Drumming at Damers
Why Drumming at Damers?
At Damers we believe the teaching of values and skills is paramount. These vital skills are inter-changeable and transferrable to support learning and develop mastery in all areas. Using drums is proven to impact on a child’s social, emotional, motor, and cognitive development.
As a totally inclusive school we are continually developing methods to enhance and enrich the learning of our children with more complex needs. Drum and percussion experiences can also help in the areas of motor strength and control, speech and communication, social skills, emotional expression, and cognition.
Drumming experiences also have a positive effect on social behaviours, self-expression, self-esteem, group cohesion and behavioural issues.
Drums and percussion instruments are progressively accessible, physical, sensory, portable, socially interactive, expressive, cultural, and offer a unique aesthetic experience. Studies have found that participating in drumming activities lead to significant social and emotional improvements for the pupils involved.
- Social Needs – Drumming often occurs as a collaborative, interactive process. 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.
- Fine and Gross Motor Skills Different playing techniques can be used to help work on different fine and gross motor skills.
- Emotional Needs Participating in a drumming activity can help a child feel safe enough to express his/her feelings.
- Cognitive Needs By participating in a drumming experience, children can be working on attention, impulse control, and decision-making skills.
Drumming has many positive benefits for children, including enhanced academic performance, social skills, mental and emotional health. Studies also show that drumming develops skills essential for the 21st century including critical thinking, creative problem solving, effective communication, teamwork and more. It teaches our children to be more tolerant and open and keeps them engaged.
Drumming circles allow children to keep time and learn to play along with beat which develops listening skills, teaches co-operation, increases children’s memory capacity and develops the skills of concentration and focus. In following along with the beat of the music and learning to keep tempo, children are exercising their brains and developing skills that without drumming they may not ever use.
Among some of the benefits drumming can help develop communication skills and encourages children to both talk and listen to each other, and it is a great way for children to explore their creativity, which leads to greater respect and understanding of themselves and others. It is also a great form of stress relief and contributes to expression of feelings, leading to mood elevation. Some long term benefits to drumming are hand to eye coordination, intelligence and self-confidence. By drumming and learning to do it well our children will develop a great sense of accomplishment and self-esteem.
Furthermore drumming provides healthy exercise as an interactive, engaging activity that easily replaces sedentary pursuits such as video games and television. Social disconnection brought about by our modern world of electronic and digital communication prevents communities from cohering; drumming has the very opposite effect, teaching children about group dynamics and personal connection.
A facilitated drum circle event brings music, children and adults together. Whether they are practiced musicians or it is their first time laying hands on an instrument, they are sure to have an amazing experience. The magic happens from there!