At African Activities CIC, we’ve long embraced the profound therapeutic benefits of drumming, witnessing its transformative effects on individuals of all ages. From children to adults and seniors, the healing power of drumming is remarkable.

Drumming for Children: Nurturing Resilience and Well-being

For children, the rhythmic vibrations of drumming serve as a gateway to self-expression and emotional release. Numerous studies have highlighted the positive impact of drumming on childhood development. According to a study published in PLOS ONE, rhythmic music interventions, such as drumming, have been shown to enhance cognitive and social-emotional development in children (Peretz et al., 2015).

At African Activities CIC, we’ve witnessed firsthand the joy and sense of accomplishment that children experience when engaging in drumming activities. Through structured drumming sessions, children not only develop rhythm and coordination but also learn valuable lessons in teamwork and communication. Our sessions provide children with a safe and creative outlet for self-expression. Post covid we saw first hand the power of the drum as a tool for communication to unify groups when words were simply too much or indeed not enough.

Drumming for Adults: Stress Reduction and Mindful Meditation

In today’s fast-paced world, adults are often faced with the pressures of work, family, and daily responsibilities. Drumming offers a powerful antidote to stress and anxiety, promoting relaxation and mindfulness. Research published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine suggests that drumming can induce a meditative state, leading to reduced stress levels and improved mood (Bittman et al., 2001).

At African Activities CIC, we offer drumming workshops and retreats designed to help adults unwind and reconnect with themselves. Our tailored programs incorporate elements of mindfulness and meditation, allowing participants to immerse themselves in the rhythmic flow of the drum. Through guided drumming exercises, adults learn to quiet the mind, release tension, and cultivate a sense of inner peace. Sometimes for peace what we need is noise!

Drumming for Seniors: Enhancing Cognitive Function and Social Engagement

As we age, maintaining cognitive function and social connections becomes increasingly important for overall well-being. Drumming offers a unique avenue for seniors to engage both mind and body while fostering a sense of community. Research published in Neurology suggests that participation in musical activities, such as drumming, can improve cognitive function and memory in older adults (Hanna-Pladdy & Mackay, 2011).

At African Activities CIC, we recognize the value of inclusive and intergenerational programming. Our senior drumming sessions provide older adults with an opportunity to stay mentally sharp while enjoying the camaraderie of group drumming. Through rhythm-based activities, seniors can tap into their creativity, boost cognitive function, and forge meaningful connections with others. We have seen for ourselves muscle memory pulling people into the present when other forms of memory cannot.

In conclusion, the healing power of drumming transcends age and cultural boundaries, offering profound benefits for children, adults, and seniors alike. At African Activities CIC, we remain committed to harnessing the therapeutic potential of drumming to promote holistic well-being and foster a sense of community. Join us on a rhythmic journey towards healing, connection, and transformation.


  • Bittman, B. B., Berk, L. S., Felten, D. L., Westengard, J., Simonton, O. C., Pappas, J., & Ninehouser, M. (2001). Composite Effects of Group Drumming Music Therapy on Modulation of Neuroendocrine-Immune Parameters in Normal Subjects. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 7(2), 105–114.
  • Hanna-Pladdy, B., & Mackay, A. (2011). The Relation Between Instrumental Musical Activity and Cognitive Aging. Neurology, 76(10), 843–851.
  • Peretz, I., Gosselin, N., Nan, Y., Caron-Caplette, E., Trehub, S. E., & Béland, R. (2015). A novel tool for evaluating children’s musical abilities across age and culture. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, 9, 1–14.