Our Rhythm Solutions not only provide a powerful experiential learning format, but they are also grounded in solid research that demonstrates the significant value of rhythm-based experiences from a human resource, educational, and wellness perspectives.
Learning in Rhythm Research . . .
Stanford University Symposium Looks at Therapeutic Benefits of Musical Rhythm
“Rhythmic music may change brain function and treat a range of neurological conditions, including attention deficit disorder and depression, suggested scientists who gathered with ethnomusicologists and musicians at Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics.” Read more . . .
Six practical reasons arts education is more than a luxury By Daniel Willingham
“Johns Hopkins University and the Dana Foundation hosted a conference titled “Neuroeducation: Learning, Arts and the Brain.” Read more . . .
How Music Can Dramatically Effect Your Child’s Development and Life-Time Success By The Foundation for Music Literacy
“Young children with developed rhythm skills performed better academically in early years. Findings of a recent study showed that there was a significance difference in the academic achievement of levels of students classified according to rhythmic competency.”
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Studies Show Playing Percussion Instruments Improves IQ Scores of Children Percussion Marketing Council
“Improved IQ scores can now officially be added to the ever-growing list of benefits from playing drums. A recent study shows that playing the drums or other percussion instruments actually improves IQ scores of children. While previous studies have hinted that musical training improves a child’s literacy and math skills, this is the first time that a study has shown that one’s intelligence level can be improved by drumming.”
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Research Briefs: Did You Know? by American Music Conference
“High school music students score higher on SATs in both verbal and math than their peers. In 2001, SAT takers with coursework/experience in music performance scored 57 points higher on the verbal portion of the test and 41 points higher on the math portion than students with no coursework/experience in the arts.” Read more . . .
Working in Rhythm Research . . .
CNN Headline News Interview with Dr. Barry Bittman
Dr. Bittman’s recent research demonstrated substantial reductions in burnout and mood disturbances in long-term care workers, as well as significant cost savings using a Recreational Music-making protocol. Read more . . .
Drum Sessions Protect Employees from Burnout, by Alison McCook
“NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Participating in drumming sessions may help people defend themselves from the stress and burnout that can cause them to leave their jobs, according to the findings of a new study.” Read more . . .
Drumming up a happier workplace, BBC News
“Drumming sessions at work could help employees defend themselves from stress and lower staff turnover, according to a new study from America.” Read more . . .
Living in Rhythm . . .
Recreational Music Making & the Human Body
Interactively learn the impact that recreational music making has on the human body, including: the nervous system, the circulatory system, the endocrine system, and the immune system. Read more . . .
10 Reasons Play Can Make You Healthy, Happy, and More Productive By Nancy Shute
“Play is not trivial; it’s a basic biological drive as critical to our health as sleep or food. That’s the word from Stuart Brown, author of the new book Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul.” Read More . . .
Beat, Bang, and Bongo Away Stress Babaloo! Feel the healing beat! By Alisa Bauman
“When managers at Wesbury United Methodist Retirement Community in Meadville, PA, asked 112 of their employees to take a recreational drumming and music-making class under the guise of employee enrichment, participants grumbled. Yet 6 weeks later, workers reported feeling more energetic and less depressed and angry. (The “class” was really a study.)” Read more . . .
Should Drums be Sold in Pharmacies? by Christine Stevens
“. . . a product that has been shown to contribute to a healthy lifestyle and even boost the immune system is missing from modern-day drugstores. That product is the drum.”
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Deep Within: Drumming as a Healing Strategy By Barry Bittman, MD
“From the very first time I participated in a drum circle, I recognized something profoundly moving about the experience.” Read more . . .