Drumming Groups for Kids with Katie Sharpe
I give kids the opportunities to improvise and perform to each other. They also get to create their own music, and learn fun and challenging games. It’s important for kids to have places to safely express their emotions, particularly if they suffer from low self-esteem, depression, learning disabilities or other difficulties. They can lose themselves in the joy of an upbeat rhythm or the intensity of a loud, pounding beat.
Drum groups are a unifying experience. Kids get to communicate their emotions to each other, and, importantly, listen to each other. Drumming is also a total work out – both physically and mentally. Scientists have discovered that playing music actually rewires your brain. When you play, both the left and right sides of the brain are activated, improving academic and cognitive development.
But don’t tell the kids that – because the most important thing is to have fun!
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