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Within the context of music therapy, group drumming can take many forms. It can be done individually or with a group in the form of an ensemble, an improvisation, or even a drum lesson. While there might be some similarities in appearance to other types of group drumming, music therapy interventions are a very different experience with regard to the types of interactions that happen on both a musical and personal level. Drumming in music therapy is guided first and foremost by the therapeutic needs of the client. The music therapist then shapes the intervention to address those needs and provide an accessible and engaging experience.

Some of the benefits associated with group drumming include:

People that come to this group can expect an engaging and beginner friendly group drumming session. We will primarily utilize hand drums and focus on correct striking techniques, active and responsive listening, and developing rhythmic ideas. There is no prior drumming experience required.

Music Assisted Progressive Muscle Relaxation

In music music therapy, there are a variety of different techniques that can be utilized to promote stress-reduction and relaxation. One such technique is progressive muscle relaxation. This intervention utilizes the connection between the physical and mental state to promote a deep mental relaxation by systematically relaxing the body. When utilized in conjunction with clinically directed music, this experience has the potential to offer a deeper level of relaxation as well as improvements in other areas of need. Once learned, progressive muscle relaxation can be practiced individually. This is not a one time experience, but rather a skill that can be developed and utilized when needed. 

Some of the benefits include:

  • decreased anxiety and stress
  • improved ability to fall and stay asleep
  • lower blood pressure
  • reduced pain, including neck, back, TMJ and even migraine pain

People who are interested in joining our group can look forward to an immersive and therapeutic experience. Our upcoming sessions will focus on introducing participants to the world of group drumming, emphasizing beginner-friendly techniques and fostering a sense of community. Through expert guidance, attendees will explore correct striking techniques, practice active and responsive listening, and co-create rhythmic ideas in a supportive environment. No prior drumming experience is necessary, making it an inclusive and enjoyable session for everyone.

For those considering our Music Assisted Progressive Muscle Relaxation group, anticipate a journey into deep relaxation and stress reduction. In each session, you’ll be led through a complete progressive muscle relaxation exercise, gaining insights into its philosophy and purpose. Learn not only how to unwind during the sessions but also how to integrate this valuable skill into your daily life for sustained benefits. Stay tuned for updates on our upcoming sessions, and let’s embark on this therapeutic journey together!