Dr. Jane Bentley

Jane has been involved in Drum Circle Facilitation for 18 years, since first discovering Arthur’s book ‘Drum Circle Spirit’ back in 1999. In 2011 she was awarded the first ever PhD based on drum circles and improvisation, highlighting the effects of group music making on human wellbeing.

She has drummed with people in just about every imaginable situation – from prisons to island retreat centers, and also enjoys applying facilitation skills to broader large-scale music participation projects, such as creating a giant percussive orchestra made from bicycles, and working alongside orchestras.

Much of her current work involves developing music in hospital and health settings, from children in hospital, to adults with dementia; collaborating with musicians across every genre. She leads the award-winning mental health drumming group ‘The Buddy Beat’, and works worldwide using music to explore community, communication, and creativity in health, education and social care. In 2016, she was named a BBC Music ‘Unsung Hero’, for her work in the community.

As a trainer, she has been involved in training musicians, music therapists, occupational therapists, nursing staff and activity co-ordinators from Brighton to Chicago, and will shortly be working on a fellowship with the Global Brain Health Institute examining the relationship between music and brain health.