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The Biological Benefits of Drumming

The simple act of people drumming together is on the rise in schools, hospitals, nursing homes — sometimes led by certified drumming facilitators, other times spontaneously among people who just want to make music together. Full article:

When patients have ‘music emergencies’

(CNN) — Brian Jantz marched down the hallway of the hospital with his guitar, accompanying a 4-year-old oncology patient with a maraca and a drum. He remembers they were singing their own creative version of “Itsy Bitsy Spider. Full article:

Video: Reading & Rhythm

Check out this great video. “Percussionist Steven Angel has developed an innovative program that uses rhythm to help struggling students improve their reading fluency and comprehension. Deceptively simple — a facilitator taps out a basic rhythm while students read aloud — the method relaxes students, helps them focus, and is effective in after-school intervention programs […]

BBC: Moving to the rhythm ‘can help language skills’


From BBC Moving in time to a steady beat is closely linked to better language skills, a study suggests. People who performed better on rhythmic tests also showed enhanced neural responses to speech sounds. The researchers suggest that practising music could improve other skills, particularly reading. In the Journal of Neuroscience, the authors argue that […]

ETW: CYCLE: The Turning Wheel of Time

From Easier Teamwork CYCLE: The Turning Wheel of Time We began this blog series with Pulse, the foundation of Rhythm — and Life.  But Pulse by itself — a repeating beat ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● without any variation — gets boring pretty quick. Pulse alone implies a steady state, a constancy.  […]

ETW: PULSE: The Foundation

From Easier Teamwork PULSE:  The Foundation What was the first sound you ever heard?  If you guessed your mother’s heartbeat, you’re right. We came into this world on a lifeline of Pulse, and it has been there for us ever since. Yet in our complicated daily lives, juggling work demands, family needs, and personal aspirations, […]

Drumming and your ears – Tinnitus


Tinnitus is a physical condition, experienced as noises or ringing in the ears or head when no such external physical noise is present. I am coming across more and more drummers with this problem. Getting a set of professional quality ear plugs was one of the best investments I’ve made as a drummer. PLEASE, take […]

Drum Immunity


Great news – Drumming improves your immunity! If you want to improve your overall health guys the answer is simple and the research backs it up… MORE MUSIC!