Archive for Health & Wellness

A Great Song for Passing Games

This Spanish song makes a wonderful accompaniment for any passing game. Use egg shakers (as we do in the video) or anything you like. This was first introduced to me by Sofia Lopez-Ibor during a Level I Orff-Schulwerk course. Need the words? Find them by searching for “Endunda si gualaguasi pembe.” Enjoy! Need more like […]

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Therapeutic Music Making

What is Therapeutic Music? Therapeutic music is any music or sound form that is used purposefully and skillfully to create a desired change in a person’s physical, emotional, or cognitive state. In short, it is music that helps people create positive change. What is Therapeutic Music Making? Therapeutic music making is the act of creating […]

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Drumming with Persons with Special Needs

There’s been a lot of talk about the health benefits of drumming. From studies in group drumming as a social tool to the science of brain rhythms, drumming has caught the eye of many who work in (or want to work in) health care settings. This article looks at some of the current trends and […]

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Drum Circle Facilitation

Drum circles are accessible, entry-level learning opportunities for just about anyone who enjoys making music with others. The whole idea behind a drum circle is that it’s open to anyone who wishes to participate. Because the music in a drum circle is improvised, people have freedom to play as much or as little as they […]

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Community and Health

Most of us love to participate in community events. They give us a chance to share something we’re passionate about, help us understand each other, celebrate our similarities and differences, and help us feel connected to each other. Community music making has a long tradition in visually all cultures. Throughout history, music has been, and […]

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Health Drumming

Creating community music experiences to promote health and wellness is a shared goal across a range of professions, from music therapists to recreational music makers. ‘Health drumming” or music making for wellness is something that everyone can enjoy, regardless of age, gender, and abilities. About ten years ago, a group of doctors consulted with a […]

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The Healing Drum, Part 2

…Continued from Part 1 You might be surprised at the shear amount of information that is floating around on the internet and in books about the healing powers of drumming. Most of it comes from anecdotal evidence, people’s first- or second-hand stories about ‘drumming’ and ‘healing.’ I’m by no means implying that people don’t have […]

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The Healing Drum, Part 1

You’ve probably been hearing and reading a lot about the healing effects of drumming, especially on-line. That’s likely because more and more people are turning towards drumming as a way to release stress, make personal connections, and do something that’s just plain fun. Another reason you hear more about it is because more people are […]

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The Native American Flute

Listen to a recording of the flute. Audio Sample of Native American-Style Flute Play What is a Native American Flute? The Native American Flute is one of the instruments that is original and unique to some Native American tribes. It is traditionally made from wood (cedar, walnut, and most hardwoods). It features five or six […]

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Rhythm Walking for Life

People all around the world take morning walks as a means to staying fit and starting the day with energy and motion. Walking is said to be one of the best forms of exercise there is. It’s low-impact, requires almost no equipment, is accessible to almost everyone, gets us out of our homes and out […]

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