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  • So you want to buy a drum – 3 simple tips

    A drum in every home

    People often ask me what kind of drum to buy after a really great workshop or session (or, they ask me if all those drums are mine, and how do I fit them in my car!).

    Babatunde Olatunji, a Nigerian drummer and educator who was responsible for introducing many people in the western world to the joy of drumming, once said in the future there would be a drum in every home.

    We’re not quite there yet – but we’re getting there.

    As music becomes easier and easier to listen to in the digital world, I think it becomes more and more important to ensure people still want to actually play instruments.  But, our culture tends to place more importance on perfecting technique on an instrument, over simply enjoying it.  That’s where drums come in.  Here are 3 simple reasons why you should buy a drum!

    Drums are so easy to buy

    No longer do you need to find a specialty music store in your area.  While you can certainly do that, chances are they won’t have a wide selection of drums that aren’t drum kits.   Three of my go-to websites for drum-buying are Amazon, West Music, and X8 Drums.

    I just recently had the honor of becoming a Remo Endorsed Drum Circle Facilitator.  Remo is a world-renowned percussion company that not only manufactures and sells top-quality products for professional and amateur drummers and facilitators, but also has its own evidence-based protocol (called HealthRHYTHMS®).  Over the years as a facilitator, I’ve had ample time to try out a variety of drums and hone my kit that I utilize for gigs.  Remo consistently makes dependable drums, and what’s more, many of them are versatile, lightweight, and practical.

    Some of my favorites for individual playing are:

    You don’t have to really know what you’re doing to enjoy it (although it helps!)

    While I believe strongly that drumming is an acquired skill just as any other instrument, and drummers work really hard at their craft, that doesn’t mean non-musicians can’t also have fun with drums.

    You can certainly find a recreational drum circle in your area, or a drum class for beginners, but you can also drum in your home.  Jim Donovan and Christine Stevens are two excellent and highly skilled facilitators and musicians who share simple how-to videos on their YouTube channels.  You can view videos on drumming from the heart, creating your own rhythms, and culture-specific rhythms and techniques.

    You’ll experience deep, in-the-moment mindfulness

    Drumming requires us to utilize both sides of our brains, much like swimming.  Because of that, we experience periods of deep relaxation while also feeling energized.  We clear our heads temporarily of the clutter that fills our day and causes stress.  And we learn to listen carefully, breathe deeply, and just be.

    So, dive in and get started!  Buy a drum, find a class, or simply venture online and find some inspiration.  Or, if you’d like to bring rhythm to your organization, give us a call today!

  • Corporate wellness programs – better health equals better bottom line

    Companies are turning to corporate wellness programs to improve their employees’ health as well as their own bottom line.  It’s a win-win situation, and the cycle feeds itself – when employees are healthy and happy, their productivity goes up, which means reducing turnover costs for the company, and potentially earning them more money.

    Corporate wellness research

    Edelman Intelligence did a meta-analysis of corporate studies in 2016.  As reported in Natural Awakenings’ January 2018 edition:  “corporate wellness programs are linked to a 25% reduction in absenteeism and sick leave, 25% reduction in health costs and 32% reduction in workers compensation and disability costs.”

    Some areas of focus in the study included:

    • mental and physical benefits of meditation
    • “digital detox” from everyday technologies, including a “Be Unplugged” optional program at the Quincy Hotel in Washington, D.C.
    • adult play and re-discovering your inner child
    • the concept of food as medicine
    • being well where you are, including things like hotel yoga classes and airport farmer’s markets

    You can read more about it here.

    Drumming to unplug and discover your inner child

    Corporate drum circles and rhythm-based events are now not only for team-building, but also encouraging personal wellness.  Drumming is a natural way to get people to unplug, because you can’t hold your phone while playing a drum (and you most certainly can’t talk on a phone over the joyful noise of the drumming).  Also, drumming provides such a mental workout that your brain naturally puts aside those anxious or scattered thoughts and to-do lists, and focuses on the task at hand (pun intended).

     

    Additionally, drumming is a great way to bring out your inner child.  Forget “adult coloring books;” drumming fosters creativity, problem-solving, collaboration, and stress reduction all in a single session.  Research shows that weekly or regular group empowerment drumming sessions provide these benefits in the long-term.  One study conducted by Remo HealthRHYTHMS(R) even concluded that regular sessions boosted immunity by increasing natural killer (NK) cell activity (just as they sound – cells able to bind to certain virus-infected cells and kill them).

    How implement it

    Companies can implement drumming programs in a variety of ways, including:

    • weekly stress reduction drumming sessions after work
    • daily or weekly lunchtime programs
    • monthly workshops focused on certain topics – reducing stress, improving communication, finding more joy and intent in daily life
    • one-time or regular team-building sessions for certain departments
    • one-time or multi-session change management workshops during a challenging transition
    • a workshop at a conference other large event

    Let’s get started!

    Whatever way you feel is best for your company’s employees and culture, we’ll help you implement it with ease and purpose.  Contact us for a free 15-minute consultation!

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