Benefits of Drumming

A great deal of research has been undertaken into the effects of ensemble drumming.

According to Karl Bruhn, Father of the Music-Making and Wellness Movement,

‘without the obstacle of a challenging learning curve, group drumming is an enjoyable, accessible and fulfilling activity from the start for young and old alike. From exercise, nurturing and social support, to intellectual stimulation, spirituality and stress reduction, group drumming stimulates creative expression that unites our minds, bodies and spirits!’



Some more of the medical and sociological benefits of group drumming are summarised below

 – aural perception, which in turn supports the development of language and literacy skills;

 – enhanced verbal and visual memory skills;

 – spatial reasoning which contributes to some elements of mathematics and constitutes part of measured intelligence;

 – executive functioning which is implicated in intelligence and academic learning more generally;

 – self-regulation which is implicated in all forms of learning requiring extensive practice;

 – creativity, particularly where the musical activities are themselves creative;

 – academic attainment.

From ‘The Power of Music – a research synthesis of the impact of actively making music on the intellectual, social and personal development of children and young people’ by Professor Susan Hallam, 2015.


‘..a specific group drumming approach significantly increased the disease fighting activity of circulating white blood cells (Natural Killer cells) that seek out and destroy cancer cells and virally-infected cells.’

From the work of Neurologist Barry Bittman, M.D. as described at


Drumming is an accessible exercise which burns calories and improves mood and may reduce the risk of disease. A Norwegian study of 25,000 women age 20-54 that performed leisure time exercises at least 4 hours/week experienced a 37% reduction in the risk of breast cancer. (Thune, Brenn, Lund, Gaard, 1997)

by Christine Stevens, MSW, MT-BC, MA


Tests on Clem Burke, the veteran Blondie drummer, revealed that 90 minutes of drumming could raise his heart rate to 190 beats a minute. Despite rock’s reputation for unhealthy living, Dr Marcus Smith, from Chichester University, said drummers needed “extraordinary stamina”. An hour in concert could burn between 400 and 600 calories.