The Klitsgras team of drummer has had a lot of success with this activity at schools. We usually work with the learners that are about to leave school and repairing for their last exams – primary- as well as high school.
The children at the end of the drumming session feel revitalized, focused and feel a sense of accomplishment and unity. This helps with the focus of exams coming up.
Here are some good reasons for anyone to do drumming …
Ten Reasons to Drum For Your Health
1. Drumming is for everyone
Drumming does not require advanced physical abilities or specialized talents. It does not require participants to read music or understand music theory. Drumming, even a simple pattern, offers benefits to a huge range of people. Drumming is a universal language. It transcends gender, race, age, and nationality. In fact, nearly every culture on earth has some form of drumming tradition.
Furthermore, group drumming and drum therapy is currently being used for people with brain injuries or impairment, physical injuries, arthritis, addictions, and more. Studies are finding numerous health benefits from drumming for people with these conditions.
2. Drumming reduces stress and boosts the immune system
Studies have shown that drumming lowers both blood pressure and stress hormones. The active component of drumming helps reduce stress in a number of ways. It’s fun, it’s physical, and it’s a great diversion from other stress-filled activities. What better way to vent than to hit something, in this case a drum? Which is a positive outlet instead stress coming out in another way.
Drumming is also meditative, inducing relaxed mental states that reduce anxiety and tension. Drumming combined with deep breathing and visualization techniques offers even more stress reduction benefits. “We know that stress takes a toll on the immune system,” says Ann Webster, PhD. “When you’re under stress, blood levels of stress hormones go up and your body is no longer able to make killer cells and other cells of the immune system in the amounts it normally would, and that can lead to disease progression. Reducing stress is very restorative. It gets the system back in balance.”
A recent medical research study indicates that drumming does boost the immune system. According to cancer expert Barry Bittman, MD, the study demonstrates that group drumming actually increases cancer killing cells, which help the body fight cancer and other viruses.
3. Drumming produces deeper self-awareness by inducing synchronous brain activity (Hemispheric Coordination) and promoting alpha waves
Studies of the human mind have found that the two sides of a human brain often work at different levels and at different rates. Drumming activates both sides of the brain and can help the mind achieve hemispheric coordination, a situation where both halves of the brain are active and brain waves are synchronized. This coordination can lead to integrative modes of consciousness, which may include greater insight or creativity.
Drumming also can increase alpha waves in the brain. The increased alpha activity can help drummers and others to calm their minds or even achieve a meditative state. Group drumming and its effect on alpha waves are now being used to help people with addictive personalities and people who are ‘hyper vigilant’.
4. Drumming helps to releases negative feelings and emotional trauma
Drum therapy has successfully been used with patients and others suffering from emotional traumas including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Drumming can help people express and address emotional issues. The physical stimulation of drumming also removes blockages and produces emotional release. Sound vibrations resonate through every cell in the body, stimulating the release of negative cellular memories. “Drumming emphasizes self-expression, teaches how to rebuild emotional health, and addresses issues of violence and conflict through expression and integration of emotions,” says Music Educator Ed Mikenas.
5. Drumming helps us to connect with self and others
Group drumming creates a sense of community and a powerful shared experience. It has been used as a successful team building experience to teach groups to work together, to listen to each other, and to achieve common goals. Group drumming discourages isolation and self-centeredness and promotes communication and involvement with the group. On a personal level, a drum circle also provides an opportunity to connect with one’s own spirit at a deeper level. People who are sick, addicted, or afflicted with other conditions are out of sync with themselves. By putting these people in sync with themselves and with healthy individuals it is possible for them to feel and enjoy a healthier state of being.
6. Drumming helps us connect to the natural rhythms all around us
Rhythm is all around us though we are often unaware of it. The sun, moon, and the seasons follow regular rhythms. Our bodies have natural rhythms, which are a part of us every day. Natural rhythms rule us, even on a cellular level. Recent scientific ‘string’ theories even suggest that on a subatomic level, the smallest particle of the universe, that which makes up all things, is nothing more than tiny vibrating ‘strings’ and that their vibration, or rhythm, is what makes things what they are. Under this theory, everything is rhythm, literally.
Drumming connects us to rhythm, puts us in touch with natural cycles, and makes us aware of rhythm all around us.
7. Drumming provides a path by which we may access a higher power
Drumming produces a sense of spirituality, connectedness and community, integrating body, mind and spirit. By allowing participants to achieve a more relaxed, meditative mental state, drumming allows people to enter states of higher consciousness. Drumming can coordinate the brain’s two hemispheres and synchronize the lower and frontal areas of the brain, which can lead to feelings of greater understanding and insight, which is often the basis for a person’s connection to a higher power.
8. Drumming grounds us in the present moment
Drumming is interactive. It’s about timing and coordination, both of which force participants to be in the present moment. This helps a person to be grounded in the present moment: When a person is firmly grounded in the present, stressful situations in the past are forgotten and worries of the future are minimized.
9. Drumming helps us to reach a state of self-realization
Drumming is a great form of self-expression. A drummer beats the drum and immediately receives feedback from the drum. This immediate feedback loop helps drummers achieve self-expression and self-realization. Drumming provides a method by which people can hear and be heard, a non-verbal language by which they can express themselves. The drummer is at once a useful part of the group and a unique individual.
10. Drumming is fun
Drumming releases endorphins in the human brain that cause feelings of happiness and euphoria. It’s a great reason to gather with other people, to share in a common experience, and to do something enjoyable. A participant in a drum circle is part of a whole that is much greater than the sum of its parts, and drumming is accessible to an extremely wide range of people. Drumming is fun and that’s the bottom line.
Feedback from a school we did interactive drumming with repeatedly every year.
Siobhan Schreuder 7 IK
“The drumming session was an amazing experience. I’ve always loved music and I attach a great deal of emotion to music and songs. The rhythms sounded so beautiful, one second we will all be pounding away and the next second we would stop and there would be a dead silence. My heart raced everytime i touched the drum and it stung like crazy but i wanted more! I have never felt a rush of emotion like that before.”
TamsynBauermeister 7 IK
My experience was very good,that morning before the session I was not in a good mood at all and after the session I felt way better! The whole feeling of everyone becoming one and truely feeling the music was amazing. Everytime we stopped at the count of 4 it felt like life just stopped! It was not only a new experience it was teamwork and appreciation for different cultures.
DanelleVolkwyn 7 CJ
This experience was life changing! We had an awesome time together as a group. I would have never thought that a group of 170 kids could be able to have the same rhythm and timing. We felt the music in our bodies,the whole hall vibrated-amazing! With every sudden stop it felt like my heart lifted to the sky. echoeing in the distance. It taught us how to listen and appreciate music-basic African rhythms. Thanks to Andries and Mrs Volkwyn for giving us the opportunity to experience something that we would probably NEVER experience again.
Jessica Craven 7 IK
The Drumming was an experience that i will never forget and something i will sadly never experience again. When i walked in I could feel the excitement building as I sat behind the drum. At first I was a bit lost, but then I took a deep breath and really concentrated. I had only one thing on my mind boom takataka boom. It felt like every mind and soul in that hall were “interconnected” and we were all completely at ease. I could feel the positive energy vibrating through the room and it was fabulous!! Thanks to Klitsgras and Mrs Volkwyn
KaylinPillay 7 GB
As we closed our eyes and visualize life,I could forget about exams and homework. There was a “balance” created that needed to be filled.
Lolo Mokhampanyane 7 GB
My experience playing with the drums made me so happy! I felt like a kid again and I wanted to tell somebdy special how happy I was! I went home and it was the best day of the whole year.