People to people
Drumming is ancient and
worldwide. Drumming allows everyone a
part. These parts make up one
whole. No matter how simple or small the
part may seem, it is a crucial part of the whole multi-layered rhythm. People making something creative together
People to community
It is invigorating and healing
to be part of a community, with people around you. People who feel included and integral to
something bigger are healthy and whole. Drumming
makes this possible as people join in the spirit of celebration and ritual. Drumming takes concentration and the ability
to let go of anything which is not happening in the moment, thereby releasing
worries and tensions of daily life www.mind-body.org/rmm.html
Us to our past
From conception, we are aware of
rhythm through the heartbeat of our mothers.
This becomes the foundation for our lives and through rhythm we are
always ‘at home’; remembering our time in the womb. Every culture has its folk music, its rhythms
and its drums. Children born into these
traditions are connected viscerally to that music and, ultimately to the
ancestors who played it before them.
Us to ourselves and our souls
Humans are compelled to hit
drums. There is little finesse, blowing,
plucking, adjustment of reeds etc. Drumming is primal, and connects us to our
deeper, less ‘cerebral’ selves. They can be played by anyone. Babies drum.
Drums give an immediate
response. This enables people to express
themselves in any given moment; any emotion can be conveyed through
rhythm. When drumming, we are present – completely.
Us to the earth
Drums are earth
instruments. They are from trees and
animals, and their sound is made by the basic, instinctive movements of humans..
When we beat the drum, we beat it down into the earth, marking our roots into
the planet, as many have done before us.
Us to health
Many studies have shown that
people drumming together in groups has many positive effect: decreases
fatigue; increases productivity; decreases stress; increases vigor; reduces employee turnover; improves
mood and generally increases happy hormones for everyone. www.remo.com/portal/pages/hr/research/index.html