|Foundation for Universal Music Literacy ~ How Music Effects Child Development:
“A ten-year study, tracking more than 25,000 students, shows that music-making improves test scores. Regardless of
socioeconomic background … music-making students get higher marks in standardized tests than those who had no music involvement.”
“Hungary, Netherlands and Japan stand atop worldwide science achievement and have strong commitment to music education.
All three countries have required music training at the elementary and middle school levels … seems to contradict the
United States' focus on math, science, vocabulary, and technology.”
|The Foundation for Universal Music Literacy
|Dana Foundation ~ Neuroeducation: Learning, Arts, and the Brain:
Teachers and Educators … visit this site for your Free Report, "Findings and Challenges for Educators and Researchers from
the 2009 Johns Hopkins University Summit". Sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University School of Education’s Neuro-Education
Initiative, and focuses on the convergence of neuroscientific research and teaching and learning, with an emphasis on the arts.
|The Washington Post ~ VIDEO "Enlivening the Senses"
“Arts/Learning encourages active engagement of preschool through college students in developing their highest artistic
and academic competence by promoting practices, programs and partnerships to achieve a new level of excellence in
teaching and curriculum development.” The Close Captioned Version is at: http://vimeo.com/12623599
|Web Article ~ Every student in the nation should have an education in the arts:
“In the sometimes harsh reality of limited time and funding for instruction, however, the inclusion of the
arts in every student’s education can sometimes be relegated to a distant wish rather than an exciting reality.
It doesn’t have to be that way!”
|Jim Donovan’s Blog ~ Drumming on the Edge of Leadership:
“Hand Drumming and Leadership Skills for the New Millennium … A new awareness of the value of leadership
training, our growing understanding of the uses of hand percussion, and the trickle-down of quantum
concepts into everyday thinking have set the stage for dramatic positive change.”
|Sixty Second Parent ~ New Research Shows Babies Are Born To Dance:
“The findings, based on the study of infants aged between five months and two years old, suggest that babies may
be born with a predisposition to move rhythmically in response to music. Research suggests that it is the beat
rather than other features of the music, such as the melody, that produces the response in infants.”
|Think Drums ~ Study Shows Percussion Improves IQ Scores of Children:
“Improved IQ scores can now officially be added to the ever-growing list of benefits from playing drums. A
recent study shows that playing the drums or other percussion instruments actually improves IQ scores of children.
While previous studies have hinted that musical training improves a child's literacy and math skills,
this is the first time that a study has shown that one's intelligence level can be improved by drumming.”
|Americans for the Arts ~ VIDEO from the Congressional Arts Kick Off:
“Some people get it … the importance and value of Arts Education to our country and to our civilization …
and now is the time to help everyone else understand. (Arts Advocacy Day on Capital Hill 2011).”
|Health & Wellness
|Yamaha Music and Wellness Institute ~ The Benefits of Recreational Music Making:
“For the first time in the history of music and medicine, we performed a controlled scientific investigation
of stress-reversal elicited by group drumming in 111 subjects. Our latest publication … we demonstrated
effective stress reversal on the DNA level. Recreational Music Making has substantial societal value,
as well as profound biological impact … to alter the perception of active music participation as a
life-long tool for success.”
|REMO’s Health Rhythms ~ A Compilation of Their Recent Studies:
“Numerous research studies have been published in peer reviewed journals which demonstrate the health & wellness benefits
of our research-based HealthRHYTHMS Recreational Music-Making (RMM) protocol. HealthRHYTHMS Group Empowerment
Drumming is Remo's internationally acclaimed research-based RMM program and is the basis for this research.”
|Jim Donovan’s Blog ~ Complementary Therapy for Addiction: Drumming Out Drugs
“Recent publications reveal that substance abuse rehabilitation programs have incorporated drumming and related community and
shamanic activities into substance abuse treatment. Often promoted as "Drumming out Drugs," these programs are incorporated
in major rehabilitation programs, community centers, conference workshops and training programs, and prison systems.”
|Mind Body Wellness Center ~ Deep Within: Drumming as a Healing Strategy
“From the very first time I participated in a drum circle, I recognized something profoundly moving about the experience. It was far more than
just delighting in the chance to make music together. My feelings intuitively struck a chord (if you don't mind the pun)
that's still vibrating with excitement about music's yet unrealized potential as a healing strategy in healthcare.”
|Rhythm Centre Article ~ Should Drums Be Sold in Pharmacies?
“Since the groundbreaking research funded by Remo, Inc. demonstrating immune-system enhancement after one hour of group
drumming, the idea of drums being sold in pharmacies has become more of a possibility. The medical community and music therapists
waiting for this to happen in order to apply this paradigm to their practices … and neither is much of society, for whom
regular participation in community drum circles is seen as creative fitness and stress-reduction workouts.”
|Yamaha Music and Wellness Institute ~ Recreational Music Making:
Explore the effects of Recreational Music making (RMM) on the Human Body
including the Nervous, Circulatory, Endocrine and Immune Systems.
|“Rhythmic music may change brain function and treat a range of neurological conditions, including attention deficit disorder
and depression, suggested scientists who gathered at Stanford's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics.
A small but growing body of scientific evidence suggests that music and other rhythmic stimuli can alter
mental states in predictable ways and even heal damaged brains.”
|Jim Donovan’s Blog ~ The Use of Drumming as a Cure for Children with PTSD:
“Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can be an extremely debilitating condition that can occur after
exposure to a terrifying event in which grave physical harm occurred or was merely threatened.
Different forms of music such as drumming are becoming an important therapeutic tool.
