Drumdee is Tayberry’s community based drumming group for adults with enduring mental health conditions.
The group meets weekly in Douglas Community Centre where they learn and practise drumming techniques, learn about different drums (both African and Brazilian) and learn about the origin and the rhythm of a variety of, mainly, African songs. All the songs the group plays are frequently revisited and practised and have been played at a number of performances and workshops to a variety of local audiences.
Most of the group members have little or no experience of this form of drumming prior to joining.
In addition to learning a new skill Drumdee provides the members with: a purposeful activity giving additional structure to the week, an opportunity to work as part of a team, a growing sense of confidence and self-worth/esteem as new skills are learnt etc…
Drumdee is facilitated by Chris Morris – instrumental instructor.
Drumdee meets weekly at 1pm on Tuesdays in Douglas Community Centre. The chairs are set in a circle and the available drums are in the middle. When individuals have selected their drum the session begins…
Sessions usually begin with an ice-breaking game, which seems to have the benefit of creating an inclusive atmosphere where other problems etc. can be put aside for a short while. This is then followed by playing familiar rhythms or learning a new one. Sometimes it also involves a lesson about drum rudiments or musical terms. The 2 hour session has a short break at 2pm for tea, coffee, juice etc. Then resumes as before until 3pm.
Drumming can have positive effects on your health and may help with many conditions stress, fatigue, anxiety and mental illness to name a few.
Here’s why drumming is good for you:
- Makes you happy. Participate in a drum circle or take a cardio drumming class and you will see how happy it makes you. Drumming releases endorphins, enkephalins and Alpha waves in the brain, which are associated with general feelings of well-being and euphoria.
- Induces deep relaxation.
- Helps control chronic pain. Drumming can certainly serve as a distraction from pain. And, it promotes the production of endorphins and endogenous opiates, which are the body’s own morphine-like painkillers.
- Boosts your immune system. Studies show that drumming circles boost the immune system.
- Creates a sense of connectedness. Drumming circles and group drumming classes provide an opportunity for “synchronicity” in that you connect with your own spirit at a deeper level while also connecting with other like-minded people.
- Aligns your body and mind with the natural world. The Greek origin of the word “rhythm” is “to flow.” Drumming allows you to flow with the rhythms of life by simply feeling the beat.
- Provides a way to access a higher power. Shamans often use drumming as a means to integrate mind, body and spirit. They focus on the whole body and then integrate the healing at both the physical and spiritual level by drumming, which connects spiritual forces.
- Releases negative feelings. The act of drumming can serve as a form of self-expression. You can literally drum out your feelings. When held, negative emotions can form energy blockages. The physical stimulation of hitting the drums can help remove those blockages. Drumming has even been used therapeutically to help addicts deal with their emotions.
- Puts you in the present moment. While drumming you are moving your awareness toward the flow of life. When you are flowing with the rhythm of life you cannot be caught up in your past or worrying about your future.
- Allows for personal transformation. Drumming stimulates creative expression. When you drum in a group, you not only get to self-express, but you get feedback from the other drummers. It’s the equivalent of talk therapy! Drum circles provide a means of exploring your inner self, and expanding your consciousness while being part of a community.