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Oct29

Hand Drumming for Care

by Bev Foster

What’s in a drum? The therapeutic power of rhythm!  It’s the strongest musical element related to health and wellness. Our bodies are rhythmic in nature i.e. brain waves, heart beats, menstrual cycles, circadian rhythms, and sound waves. The motor system of our brains is primed with rhythm.

That’s why participation in rhythm-focused musical activities has effects like reducing stress and anxiety, distracting from pain, and boosting the immune system.

What’s in a drum? The power of community!  Drumming together provides feelings of social connection through repetition and non-verbal communication. Engaging in a drum circle, offers interpersonal support and resonance, as well as self-expression.

Hand drumming is an accessible, experiential way to engage in both self and group care.

What’s in the Hand Drumming for Care course? Master drumming teacher Kathy Armstrong leads you through basic skills and techniques to enable enjoyment of hands-on rhythm for care. By the end of the 8 modules, students will be able to:

  • Identify and demonstrate good hand drum technique
  • Communicate and demonstrate techniques of hand drumming to others
  • Communicate ideas about rhythm effectively
  • Share basic knowledge about a drumming tradition confidently
  • Create shared opportunities for others to engage in drumming
  • Reflect and act on difference, levels of experience and ability with regards to group drumming facilitation

Hand Drumming for Care is available now at Room 217’s Virtual Learning Studio and is designed for family, volunteer and professional caregivers.

 

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