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  • Left Brain, Right Brain, Whole Brain – Rhythm & Hemispheric Synchronization

    Swimming.  Juggling.  Marching.  Ambidexterity.  Drumming.  What do all these activities and skills have in common?  They all utilize hemispheric synchronization, or both sides of the brain (left and right) working at the same time.  Most of us know that the left brain is reserved for more analytical skills, and the right brain for more creative skills, but did you know that bridging the gap between the two can offer a whole host of mental and physical benefits?

    From the Book of Good Practices:  “The two sides of the brain are connected by the corpus callosum, which transfers information back and forth between left and right hemispheres, allowing the brain to function as a whole unit.”

    What can hemispheric synchronization enhance?

    Various studies have been conducted to determine how hemispheric synchronization can have an effect on well-being.  Some have turned up results that include:

    • better sleep
    • more creativity
    • improved immunity
    • enhanced mental processing
    • reduced stress
    • less fatigue
    • potential reduction in addictive tendencies

    How can drumming facilitate left-right brain communication?

    Michael Drake notes that “the sound of drumming creates strong, repetitive neuronal firing in the auditory pathway that could block out other sensory stimuli.”  This repetition of sound can help to block out the left brain’s tendencies to continually process and evaluate environmental stimuli; in other words, it helps put you in a state of ‘in-the-moment being’ that allows you to momentarily dismiss your worries, concerns, stresses, and other busy thoughts.

    Drum circle facilitator Judy Atkinson leads a group in a rhythmic exercise which requires the participants to continually change their dominant hand from left to right in a rhythmic pattern in threes.  This challenges participants to shift away from their comfort zone of playing patterns with their dominant hand, which offers mental benefits and gives the brain a workout!

    This is especially the case when drumming with both hands, or with two drumsticks.  The continual left-right repetition of patterns helps strengthen the corpus callosum, the neural pathway between the left and right brains.

    Want to strengthen hemispheric integration?

    Drumming is a great way to do it!  You can also check out these activities that work with balance and bi-lateral movement.  The upshot is that you could experience improved mental and physical dexterity, which can improve your quality of life in the long term.  Pick up a drum today!

     

  • Community Drum Circle at Greenscape of Jacksonville’s Tree Festival

    What better way to close out the first annual Tree Festival in Metropolitan Park of downtown Jacksonville than a big drum circle?  Festival attendees received free trees to plant while learning about the importance of trees in city planning, home value, and decreasing their utility bills.

    We provided a community drum circle to end the festival on a high note.  Both children and adults had a blast honing their playing skills while learning how drumming can encourage team-building and enhance overall wellness.  Participants had the chance to lead the group in the “wave” (drumming-style) as well as volume cues.  We ended the drum circle by playing a game that illustrates how when each person contributes just one beat to a rhythm, we can make magical music together!

    We love helping you bring awareness to your festival or event through rhythm!  If you’ve got a community or private event coming up that you’d like to add a little rhythm to, contact us!

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  • Jacksonville: A Team-Building Event for The Girls Inc. Mentoring Program

    We had the pleasure of drumming with some very inspiring girls and women at Girls Inc. of Jacksonville’s Mentor/Mentee Kickoff Party on February 17th!

    Mentors, mentees, and parents had the opportunity to meet, mingle and drum, with the goal of breaking the ice (and drumming up excitement, pun intended!) for their mentoring program.

    During the drumming portion of the evening, participants got to:
    • Learn to make up their own rhythms on a variety of drums and percussion
    • Lead the group with volume, start/stop, and grouping cues
    • Support one another both musically and emotionally
    • Get over those ‘first-day jitters’ and release stress
    • Have lots of fun and be a little playful!

    Drum circles are a wonderful way to kick off an event, especially for a program that brings people together from a variety of backgrounds.  After the drum circle, participants had the opportunity to share how they were feeling. Many reported they were feeling more relaxed, less stressed, more connected, and more excited for the mentoring program to start.  The group was able to achieve a sense of unity at the end of the evening that pumped them up and allowed everyone to feel supported.

    Check out the photos below, and contact us if you want to find out how your group can benefit from a team-building drum circle!

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