7 Stunning Ways Drumming Boosts Your Brain PowerAug 01, 2023
Have you ever listened to or played a tasty drum groove and felt your mood instantly lift? There's a reason for it! Drumming isn't just a fun hobby or a great way to get a crowd going at a concert.
It turns out, engaging in rhythmic activity is also amazing for your brain. Let's dive into seven science-backed ways drumming can boost your brain power.
1. Induces long-term neuroplasticity
Playing drums can accelerate the development of the brain's corpus callosum, which connects the two hemispheres. This improvement in brain structure can lead to enhanced problem-solving skills, increased creativity, and better memory. (Source)
2. Reduces Stress
Drumming activities like a drum circle can act as a stress reliever. When you drum, your body releases endorphins, which are our natural 'feel good' hormones, reducing the levels of cortisol, the 'stress hormone'. This means drumming can help reduce anxiety and tension. (Source)
3. Boosts Immune System
Believe it or not, drumming could even strengthen your immune system. A study found that group drumming actually increased natural killer cell activity, which helps the body fight off viruses and tumors. (Source)
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4. Improves Mood
Drumming can significantly improve your mood. The physical activity combined with the soothing rhythm can help to reduce feelings of sadness and promote a greater sense of wellbeing and happiness. (Source)
5. Enhances Concentration
The rhythm of drumming requires a high level of concentration and focus. This can help improve attention span and concentration skills, which can translate into other areas of life such as work or school. (Source)
6. Promotes Physical Coordination
Drumming requires a significant amount of coordination between your hands and feet. This can help improve fine motor skills and promote better physical coordination, which can be beneficial for other physical activities. (Source)
7. Encourages Social Connection
Playing drums in a group setting promotes a sense of community and enhances social connections. This can lead to increased feelings of self-worth and belonging, which are essential for mental health. (Source)
So, next time you pick up your drum, remember you're not just making music - you're boosting your brain power in ways you might not have realized. Whether you're a seasoned drummer or thinking of starting, the benefits are clear. Drumming is not only a fun and creative outlet but also a fantastic way to keep your brain sharp and healthy.
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Jim is a professional musician, trainer, Assistant Professor and Director of Music and Wellness at Saint Francis University and TEDx speaker.
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Having presented over 3000+ rhythm and sound based programs since 1999, Donovan works internationally facilitating music and wellness events with a wide variety of populations including corporate, university, people with disabilities, and people recovering from addiction.
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