Why Drumming and Music

Why Drumming is so effective

Drumming brings people together. The very act of Team – building drumming takes us out of our heads and into the moment. Team Drumming is about working together and creating positive, energising group dynamics. It encourages self-expression, brings focus to deep listening, and alleviates stress and worry. Collective, rhythmic team drumming is the perfect metaphor for teamwork and building positive working relationships.

Music engages our mind and body

Interactive making-music engages our senses –  thinking, feeling and movement. By engaging our minds and bodies in the ‘trance – like’ magic of music and rhythm, relaxation and clarity occurs, minds shift into a natural state of being. Becoming less distracted, we start focusing more and listening more. This allows us to experience being part of a team, co-operating and celebrating diversity. It makes us feel collectively supported in the enjoyment of playing together.

In our sessions, group members cannot help but feel energized by the larger than life power of music. They love coming together in unison, and creating rhythmic expressions to add to the ‘orchestra’ of the group.

The natural rhythm of life. It moves us, guides us and motivates us.

The rhythmic changes we hear and feel through music reflect our life and our work environment. Music can teach us how to go with the change. How to deal with change in our lives.

Scientific research

Scientific research is now providing evidence of the health and wellbeing benefits of group drumming.

Reduces stress and increases feelings of wellbeing

Dr. Barry Quinn, a licensed clinical psychologist, found that drumming increased alpha brainwaves, which are associated with feelings of wellbeing and euphoria, in his highly stressed patients.

Reduces burnout and improves mood 

A group drumming intervention emphasises support and self-expression rather than mastery. Participants showed higher levels of personal respect, diminished burnout and improve mood states, developing in meaningful and effective working relationships.

Builds self esteem

Drumming in a group is an inclusive activity that everybody can do. Participants get a great sense of competence, which in turn enhances self-esteem and confidence.

Breaks down barriers

Drumming is non-confrontational and non-competitive. Playing hand drums together in a group quickly breaks down age, gender, ethnic, and social barriers.

Creates camaraderie

By drumming together, groups develop a powerful sense of unity. Playing together in the workplace promotes collaboration and gives drummers a sense of belonging. Group drumming emphasises both interdependence and equality.

Improves disease fighting

Neurologist Barry Bittman, M.D. discovered that a specific group drumming approach significantly increased the disease fighting activity of circulating white blood cells (natural killer cells) that seek out and destroy cancer cells and virally infected cells.

If you’d like to experience the benefits of drumming in your workplace, why not try our team-building drum circle.

Links to growing body of research and clinical studies

Corporate Employee Wellness Impact

Effectiveness for Employee Burnout and Turnover Reduction

Get your Team in Harmony

By engaging in our programs your team will carry forward the powerful metaphor of “playing in harmony” bringing energy and vitality to your workplace leaving staff engaged and connected.

Here’s a selection of some of the benefits to be had by drumming in the workplace:

  • Promotes harmonious working relationships
  • Strengthens immune system of corporate employees
  • Stimulates creative thinking
  • Celebrates diversity
  • The workplace being a fulfilling and dynamic environment
  • Builds trust, respect and improves communication
  • Releases stress and tension
  • Increases levels of motivation between participants

To see how Positive Music can invigorate your next conference or event in creating a team that “plays well together” contact Peta Minter and schedule a free consultation today.

Sound Meditation & Wellness Programs

See how Positive Music’s relaxing and meditative sound bath can reduce stress and tension. Empower teams and inspire active listening with our staff wellbeing programs or experience a sense of tranquillity with Peta’s meditation music.