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Musicstar Drum CircleAbout Drum Circles

Drums have been in use as a ceremonial and festive communication tool for centuries and are considered to be the “instrument of the people”. All of life has an underlying rhythm that connects us to one another. Recalling the natural rhythms of the body, namely the beating heart, drum circles help us to connect with deeper rhythms and thus bring about healing.

MUSICSTAR® offers a variety of hand drumming workshops and drum circle events. Drum circles are fun inclusive events in which the participants make music together, using various drums, such as African djembes, Latin congas, bongos, maracas, and other hand percussion instruments. The “feel-good” chemicals that are released during such an experience, also called endorphins, have a positive impact on health. Participants may experience benefits similar to those of practicing yoga, aerobics or meditation.

Fun Facts

Drumming Burns Calories! Subjects burned up to 270 calories in a scientifically monitored half-hour recreational drumming program, more than cycling, hiking, or weight lifting!

Drumming is a Social Activity! In fact, it’s one of the oldest social music making activities there is.

Research Briefs

  • Stress  –  Blood samples from participants of an hour-long drumming session revealed a reversal of the hormonal stress response and an increase in natural killer cell activity (Bittman, Berk, Felten, Westengard, Simonton, Pappas, Ninehouser, 2001, Alternative Therapies, vol. 7, no. 1).
  • Depression  –  Stanford University School of Medicine conducted a study with 30 depressed people over 80 years of age and found that participants in a weekly music therapy group were less anxious, less distressed and had higher self-esteem (Friedman, Healing Power of the Drum, 1994).
  • Cancer  –  Subjects who participated in a clinical trial using drum circle activities showed an increase in natural killer cell activity and an enhanced immune system. While this does not indicate a cure for cancer, such results may be of benefit for those facing this disease. (Bittman, Berk, Felten, Westengard, Simonton, Pappas, Ninehouser, 2001, Alternative Therapies, vol. 7, no. 1).
  • Alzheimer’s Disease  –  According to Clair, Bernstein and Johnson (1995), Alzheimer’s patients who drum can connect better with loved ones. The predictability of rhythm may provide the framework for repetitive responses that make few cognitive demands on people with dementia.
  • Parkinson’s Diseases and Stroke  –  Rhythmic cues can help retrain the brain after a stroke or other neurological impairment, according to Michael Thaurt, director of Colorado State University’s Center of Biomedical Research in Music. Researchers have also discovered that hearing slow, steady rhythms, such as drumbeats, helps Parkinson patients move more steadily (Friedman, Healing Power of the Drum, 1994).

Music & Drumming Improve Academic Performance

Drumming, similar to keyboard classes, band guitar and other music education classes, has shown to improve academic performance in participating students. Regardless of school grade, socio-economic background or age, music education can have important positive effects on the physical, mental and social abilities of students.

MUSICSTAR® specializes in “turn-key” music education programs that are low-cost, but include all musical instruments, certified instructional staff, and support services. To find out how MUSICSTAR® can be of benefit to your program, call 888-673-2158 or email us at

How to Book a Community Drum or Strum Circle

Call us at 866-793-9394 to book a MUSICSTAR Drum or Strum Circle for your event or organization. We offer low-cost and free facilitation.

How to Book a Corporate Drum or Strum Circle

MUSICSTAR offers effective and affordable team building and health initiatives for companies and their employees. Moderated Drum and strum circles are an ideal way to get your staff engaged in an all-inclusive, non-competitive teambuilding activity that has measurable mental and physical health benefits. Drum and strum circles can be scheduled at lunch time, in the morning or any other time for 30 minutes or an hour, or based on a drop-in schedule. All instruments and certified staff are provided.

Call MUSICSTAR today at 866-793-9394 to find out more about offering the health and team-building benefits of music to your staff!