Drumming exercises greatly reduce stress … apparently by altering their brain-wave patterns.”
|New York Post ~ Fortune 500 Tunes Into Bang-the-Drum Therapy:
“Corporations are boosting employee productivity and reducing sick days by getting workers to
march to the same drummer - literally. A novel program underway at several big firms - including
Toyota, Unilever, Raytheon and Oracle - hauls in drums to the office so that workers can take
an hour a week to beat on them alongside their bosses and co- workers.”
|BBC News ~ Drumming Up a Happier Workplace:
“Drumming sessions at work could help employees defend themselves from stress and lower
staff turnover, according to a new study from America. When the participants took part
in six weekly drumming sessions, it improved their mood by almost 50%.”
|CNN Headline News ~ VIDEO Interview with Barry Bittman, MD:
Dr Bittman explains the effects of stress in the workplace and how Recreational Music Making
(RMM) brings people together, lowers stress and reduces employee turnover.
|The Articles and Research are Separated into Three Parts:
Education | Health & Wellness | The Workplace
|Music Education impacts a student's Mental, Physical, Emotional, and Social Development,
and it enhances all types of learning. It is economic foolishness to cut the arts from our
school curricula, they are as fundamental to education as reading and math.
Health & Wellness is a Big Concern with Our Fast-Paced Lifestyle and the Low-Nutrition / High Caloric
Food we often consume . . . Who has time for exercise? Every day more people are successfully using
alternative methods, like Group Drumming, to combat the negative effects of this stress and poor diet.
Workplace Group Drumming is Successfully Being Used to Reduce Employee Stress, Burnout,
and High Turn-over Rates . . . While Increasing Moral, Productivity, and a Sense of Camaraderie.
When it comes to the Bottom Line, Spending Hundreds to Save Thousands is a Great Investment.
|"It occurred to me by intuition, and music was the driving force behind that intuition.
My discovery was the result of musical perception." ~ Albert Einstein
“It had never occurred to me before that music and thinking are so much alike.
In fact you could say music is another way of thinking, or maybe
thinking is another kind of music." ~ Ursula K. Le Guin
"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight
to the imagination, and life to everything." ~ Plato
“When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am
related to the earliest times, and to the latest.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
"The life of the arts far from being an interruption, a distraction, in the life
of a nation, is close to the center of a nation's purpose-and is a test
of the quality of a nation's civilization." ~ John F. Kennedy
“Music is about communication, creativity, and cooperation, and, by studying music in school,
students have the opportunity to build on these skills, enrich their lives, and experience
the world from a new perspective.” ~ President Bill Clinton
|The Evidence is Crystal Clear... Studies Have Shown Many Positive Benefits
from Group Empowerment Drumming and Recreational Music Making ! !
|“Music education opens doors that help children pass from school into the world around
them a world of work, culture, intellectual activity, and human involvement. The
future of our nation depends on providing our children with a complete
education that includes music.” ~ President Gerald Ford
"Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the
imagination, a charm to sadness, gaiety and life to everything. It is the essence
of order and lends to all that is good and just and beautiful.” ~ Plato
"I took violin lessons from age 6 to 14, but had no luck with my teachers for whom music
did not transcend mechanical practicing. I really began to learn only when I was about
13 years old, mainly after I had fallen in love with Mozart's sonatas." ~ Albert Einstein
"The will must be stronger than the skill." ~ Muhammad Ali
"What a tragedy it would be if we lived in a world where music
was not taught to children.” ~ General H. Norman Schwarzkopf
|“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the
notes and curl my back to loneliness.” ~ Maya Angelou
"Music is given to us with the sole purpose of establishing an order in things, including,
and particularly, the coordination between man and time." ~ Igor Stravinsky
"Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. Music is the electrical
soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents." ~ Ludwig van Beethoven
“I have no pleasure in any man who despises music. It is no invention of ours:
it is a gift of God. I place it next to theology. Satan hates music: he
knows how it drives the evil spirit out of us.” ~ Martin Luther
“Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons, and you will find that it
is to the soul what the water-bath is to the body.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
“Where words fail, music speaks.” ~ Hans Christian Anderson
“Music is well said to be the speech of angels.” ~ Thomas Carlyle 'The Opera'
|“It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right
key at the right time and the instrument will play itself.” ~ J. S. Bach
"Bach gave us God's Word. Mozart gave us God's laughter. Beethoven gave us
God's fire. God gave us Music that we might pray without words." ~ Unknown
"All the sounds on the earth are like music." ~ Oscar Hammerstein
"Sugar is not so sweet to the palate as sound to the healthy ear." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Music has a great power for bringing people together. With so many forces in this
world acting to drive wedges between people, it’s important to preserve those
things that help us experience our common humanity.” ~ Ted Turner
“Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together.” ~ Anais Nin
"There is geometry in the humming of the strings, there
is music in the spacing of the spheres." ~ Pythagoras
|"The man that hath no music in himself Nor is not move'd with concord of sweet sounds,
Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils; The motions of his spirit are dull as night,
And his affections dark as Erebus: Let no such man be trusted." ~ Wm. Shakespeare
“The music masters familiarizes children's minds with rhythms and melodies, thus making
them more civilized, more balanced, better adjusted in themselves, and more capable in
whatever they say or do, for rhythm and harmony are essential to the whole of life.” ~ Plato
“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music.
I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.” ~ Albert Einstein
"Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be very
silent if no birds sang except the best." ~ Henry Van Dyke
“There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.” ~ Albert Schweitzer
“Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling.
A song makes you feel a thought.” ~ E. Y. Harbug
“Music is one way for young people to connect with themselves, but it is also a bridge for connecting
with others. Through music, we can introduce children to the richness and diversity of the human
family and to the myriad rhythms of life.” ~ Daniel A. Carp, Kodak CEO