Drumming and health


Group drumming is a form of recreational music-making to people regardless of musical experience, the term recreational being derived from the word, "recreatio" meaning "restoration to health."


Less stress...

Music can mitigate stress. In one recent study, neurologist Barry Bittman of the Mind-Body Wellness Centre in Meadville, Pennsylvania gathered a group of 10 people and had them beat hand drums for an hour while a music "facilitator" conducted. Afterward, Bittman took blood samples. The drummers, he found, had heightened levels of immune cells called natural killer cells that seek out and destroy both cancer cells and cells infected by viruses. A control group that read in silence experienced no such upsurge.


Catch The Beat...

Research has found that group drummers were significantly more elated, less depressed, and talked about deeper issues during the shared activity. Drummers also reported feeling more energetic, composed and confident...

Catch The Beat - benefits of group drumming

Research findings...

New AIDS research shows a definite link between macrophage cell numbers and susceptibility to disease. This connection was reported late last June after numerous women prostitutes in Africa were found to have an immunity to the AIDS virus. Research shows that what distinguishes these women from those who are susceptible is an extraordinarily high number of killer cells. Though these women are repeatedly exposed to multiple strains of AIDS, they remain healthy because their killer cells neutralize the viruses before they can get a foothold in the body.


World drum lessons >>

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Many thanks
Graeme Hare B.Mus(hons)

World drumming

Percussion instruments of the world:


These are North African drums


Indian Tabla drums get their unique sound from the solid clay disc in the centre of the drum skin


The Bodhran hails from the British Isles and is common in Irish, Scottish and Folk music, and is played with a small beater