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Drumming with Children

Music and the Brain: The Benefits of Music

A 2016 study at the University of Southern California’s Brain and Creativity Institute found that interactive musical experiences in childhood can actually accelerate brain development, particularly in the areas of language acquisition and reading skills.​

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Programs for Children of All Ages


Drumming builds community, it provides a sense of belonging, it teaches children to work as a team, and it promotes verbal and non-verbal communication with others. Music gives children the opportunity to freely express emotions non-verbally. Drumming in a group is a healthy way to process emotions that otherwise could result in negative behavior. Children can transform their joy, excitement, sadness, or anger into creating rhythm, by changing the focus and intensity of the rhythms they play.


The process of creating music through drums and percussion instruments involves a lot of concentration. Children listen, repeat and respond.

Group drumming stimulates both the right and left sides of the brain, producing increased results in standardized test scores and betters the understanding of language, math, and science.


When children learn or create a rhythm, they have the chance to practice their leadership skills, by directing the group to play the particular rhythm and instructing them to get louder and softer or to play faster or slower. This is a wonderful opportunity for the entire group, alternating between the roles of leader and follower.



Meeting the Needs of Children: 

Our programs are designed to use music, motion, and rhythm to deliver a positive impact on children. There is a growing body of research that shows the positive impact of group therapeutic drumming. Especially for children, drumming can be a powerful tool to help them address:


  • Social Needs. Group drumming is a collaborative, interactive process. When group drumming programs are delivered by an experienced and trained facilitator, participating in drumming experiences can help a child work on skills such as turn-taking and sharing, as well as help them feel they are part of a group contributing towards a group process.

  • Communication Needs. Playing a drum or percussion instrument can be a useful way to communicate nonverbally and to “listen” to another person’s nonverbal communication.

  • Emotional Needs. Participating in a drumming activity can help a child feel safe enough to express his/her feelings. Additionally, there’s nothing much better for releasing anger or frustration than banging on a drum.

  • Cognitive Needs. By participating in a drumming experience, children can be working on attention, impulse control, and decision-making skills.



No prior musical experience necessary!!! All levels of music skills are welcome. If you have a heartbeat, you have rhythm! 


Programs available at our location or yours. Drums and hand percussion will be provided by Positive RePercussions. No outside instruments, please. 

Rhythm & Me™ | Kids RhythmJAM!™ | Social Skills | Anti-Bullying | Special Needs

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