Five years ago, Tim came to Vermont with a dream... That dream became his business, Vermont Singing Drum. Tim has always been a designer of projects based on his creative right brained thinking. Upon the years of research he had done about the value of music in someones life, he became even more intrigued with the sounds and designs of "Singing Drums". There are many styles and types of these drums, but Tim took it to the next level. Originally from recycled propane tanks, with the desire to not just create a musical instrument, but help create beauty from left over material, Tim handmade his first Vermont Singing Drum.
From here, he perfected the sound and design, making it an easy access to play for not just musician, but for the non-musician to interact with a musical instrument. With his own background of music, he knew that most musical instruments could be daunting and take years to master, also creating a competitive musical world that he wanted to avoid.
His dream was to provide a drum that was not just easy to play with no instruction, but also create a kindness feeling while playing. Kindness to yourself and Kindness to others.
Once established in the South End Arts District, Burlington Vermont, Tim, who has held a long term relationship of being 'different' from others in how he learns, views situations and sees the world, already knew what a difference playing a musical instrument can be for a child in their years of growth. However Tim wanted to take it a step further once again and took his "Kindness Drum" into the schools.
He understood that not all children are the same and some learn on a different scale than others, some are happier than others and some have better social skills than others. What he wanted to provide is the bridge to close that gap that makes those differences and show that it's "ok" to be different, with the understanding, we need and should all respect and be kind to one another. He wanted to see what we could do to engage everyone together as one strong bond of kindness and growth.
After seeing the results of one classroom, he saw the BIG vision and birthed Balance Intelligence Group, with the in school program of supplying TWO of his Vermont Singing Drums into EVERY classroom of EVERY school, Heart to Hand.
Developing Heart to Hand, a musical mindfulness classroom management program, that helps teachers and students re-direct their energy and attention into a positive and creative mindset.
Building culture and community is a huge staple in Tim's views, not just B.I.G.'s vision. Tim's desire to see if his drums in a classroom is just enough of a nudge for a child to change their path to improvement and wellness, just follows in line with his dream from founding his business Vermont Singing Drum, who has become one of B.I.G.s sponsors. "They say to find your purpose in life - well that's my purpose, I wish to heal" -Tim