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Music teaches students a valuable lesson

Friday, 03 June 2011

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ECU Business Edge students recently learned some important lessons through the power of music, in a session led by the Founder and Director of Human Rhythms, Mr Mickey Shaked.

The session complimented the aims of the Business Edge program by teaching valuable skills in the areas of team work and effective communication.

Human Rhythms provides drumming sessions as a motivational, team building exercise. The concept was first developed in 2001 and has brought music to over 100,000 people around the world, exposing their hidden talents and helping them to listen to and support one another.

Students in the Foundations of Business Knowledge (BES1100) unit used djembes for the session, which are skin-covered drums played with bare hands. Through the power of non-verbal communication and collaboration, they produced a satisfying and complex rhythm without a single word being spoken.

Lecturer Mr Arron Jackson believed the exercise was a inspiring learning success.

“The Human Rhythms activity engaged the students completely. This unorthodox approach to relating the dynamics of human communications through drumming allowed students to learn though experience and reflection,” Mr Jackson said

BES1100 student Paul Carter found the activity a great addition to his formal learning.

“It was great to work together and put in a team effort. The way it was done was very unique and effective. It is an experience I will remember for time to come,” Paul said.

More information visit the Human Rhythms website

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