For those of you out there who believe drumming to be just about rhythm and noise, you are wrong! The art of drumming possesses a huge variety of benefits in all aspects of date to day life. Most of the skills and techniques learned with drumming can be applied to other situations.
The first obvious benefit to drumming is the physical aspect to it. Drumming is a physical activity, one that takes a lot of energy. The cardio muscles in drummers are much more developed than in non-drummers. For all the parents who have trouble getting their young ones to get some exercise, try sitting them on a drum kit. Not only will they get the exercise they need, they will also have fun!
For all the parents with kids who are hyperactive, are suffering with ADD or ADHD, or are just lacking in self-confidence, drumming may be the solution.
Drumming takes a lot of work, time, and energy that — when done right — is very rewarding. These kind of rewards can bee seen and heard very easily, so drummers are very self-motivated. When playing a beat, drummers use every part of their mind to make sure every part of them is playing on time. This helps to develop fundamental skills in channeling their mind, and focusing on one thing.
It will keep both your brain and your body active, increasing heart rate, blood flow and brain activity along with improving coordination and abstract thought processes, plus increasing social skills such as teamwork, self-esteem, and self-discipline.
The physical stimulation of drumming removes blockages and produces emotional releases: sound vibrations resonate through every cell in the body, stimulating the release of negative cellular memories. “Drumming emphasizes self-expression, teaches how to rebuild emotional health, and addresses issues of violence and conflict through expression and integration of emotions,” says music educator Ed Mikenas.
Whether you are young or old, playing the drums can be the most rewarding experience. Ed Mikenas adds, “Drumming heals the human energy field, so if your intention is for some healing while you drum, it will.”