Evidence To Support Claims for Drumming

Composite effects of group drumming music therapy on modulation of neuroendocrine-immune parameters in normal subjects.

Bittman, Barry B; Berk, Lee S; Felten, David L; Westengard, James; et al.

Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine; Aliso Viejo Vol. 7, Iss. 1,  (Jan 2001): 38-47.

To determine the role of group-drumming music therapy as a composite activity with potential for alteration of stress-related hormones and enhancement of specific immunologic measures associated with natural killer cell activity and cell-mediated immunity.


Promoting well-being through group drumming with mental health service users and their carers.

Sara Ascenso, Rosie Perkins, Louise Atkins, Daisy Fancourt and Aaron Williamon.

Int J Qual Stud Health Well-being. 2018; 13(1): 1484219.  PMCID: PMC6041820

Music has been linked with well-being across clinical and community settings. Yet, research has focused on assessment of single dimensions of well-being and on the typical receiver of support services. Acknowledging the burden that a caring role encompasses and integrating recent proposals for a multifaceted definition of well-being, we explore the extent to which group drumming interventions translate into multidimensional well-being change for both mental health service users and carers.


Effects of Group Drumming Interventions on Anxiety, Depression, Social Resilience and Inflammatory Immune Response among Mental Health Service Users.

Daisy Fancourt, Rosie Perkins, Sara Ascenso, Livia A. Carvalho, Andrew Steptoe, Aaron Williamon 

Published: March 14, 2016 @ https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0151136

This study was an exploratory examination of whether 10 weeks of group drumming could improve depression, anxiety and social resilience among service users compared with a non-music control group.  Significant improvements were found in the drumming group but not the control group: by week 6 there were decreases in depression and increases in social resilience, and by week 10 these had further improved; social resilience: alongside significant improvements in anxiety and mental well-being.


The Impact of Group Drumming on Social-Emotional Behavior in Low-Income Children

Daisy Fancourt, Rosie Perkins, Sara Ascenso, Livia A. Carvalho, Andrew Steptoe, Aaron Williamon 

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Volume 2011, Article ID 250708, 14 pages.

Participation in group drumming led to significant improvements in multiple domains of social-emotional behavior.  This sustainable intervention can foster positive youth development and increase student-counselor interaction.  These findings underscore the potential value of the arts as a therapeutic tool.


To the beat of a different drum – improving the social and mental wellbeing of at-risk young people through drumming

Lisa Wood, Penny Ivery, Robert Donovan and Este´e Lambin.

JOURNAL OF PUBLIC MENTAL HEALTH VOL. 12 NO. 2 2013, pp. 70-79, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, ISSN 1746-5729

Positive changes were observed on several measures, including a 10 per cent increase in self-esteem scores by program completion.  School data showed a decrease in reported behaviour incidents for 29 per cent of participants.  Overall, the evaluation indicated that the DRUMBEAT program provides a creative medium for working with at-risk young people and helps develop self-esteem and social relationship skills.


10 Health Reasons to Start Drumming


The Health Benefits of Beating Your Own Drum by Dr Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Christiane Northrup, M.D., is a visionary pioneer and a leading authority in the field of women’s health and wellness.  Recognizing the unity of body, mind, and spirit, she empowers women to trust their inner wisdom, their connection with Source, and their ability to truly flourish.


The Health Benefits of Drumming: Less Stress, Lower Blood Pressure, Pain Relief, and Altered States of Consciousness


“Research strongly suggests that not only is most everyone able to pick up a drum and get into a groove, but also that most everyone who does so will be happier, healthier, and more peaceful and tuned-in.”


What Can Drumming Do For Your Health?

Scientists are looking deeper into the health benefits of drumming and uncovering fascinating evidence of how the practice affects our health.


Pamela Lynn-Seraphine M.S., CPT is a percussionist, educator and pioneering expert on the neuroscience of drumming for brain performance and health. She uses her website, www.NeuroDrumming.com as a digital soapbox to promote rhythmic brain training for healthy aging.


The Uses and Benefits of Music Therapy

Sound healing therapy uses aspects of music to improve physical and emotional health and well-being.


Carissa Stephens, R.N., CCRN, CPN.

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