Drum It Up

You can drum just about any time and anywhere.

You can drum on a drum – and on just about anything else.

You can drum with your hands, with your feet, and with your mouth.

You can drum alone, with friends, and with strangers (new friends).

You can drum when you’re happy, sad, angry, or feeling like you […]

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Health and Drumming Study

In a recent study by the Royal College of Music in London, England, researches found measurable improvements in levels of anxiety, depression, social resilience and inflammatory immune response. Study participants were clients receiving mental health services and engaged in 90-minute group drumming classes with an experienced drummer over a ten-week period. While the results […]

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Back at Home (Therapeutic Drumming Chronicles)

The tears appear when the brain thinks and sweats too much…so the sweat
goes through eyes as tears.

– 11 years old child
“Hello Martin, I was a participant in Insight 4 Seminars. Before your rhythm session, something unleashed in me and I cried three days in a row. At your session also cried to a certain point, but after […]

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The Importance of Quality and Recorded Music

Quality is something we can all appreciate. It doesn’t matter what you’re into, quality matters. In music, quality starts with your tools, the sounds you create, and the rhythms, melodies, and other aspects of music follow. Quality is not about being fancy or complex. At its core, it’s about being simple and reliable. This […]

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The Amazing Neuroscience of Drummers

This blog post cites several sources that claim benefits of drumming.

See the full article here.

Note: This is not a scholarly article.

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Feeling the beat: Symposium explores the therapeutic effects of rhythmic music

An article that describes a symposium on music, rhythm, and the brain.

See the full article here.

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When Sound Hurts

Can Group Drumming Cause Harm?

Most of us prefer to focus on the many benefits of drumming, things like improvements in coordination, timing, listening, attention, focus, achievement, socializing, creativity, expression, artistry, and many more. Most of the time, we’re either drumming alone or in small ensembles of a few people.

With the rise of large-format drumming, […]

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Therapeutic Drumming Course Update

We’re pleased to welcome these amazing drummers and teachers to the 2016 Therapeutic Drumming Course.

Weaving Rhythm and Voice with Miranda Rondeau
Beat Out Stress with Abbie Ehorn
Course Curator and Host: Kalani Das

Participants learn how to create various types of therapeutic drumming experiences for individuals and groups.
Participants will:

identify approaches for individual, partner, and group interventions.
lead musical experiences […]

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Breaking the Silence

Silence can be an important part of any musical experience. It gives us time to enjoy the afterglow, to process what happened, and to simply be in the moment with our thought and feelings. How we exit that sacred space is as important as creating it in the first place.

During a recent group drumming experience, […]

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Rhythm and Autism

by Martin Ivanov
They have a sensitivity to sound and poor social interaction skills.I feel the most important thing in working with autistic kids is to meet them where they are. In their world, they are totally alone.

— Barry Bernstein
Over recent years I have presented the use of therapeutic drumming for autism in many towns in […]

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