Songbird’s Drums Alive program changing lives beat by beat

Members from the Drums Alive group at the Your Story Disability Morning Tea. Photo: Tara Campbell.

SONGBIRD is transforming lives one drum beat at a time.

Songbird is a modern disability services provider offering a range of National Disability Insurance Scheme support across the Newcastle, Port Stephens, Maitland and MidCoast regions, and notably, the Drums Alive program, an outcome-based disability program with unique and upbeat learning opportunities.

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Danielle Grech, the Drums Alive Team Leader for Songbird told News Of The Area the program offers engaging group activities for individuals with disabilities.

“Our program helps individuals with disabilities induce socialisation, mental stabilisation and physical health, all while jamming to their favourite beats,” Danielle said.

“At Drums Alive, we have created a safe environment where participants can let loose and forget about any limitations, fully expressing themselves through their music.”

Drums Alive utilises large-scale ‘drums’; exercise balls in large tubs to encourage participation for all, regardless of ability.

“Everyone is always welcome and it’s amazing to see how each group is different,” Danielle said.

“We’re like a big happy family, and always develop our programs based upon each individual.”

The program, based in Newcastle, has participants from across the Hunter Region.

“We’ve had people travel from Bulahdelah, stay the night and then travel back, just to attend our program,” said Danielle.

“Our door is always open for anyone who wants to come and try,” she said.

For more information about the Drums Alive Program, visit Songbird’s website at


Colourful drumsticks, fun tunes and smiles from the Drums Alive group. Photo: Tara Campbell.

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