Children and Drumming
Drumming has many positive benefits for children, including enhanced academic performance, social skills, mental and emotional health.
The hands-on interaction the children get with drums and percussion instruments is something they’ll never forget and it can only broaden their awareness of other cultures in the world.
Studies have shown that drumming:
- Improves your child’s overall scholastic performance.
- Shows that children actively engaged in an arts education are likely to have higher academic test scores.
- Develops skills needed by the 21st century workforce: critical thinking, creative problem solving, effective communication, teamwork and more.
- Teaches children to be more tolerant and open.
- Allow your child to express themselves creatively and bolster their self-confidence.
- Keep students engaged in school and less likely to drop out.
Keeping time and learning to play along with beat develops listening skills, teaches co-operation and demonstrates how the individual self is a separate and valuable component within the synergy of a group.
Each voice is unique and special, as is each child; rhythm circles allow a fun, safe place to experience separateness within a harmonious larger community context.
Learning the music will also increase your child’s memory capacity.
Drumming is a remarkable tool used to place oneself in the here and now, and this can be enormously beneficial for a great number of children.
Shown mostly in children, drumming develops the skill of focus. In following along with the beat of the music and learning to keep tempo, children are exercising their brains and developing skills that without drumming they may not ever use.
Playing music utilizes every part of the brain in both hemispheres. When playing along with the music, children are using each part of their brain to ensure that the beat they are producing coincides with the beat they are hearing. The articles Childhood Music and Arts Education are excellent resources for further information.
Drumming increases concentration and focus, it helps develop communication skills and encourages children to both talk and listen to each other, and it is a great way for children to explore their creativity, which leads to greater respect and understanding of themselves and others.
Just a few of the emotional benefits of producing music:
Among some of the many benefits of playing the drums is that experts find that there are many positive effects children can gain from drumming in a rhythm circle.
Drumming is a great form of stress relief. It also contributes to expression of feelings, leading to mood elevation.
Some long term benefits to drumming are hand to eye coordination, intelligence and self-confidence.
If your child drums and learns to do it well he or she will have a great sense of accomplishment, bolstering their self-esteem.
Drumming provides healthy exercise as an interactive, engaging activity that easily replaces sedentary pursuits such as video games and television. Social disconnection brought about by our modern world of electronic and digital communication prevents communities from cohering; drumming has the very opposite effect, teaching children about group dynamics and personal connection.
Drummers find that they are more in tune to things around them and find pleasure in things that they can hear and appreciate.
Being able to make their own music can do nothing less than teach children to be self-aware, confident and mature.
Music is a natural wonderful part of life and any interest a child shows in it should be encouraged. Babies Born to Dance and Inner City provide excellent reading material regarding the innate musicality within children and music’s powerful healing effect on the lives of troubled teens.
A Drumatic Innovation facilitated drum circle event brings music and children together. Whether they are practiced musicians or it is their first time laying hands on an instrument, they are sure to have an amazing experience in their Drumatic Innovation music workshop. We provide the hand drums and percussion instruments such as shakers, triangles, woodblocks, and bells. The magic happens from there!
Drumatic Innovation is currently conducting drum circles, rhythm events and drum classes throughout the Inland Northwest from Sandpoint to Spokane. Drumatic Innovation is based in Sandpoint, Idaho.
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