Before beginning the Drums Alive® program one needs to know what type of equipment is best suited for the participating population. In addition, basic drumming and movement skills need to be learned before combining the locomotor movement with rhythmical drumming skills.
NOTE: You can purchase official Drums Alive equipment from our exclusive distributor, West Music:
1. Stability Ball AND Ball holder/Ball stand/ Step Risers (Use only an Anti-Burst, Burst-Resistant, or Burst Free ball.)
It is important to ensure that the circumference of the ball fits the ball holder. The combination of ball and ball holder should ensure that the cumulative height of the two allows the participant to drum without excessive forward flexion of the spine.
* A general rule should be that the ball reaches just below the belly button or allows the arms to be held at approximately a 45-degree angle.
There are many different ways to hold the stability ball in place. Choosing a ball holder is important to ensure safety, correct technique, and body alignment. Make sure safety precautions for the holder are discussed before beginning the program. Make sure the ball holder has the proper dimensions and height and is the appropriate holder for the participating population.
The most common holders are:
Alternative Ball Holders