DrumPower Workshop

Drum Power Workshop Registration is now Full.

The DrumPower Project
Violence Prevention, Social Integration and Empowerment through Music

We have 30 spots available to study the DrumPower program with Andreas Wölfl, who is travelling from Germany to participate in our stellar Conference line-up this year.

As an advanced competency training this is a fabulous opportunity to develop your therapeutic drumming skills with an acclaimed international trainer and researcher.

What is DrumPower?

DrumPower is an evidence-based model for music & drumming projects with children and youth to prevent violence and promote social inclusion and self-esteem. DrumPower has been researched and developed over several years and can be applied both in schools and in the community with refugees, children and at-risk youth. You can find out more here.

Who is Andreas Wolfl?

Dr Andreas Wölfl is the Director of the degree course in music therapy at the Institute for Music Therapy at Freies Musikzentrum in Munich. He is also a qualified child and adolescent psychotherapist. Andreas has worked in child and adolescent psychiatry for the past 20 years and regularly engages in teaching, research, supervision and publishing.

What’s included?

This 2-day workshop will introduce the structure and basic working methods of the DrumPower program for application in different types of schools and community settings. Andreas will cover musical and music therapy techniques to promote self-esteem, empathy, social inclusion and constructive conflict solving skills.

After completing this workshop you’ll be equipped to help children and young people develop skills to work creatively with both music and improvisation to deal with aggression and violence. You’ll feel confident to support young people to develop their own ideas for the management of conflicts and violent situations.

Day 1: Introduction to the DrumPower Program through a mix of theory and practical, experiential exercises.

Day 2: Methodical differentiation, identification of risk factors, variants in the therapeutic work with aggression and bullying, process work, context factors and cooperation, discussion of the transfer to practice.

What’s the cost?

The workshop will be $400 for the two days.


We've had a lot of initial interest in this workshop and places are limited so if you’d like to register then get in quick. Visit the registration page to register.

DrumPower Workshop with Andreas Wölfl

27th & 28th November

Melbourne Conservatorium of Music | Faculty of Fine Arts and Music
Building 862, John Hopkins Room (113) and Joan Hamm ond Room (109)
234 St Kilda Road, Southbank

Schedule & Program

Day 1
  • 9.00-10.30 Practical introduction of the DrumPower program
  • 10.30-11.00 Morning Tea
  • 11.00-12.30 Overview of the DrumPower method / lecture
  • 12.30-13.30 Lunch (not provided)
  • 13.30-15.00 Methodical exercises for group cohesion and individuation and dialogue in the process of project work (Part 1).
  • 15.00-15.30 Afternoon Tea
  • 15.30-17.00 Methodical exercises for group cohesion and individuation and dialogue in the process of project work (Part 2).
Day 2
  • 9.00-10.30 Improvisation exercises and music therapeutic role play on the topics of conflict and violence (Part 1)
  • 10.30-11.00 Morning Tea
  • 11.00-12.30 Improvisation exercises and music therapeutic role play on the topics of conflict and violence (part 2)
  • 12.30-13.30 Lunch (not provided)
  • 13.30-15.00 Development of a workshop performance as it is implemented in the project work with the young people.
  • 15.00-15.30 Afternoon Tea
  • 15.30-17.00 Discussion and transfer in different areas of practice.

In between, important aspects of the reflection of the group process are discussed and methodological approaches are shown for process-oriented project work with different group constellations and special features.

To consider

Please note that morning and afternoon tea are provided but lunch is not provided during the workshop - though there are many options close by. Dr Jeanette Tamplin will be our liaison person during the workshop and will be able to direct you to plenty of lunch or dinner options if necessary. Please bring your own drum. If you cannot bring your own drum please get in touch so we can try to provide one for you.

  • Sponsors

      • Key Dates

      • Early Bird Registration 20 July 2019 – Friday 20 September 2019
      • Drum Power Workshops Wednesday 27 November & Thursday 28 November 2019
      • AMTA2019 Conference Friday 29 November 2019 & Saturday 30 November 2019
      • Professional Development Seminar Sunday 1 December 2019