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Music teaches students a valuable lesson in teamwork and communication

Business Edge students take ‘Human Rhythms’ session.

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 complemented the aims of the Business Edge program in teaching valuable employability skills such as the ability to work as a team and effective communication.

Human Rhythms provides drumming sessions as a motivational, team building exercise. The concept was first developed in 2001 and to date, 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. Corporate clients who have previously benefited from these sessions include Vodafone, AMP, McDonald’s, Yamaha and Qantas.

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 transformational 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.”

Students also found the activity a great addition to their 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,” said BES1100 student Paul Carter. 

More information 

Visit the Human Rhythms website.



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