Why Drumming & Music-Making
Why are more and more people, businesses and organisations turning to music as a way of reducing stress and absenteeism and improving productivity? What is it about group drumming and music-making in particular that leaves people exhilarated, refreshed, renewed, excited?
Creativity and Communication
The value of music-making with rhythm, harmony and melody as a transformative and healing tool has been widely endorsed by health professionals. Group music-making is profoundly creative! Music is the language of emotion; it encourages self-expression and non-verbal communication that transcends boundaries of language, gender and culture.
Mindfulness and Emotional Well-being
For centuries the drum has been used in cultures for healing, inducing Alpha and Theta states of mind. Drum circles are a great way to get out of your head and in-the-moment. Group music-making can bring focus and quiet the “Monkey Mind.” The value of drum circles as a transformative and healing creative activity is well researched from world-wide health professionals in reducing stress and anxiety from past experiences.
Meditation and Relaxation
Research shows that drumming at different tempos can influence our brain waves. Playing drums at 80 bpm (beats per minute) can increase our Alpha and Theta brain waves (7.5-4Hz) that are associated with deep relaxation where learning, meditation, concentration, memory and imagination occur.
Playing a musical instrument is a whole-brain workout – it’s great for our state of mind. It strengthens sensory pathways aiding in coordination, attention, agility and social skills – it’s a mind, body healing activity.
The drum circle is a great way to enhance teamwork and harmonious work relationships. Group music-making illustrates the principals of teamwork, respect, co-operation and valuing everyone’s roll in the music-making process. Music is a universal language everyone can participate and contribute. The very act of Team Drumming is about working together, going beyond differences and contributing to the overall success of the group, creating unity and positive group dynamics.