, and aids in Africa, and Cancer research, prevention, and treatment in Saskatchewan.
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Christina believes in community building through music. Drum Circles allow people to listen and connect with others and their own inner voice. She has seen the power of music to positively impact self esteem and confidence and allow people to take safe risks in exploring new aspects of themselves and the world around them. Christina grew up learning music; starting with the violin at the age of three, she went on to study piano, flute, guitar and hand drumming. Travelling to Lesotho (Southern Africa) in 2007, she volunteered teaching music with high school students, orphans and disabled children. She coordinated a donation of drums for the school, and brought drummers from Ghana to teach the children West African rhythms. While in South Africa, she studied, performed and recorded with African musicians. Christina has a Bachelor of Social Work and close to 10 years of professional work experience in supporting and motivating positive change in individuals and families. She attended the Advanced Drum Circle Facilitation training with Cameron Tummel, has completed certification in Medicine Wheel Teachings, Talking Circle facilitation and DRUMBEAT Facilitation Training. This summer, she had the joy of co-facilitating a Community Drum Circle at the Ness Creek music festival with Jeffrey Vancha. She has actively performed with Tribal Vibes Wildfire Productions since 2005, contributing original music, varied instrumentation, facilitation and creativity to the group, which performs for diverse and varied audiences and has hosted community drum circles. As a songwriter and performer, she enjoys fusing original music with traditional music from around the world. To have a 10 week DRUMBEAT program delivered in your school or organization, contact Christina for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.