Drum Camp 2006032In 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 are encouraging, additional studies are needed in order to form conclusive connections between group drumming and its potential for improving the conditions of mental health clients.

The drumming sessions included drumming instruction and basic rhythms, eventually leading to a culmination performance. Participants also improvised music and engaged in referential music making, creating music to emulate the sounds of water, the study states. Participants in the experimental group self-selected to be part of that group, while others in the control group did not participate in musical activities. Benefits lasted for at least three months after the study was completed, making the results even more compelling with regard to the use of therapeutic drumming as a possible healthcare intervention for certain populations.

See the entire study here: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0151136