Anyone who’s tried drumming in a group knows how energising yet relaxing it can be. Clinical research is now providing evidence of the health and wellbeing benefits of drumming.
Rhythm is a natural part of life. We all use it every day. From the beat of our heart, to the rhythm of our walk, from chopping the vegies to stroking the cat – we are working with rhythm.
Group drumming is about re-connecting with yourself and with others. It encourages self-expression, brings focus to deep listening and alleviates stress and worry.
Drumming together is the perfect metaphor for positive relationships. Making-music together is about supporting others and being supported and sharing in the enjoyment of playing together.
It allows us to experience being part of a team, co-operating and going beyond differences.
This video shows Peta talking about the positive benefits our group drumming events.
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 well-being and euphoria, in his highly stressed patients.
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 the drums together in a group quickly breaks down age, gender, ethnic, and social barriers.
By drumming together, groups develop a powerful sense of unity. Playing together promotes collaboration and gives drummers a sense of belonging. Group drumming emphasises both interdependence and equality.
Great for kids and teenagers
Research has proven drumming in a group helps children build self-control, self-esteem, respect, empathy and tolerance for others. Plus, it helps to channel excess energy and frustration in a creative and productive way.
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.
Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases
Doctors have found that Alzheimer’s patients who drum can connect better with loved ones. Researchers have also discovered that hearing slow, steady rhythms – such as drumbeats – helps Parkinson’s patients move more steadily.
If you’d like to experience the benefits of drumming in a group, why not try a Positive Music Community Drum Circle?