In this episode, Demeko and Tricia talk about the history of the percussion instruments we use clinically and the importance of being culturally informed to responsibly lead our sessions.

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Demeko Freeman MMT, entered the field of music therapy with a backpack, a tent, and a Djembe. He was greeted with small chuckle when he questioned, “Why do I need anything else but a drum?” He has since gained a fuller understanding of music therapy, which has deepened his belief in the function of percussion and rhythm in therapeutic contexts. He is interested in the effects of ritual, traditional rhythms and instruments, and group music making on community well being, as well as aiding in the development of the fields functional percussion competencies   His top three percussion cultures of study are West African Manding Music, Afro-Cuban Percussion, and Brazilian Samba.

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