Drumming helps school children diagnosed with autism


Preliminary results showed:

  • A vast improvement in movement control while playing the drums, including dexterity,rhythm,timing.
  • Movement control was also enhanced while performing daily tasks  outside the school environment, including an improved ability to  concentrate during homework.
  • A range of positive changes in behavior within school environment,which were observed and reported by teachers, such as improved  concentration and enhanced communication with peers and adults.

There are many brain disorders, including Autism and ADHD, linked to a  mistiming of brain function and inter-connectivity. Many music educators  would be able to articulate stories about autistic students or students  with ADHD who have been drawn to and indeed thrived once they are  involved in music learning. Now researchers are trying to piece together  why this might be so.

Univ.of Chichester Study

Researching Rhythm


Drumming Up Wellness!

Healing for Veterans

There are three evidence-based benefits of group drumming that apply to treating veterans.


Impact on the Immune System Study

Drumming is a complex composite intervention with the potential to  modulate specific neuroendocrine and neuroimmune parameters in a  direction opposite to that expected with the classic stress response. 


Drumming and Parkinson's Disease

"I once worked with a young person with Parkinson's disease who had  trouble initiating movement. I explored different rhythm patterns with  him. We then made a cassette of different kinds of African drumming that  he seemed to find very stimulating and helped him get moving.


Reducing Student Drop-out Rate

Hypothesis: a cost-effective Mind-Body Wellness Exercise-based  HealthRHYTHMS Recreational Music-Making protocol reduces burnout and  improves mood states in First Year Associate Degree Nursing Students.


Complementary therapy for addiction: "drumming out drugs".

Drumming circles have applications as complementary addiction therapy,  particularly for repeated relapse and when other counseling modalities  have failed. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12660212

Just What the Doctor Ordered

By: Dr. Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Drumming is a great workout for your brain and actually can make you smarter because when you drum you access your entire brain. Research shows that the physical transmission of rhythmic energy to the brain actually synchronizes the left and right hemispheres. So, when the logical left hemisphere and the intuitive right hemisphere of your brain begin to pulsate together, your inner guidance system – or intuition – becomes stronger. Drumming can have positive effects on your health and may help with many conditions from stress, fatigue, and anxiety, to hypertension, asthma, chronic pain, arthritis, mental illness, addiction, and even cancer.

Bernie S. Siegel, MD, Author of Love, Medicine and Miracles and Prescriptions For Living. “Every group drumming experience I’ve participated in with EcaP (Exceptional Cancer Patients) brings to the surface remarkably deep heartfelt, healing emotions that are difficult to express with words alone." 

Barry Bittman, MD, CEO, Mind-Body Wellness Center "Group drumming from a HealthRHYTHMS perspective is transcendent ... it empowers people to more effectively express themselves, while enabling them to move beyond their perceived limitations and put back into their lives what is missing." 

Jeffrey Ritterman, MD, Kaiser Permanente  "Many of our patients are socially isolated and the drumming sessions help them feel connected with each other.  In a short period of time they develop a mutually supportive, caring, healing community.  I would recommend the HealthRHYTHMS protocol to health care providers working with patients in a variety of settings.  One of the key challenges facing health care providers today is to help create a truly health promoting environment.  Group drumming sessions using the HealthRHYTHMS protocol can help this process tremendously."

Can Drumming Protect the Aging Brain?

Our brain shrinks with age, leaving you with impaired memory and at risk for dementia. Here's how drumming can help solve the problem.

Does Drumming Help Depression?

Group Drumming lowered anxiety and depression.

What Are The Health Benefits of Drumming?

Counteracts stress, boost energy, and improves brain health.

Neuroscience of Drumming| Can You Meditate While Drumming?

Can You Meditate While Drumming? Yes, Here's Why.

Can Drumming Help Today's Youth?

The evidence-based health benefits of drumming for children and teens.

What Does a Drummer’s Brain Look Like

There are trillions of connections happening in the universe in our head.

How playing an instrument benefits your brain

Playing a musical instrument engages practically every area of the brain