The connection may surprise you! Drumming (especially drum therapy) really can boost a person’s business or academic success. I’ve seen both happen.
At first, I thought it was a fluke. I was co-teaching a career and entrepreneurship class in a women’s homeless shelter, along with my friend, Sheyenne Kreamer, who developed the course. Suddenly, on the last day, one woman shouted “I know what I want to do now!”
Yes, we provided many career and business tips on the previous three days. However, on the fourth day, we focused on stress relief. Guess what I brought into the classroom? You guessed it: hand drums and percussion instruments. The drum therapy exercises helped bring loads of clarity. It reduced her stress, produced those “feel good endorphins”, and boosted her mindset.
We taught the class at another non-profit and this phenomenon happened again. This time, it was a man. He had been quiet every day and we didn’t know if we were getting through to him. Until the drums came out on the last day. I’ve seen this with at-risk youth and with many private clients as well, including entrepreneurs and teens. Drum therapy boosted their mindset and their success.
How does it work?
Once I learned how drumming affects your neural pathways, this all began to make sense. The act of drumming connects both your left and right hemispheres, which boosts your concentration and focus. This is why it’s very effective for those with ADHD symptoms. It also reduces stress, creates those “feel good endorphins”, and boosts your confidence and creativity. The neuroscience behind this is amazing! All from tapping out a few beats on a drum!
I discovered that results happen faster when mentoring and motivation is added to the mix. The main reason is because the sessions are customized to the person or group’s goals and needs. Sometimes, effects are felt after just one class or event and other times, we need to go deep and have 8-12 private sessions. That provides a more comprehensive and effective program. The best part is that you don’t even need to know how to drum! It’s not a lesson, I use hand drums, not a drum set, and it’s really not even about drumming. It’s about boosting your mindset, your health, and your success so you can get ready to soar!
Here’s a quick video that explains how you may be blocking your blessings and your success:
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Dori Staehle lives in the Raleigh, NC area and is a certified drum therapist, author, speaker, trainer, owner of Next Stage Drumming, and Toca Percussion Artist.. Dori offers a unique blend of music, mentoring, motivation, and ministry to help kids, teens and women rise up and rock! A djembe drum is included for private clients (US only). Click here to schedule a call to find out more!