The Therapeutic Power of Drumming
by Christine K. Stevens, MSW, M.A., MT-BC
Group drumming is a powerful music-making experience that is used as a therapeutic
intervention for achieving health-oriented, non-musical goals. In a drum circle,
participants experience both the creation of group rhythms and a sense of community.
This outline presents a summary of a paper detailing the theoretical underpinnings
of drumming as an effective therapy.
|Mechanism for Change|
|Drumming is accessible.||Drumming provides successful and inclusive experiences.|
|Drumming is aesthetic.||Drumming involves the interactive creation of beauty.|
|Drumming is expressive.||Drumming is a nonverbal mechanism for affective modulation.|
|Drumming is physical.||Drumming requires psychomotor coordination.|
|Drumming is powerful.||Drumming connects us to primal archetypes.|
|Drumming is communicative.||Drumming allows for the purposeful transfer of ideas.|
|Drumming is metasocial.||Drumming
|Drumming is cognitive.||Drumming requires perception, attention, and memory.|
Stevens, C.K., & Burt, J. W. Drum circles: Theory and application in the mental health treatment continuum.