The Drum Breath Exercises

Drum Breaths are 99-second "play along" songs to help students calm their bodies + center their minds so they're ready to consciously create together.
 

Playing music as a group requires each person to be in the present moment, give their full attention, and have the ability to consistently perform in time with those around them.

 

Unless each individual calms their own unique nervous systems first, teaching music – or any subject, really – 
can feel draining and overwhelming.

 

Drum Breath Exercises can fast-track self-regulation, 
saving you weeks of precious class time (and your last nerve).  I've already helped over 12,200 educators across 27 countries (and counting) incorporate Percussion-Based Stress Reduction into their lessons + lives and I'd be honored to support you + your students, too.

Who are Drum Breaths for?

  • Ground in the physical body

  • Learn proven self-regulation strategies

  • Focus + get more done in less time

  • Practice trusting the cycles of life

  • Re-attune to earth's natural vibrations*

  • Reduce "space cadet syndrome"
    (aka disassociation)

  • Gain a multi-sensory understanding of beat + time

student benefits

  • Define your classroom climate

  • Incorporate movement pedagogy

  • Optimize your teaching + learning time

  • Create routines to reduce anxiety

  • Set substitutes teachers up for success

  • Maximize your healing impact

  • Use less energy gaining class control

teacher benefits

And you'll do all this in a way that seamlessly ties into your regular lesson plans!

*For almost 70 years, music has been tuned to a pitch that is dissonant to naturally occurring vibrations.  Dissonance causes stress + instability.  Harmony causes alignment.  Learn more here: What is 432hz + why is it crucial that I understand it?

Text here about breath, stress, social-emotional learning, etc.

Drum Breaths are for intentional humans who want to get their body and mind aligned for optimum learning, living, and thriving.

image of drum breaths video here (or video preview?)

What's included?
Cool Down #1

Cool Down #1 is a funky groove beginning with lively __ and complex drum beat.  It's smooth transitions between each set of breaths sneaks up on you so your brain can't resist regulating.  By the end, you're smooth-sailing with a simple beat and chill accompaniment.

Play-Along Video

Play-Along Video with clicks

Play-Along Video – Drums Only

Play-Along mp3: Groove

Play-Along mp3: Groove with clicks

Play-Along mp3: Drums with clicks

Cool Down #1's most popular uses:

After recess or lunch

After high-energy lessons

After sports games

To close class or school day

Built-in Perks
Color Therapy

Each play-along video changes background colors with each breath cycle.  These intentionally selected colors support the desired emotional state.

Example:


Red is an energy-packed color.  Starting cool down breaths with rowdy music + red colors honors the current emotional state instead of stifling or suppressing it.  The music + colors gradually stimulate + support emotional regulation over 99 seconds instead of abruptly enforcing conformity.

Multiple Intelligences

Musical  listen + play-along

Kinesthetic  tactile engagement

Mathematic  calculating time + counting breaths

Visual  illustrated breath guidance

Linguistic  read breaths + instructions throughout

432 Hz

Each play-along video changes background colors with each breath cycle.  These intentionally selected colors support the desired emotional state.

Example:


Red is an energy-packed color.  Starting cool down breaths with rowdy music + red colors honors the current emotional state instead of stifling or suppressing it.  The music + colors gradually stimulate + support emotional regulation over 99 seconds instead of abruptly enforcing conformity.

Teach Marching

Drum Breaths are PERFECT for teaching marching to newbies!  It's a quick way to get all the areas of the brain necessary for top-notch performance on board and is a great introduction to marching sets/drill.

 

Project the video (with sound) in your band room or MPR so students can practice feeling the beat in their feet, while breathing together + counting along in their heads.  The background color changes with the music at the beginning of each set in the video.

Tip for wind players:

Finger along (or use air + buttons) to play scales/warmups while practicing marching to the "Drums with Clicks" track.

Tip for percussionists:

Body drum (or air drum) warmups while practicing marching to any track.

"Best investment of my whole teaching career!  It only takes 99 seconds after a rowdy recess to get everyone back on track – and they think it's fun!  We all win!"

– LAURA S.  3rd Grade Teacher | California, USA

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"The entire vibe of the class changed in less than 2 minutes. This is the miracle I've been praying for!"

– CASEY M.  

    Middle School Teacher | California, USA

"Drum Breaths shifted the atmosphere of our school.  We first implemented it as an On Campus Suspension protocol.  It was so effective, we incorporated it into our morning announcements for all students, faculty, and staff. It feels like a dream to have everyone on campus become one and breathe together for a minute to start off the day.  No national tragedies required – we simply pause and get centered on purpose.  It's beautiful.  Thank you, Skye."

– LORI A.  

    High School Principal | California, USA

What is 432hz + why is it crucial that I understand it?

Short Version (maybe include link to long version in blog post?attune to the earth's vibrations (since early 1900's, regular music is recorded in a pitch dissonant to naturally occurring vibrations, dissonance causes stress + instability, harmony causes alignment - *see 432hz section below)

You know that jump-out-of-your-skin sound that comes out of your phone when there's an Amber Alert or Severe Weather Warning in your area?  It's similar to the Emergency Alert System tests we used to hear on the radio and TV.  The tones in those alerts are intentionally dissonant (the opposite of harmony) because dissonant vibrations stimulate the release of stress hormones in our bodies to get our attention.

 

In the case of an emergency, getting our attention with harsh dissonant tones to warn us makes sense.

Dissonant tones are also commonly woven throughout music to create feelings of tension and release.  Have you ever heard a song end one word/note early?  If you haven't, imagine a song in your head, don't sing the last word.  Do you feel incomplete?    Dissonance is creating that feeling.  Everything in you wants it to resolve because it's not in harmony with the root note of the key (specific grouping of notes) your mind became accustomed to while listening to that song.  Your brain wants to hear the root, to "ground."

Imagine what it would feel like if your life had a specific key and everything around you was in harmony... makes you want to take a deep breath just imagining it, doesn't it?

When we lived in a natural world, this was actually a real thing!!  Earth, water, sea shells, plants, animals, humans... we all naturally vibrate in harmonious tones.  These tones resonate with A=432hz.

It makes sense that, even before we could scientifically prove it, music all over the world was tuned to be in harmony with nature.  It's not anymore, though... around the same time man-made chemicals, plastic, pharmaceuticals came to be, it was decided that music should be tuned to A=440hz.

440hz registers in the body + brain the same way those emergency alerts do.  We're so accustomed to the constant drip of cortisol (a stress hormone), though, that we don't know that it's even possible to feel more at peace.  Tuning to 440hz worldwide for almost 70 years has conditioned us to believe this amount of stress is "normal."

When listening to music tuned to 432hz for the first time, it's almost impossible to notice the difference.  It's easier to feel the difference if it's a song you've listened to a gazillion times tuned to 440hz.  Many people report feeling like the song sounds + feels "happier."

Personally, when I listen to intentionally-tuned music for awhile – like I did during the creation of Drum Breaths – I can feel 440hz like a glitch in my brain, like the sound/feeling large electrical lines make when you walk under them.

It is for this reason that I believe it is imperative that if I'm going to help you calm down, I've got you fully + completely covered.  Not just in the mood, volume, or layers of instruments, but in the – quite literal – fine tuning, too.

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