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“From the first time I participated in a drum circle, I recognized something profoundly moving about the experience,” says Dr. Barry Bittman, a neurologist and CEO and medical director of the MindBody Wellness Center in Meadville, PA.

Drumming is one of those rare physical activities that can have both profound and subtle effects on the entire person.  Bittman’s research is demonstrating the benefits of recreational music-making on the drum, including:  


  • Improved aerobic and cardiovascular system

  • Strengthen immune system

  • Improved mood and reduced burnout of workers under stress

  • Reversed ravages of stress at the cellular level

  • Reduced anxiety, depression and feeling of loneliness.  

Click on the photo to hear Dina explain the benefits of DRUMBA.


Other studies have demonstrated the calming, focusing, and healing effects of drumming on Alzheimer’s patients, autistic children, emotionally disturbed teens, recovering addicts and trauma patients.    

Also, study results demonstrate that drumming is a valuable therapeutic treatment for the following conditions:


  • Drumming induces deep relaxation which helps reduce stress, fatigue, anxiety and hypertension

  • Drumming promotes the production of endorphins and endogenous opiates, which help in the control of chronic pain and arthritis

  • Drumming accesses the entire brain, “Rhythmic cues can help retrain the brain after a stroke or other neurological impairment, as with Parkinson’s patients…” according to Michael Thaut, director of Colorado State University’s Center for Biomedical Research in Music.   


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Bfit University Group Exercise Instructor Training Manual  

Bittman, M.D., Barry Karl T. Bruhn, Christine Stevens MSW, MT-BC, James Westengard, Paul O Umbach, MA, “Recreational Music-Making, A Cost-Effective Group Interdisciplinary Strategy for Reducing Burnout and Improving Mood States in LongTerm Care Workers.”

Advances in Mind-Body Medicine, Fall/Winter 2003, Vol. 19 No. ¾. Buch, Linda. 2013.

The Biological Benefits of Drumming, Try Drumming for Better Health  Drake, Michael. 2015.

Drum Therapy, Therapeutic Effects of Drumming 3.htm (2005) 

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