Published on 22/10/2012
Research has shown that drumming is effective as a form of music therapy, for both children and those with disabilities. One of the key reasons being children tend to approach drums with more curiosity and less fear than other musical instruments. As such, the benefits of a drumming program or percussion instruments can help with social, communication, academic, emotional, cognitive and even fine and gross motor impairments. And it’s fun!
There are many skills to be learned playing drums. Djembes create core strength and Congas require students to stand whilst playing. Drums help with gross and fine motor skills as well as hand eye coordination. The action of drumming itself, with hands, mallets or sticks and the physical demands for standing and holding drums, increases the ability of children to physically move and function on par with peers.
There are many other great percussion instruments for your children to explore sound and rhythm on such as; Tambourines, Claves, Lollipop Drums, Maracas and Castanets.
One of the greatest benefits of drumming and music is the emotional expression it allows. Drumming allows the player to interpret joy into upbeat rhythms...or anger into the heavy pounding of drums! This can be especially useful for students facing depression or emotional trauma and provides a healthy and effective means to process difficult emotional responses.
Drumming should be an essential part of the lives of children, helping to increase their ability to achieve academically as well as provide therapeutic benefits. From communication and emotional expression to fine tuning physical and motor skills, drumming gives children benefits that not only is fun for them but provides a system of coping and development that can last a lifetime!