Body, Mind, Spirit, Community

Benefits of Drum and Dance Circles



Lowers blood pressure

Improves immune system function


Reduces stress

Produces positive emotions

Reduces burnout

Exercise and stimulate creativity


Creates opportunities to meet new people

Deepens connections with community

Reduces loneliness

Publications and Articles

Transcendent Experiences

Transcendent Experiences

A 2004 study published in the journal Multiple Sclerosis revealed that drumming enables participants to go into deeper hypnotic states, and another 2014 study published in PLoS found that when combined with shamanistic instruction, drumming enables participants to experience decreased heart rate and dreamlike experiences consistent with transcendental experiences.

Reduce Emotional Distress

Reduce Emotional Distress

A powerful 2001 study published in the journal  Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine  found that low-income children who enrolled in a 12-week group drumming intervention saw  multiple domains of social-emotional behavior improve significantly, from anxiety to attention, from oppositional to post-traumatic disorders.

Neuroscience reveals how rhythm helps us walk, talk — and even love

Neuroscience reveals how rhythm helps us walk, talk — and even love

Rhythm is of course a fundamental part of music. But neuroscience is revealing that it’s also a fundamental part of our innermost selves: how we learn to walk, talk, read and even bond with others. From heartbeats heard in the womb, to the underlying rhythmic patterns of thought, rhythm — as one researcher puts it — is life.”


Making music for mental health: how group drumming mediates recovery

Making music for mental health: how group drumming mediates recovery

The findings provide support for the conceptual notion of ‘creative practice as mutual recovery’, demonstrating that group drumming provides a creative and mutual learning space in which mental health recovery can take place.


Improves Our Immune System. Reduces Cortisol, and Boosts Two Types of Cancer Fighting Cells

Improves Our Immune System. Reduces Cortisol, and Boosts Two Types of Cancer Fighting Cells

A 2001 study published in Alternative Therapies and Health Medicine indicates that drumming circles boost the immune system. Led by renowned cancer expert Barry Bittman, MD, the study demonstrates that group drumming actually increases cancer-killing cells, which help… 

Social-emotional learning through drumming intervention

Social-emotional learning through drumming intervention

Scores on the seven social development domains ranged from 7.2 to 7.8, indicating positive change during the 10-week period for most students. Across all domains, teachers rated between 3% and 13% of students with no change. Using the total score, more than 93% of students were rated with some degree of positive the module Advanced settings.


Regrows Brain Matter

Regrows Brain Matter

A 2014 study published in the Journal of Huntington’s Disease found that two months of drumming intervention in Huntington’s patients (considered an irreversible, lethal neurodegenerative disease) resulted in “improvements in executive function and changes in white matter microstructure, notably in the genu of the corpus callosum that connects prefrontal cortices of both hemispheres.” The study authors concluded that the pilot study provided novel preliminary evidence that drumming (or related targeted behavioral stimulation) may result in “cognitive enhancement and improvements in callosal white matter microstructure.”

Group Drumming Bangs Away at Anxiety and Depression

Group Drumming Bangs Away at Anxiety and Depression

Study shows that making music can be a powerful tool for promoting mental health.

An “exploratory examination” found 10 weeks of group drumming provided significant benefits for a group of people who had sought help for mental-health issues. What’s more, the improvements persisted for at least three months after the sessions concluded.

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Drumming program helping Vietnam veterans affected by PTSD

Drumming Program helping Vietnam veterans affected by PTSD

A groundbreaking study in suburban Melbourne is using simple drum beats to help Vietnam veterans heal the emotional scars of combat.

Study: Therapeutic Potential a Drum and Dance

Study: Therapeutic Potential a Drum and Dance

Participants described diverse benefits, including increased exercise tolerance, stress reduction, feelings of group support, and beneficial spiritual experiences.


As a physician focused on integrative medicine within the traditional healthcare setting, I’ve had the opportunity to offer music as a therapeutic intervention to our patients suffering from some of the most challenging illnesses imaginable. Not surprisingly, music at the Mind-Body Wellness Center has evolved into one of the most appreciated and innovative interventions of our disease-based programs for individuals with cancer, heart disease, chronic lung disease and diabetes – the principle causes of healthcare expenditure, disability and mortality in our nation.

Dr. Barry Bittman MD

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While his ability to express music is a high mastery, he makes music so accessible, allowing to understand, to feel it as something so innate to all of us! What i love the most, one does not need to be a musician to benefit from his ways of sharing musical experience! You will for sure discover the art of listening to music. — Natalia


he has a talent for developing a collaborative space for creative expression. I have enjoyed participating in circles where he has facilitated space for everyone to tune in the the rhythms being played by others and contribute in their own way. — Beth


As a collaborator, I found Julian engaged with a passion and drive for music and dance. Throughout my time working with Julian I appreciated his global perspective with an interest in exploring the power of music and dance. His creative approach was indicative of this...


I strongly recommend any being wanting to connect deeper, authentically, to their own natural rhythm -empowered, to partake and co-create in a transformational journey facilitated by him for a profound exploration and deep inner experience. — Maalika


He has a unique ability to inspire people with his percussion playing, getting people on their feet, and feeling the joy of life through music, movement, and dance. — Eduard


Personally I have not only developed as a percussionist, but as a person thanks to meeting Julian and all the others in the drum/dance circle. — Dustin


I felt especially interested in joining because of the way he prepares and guides participants by pointing out what we should pay attention to in the process and also opening up for group feedback. By doing this and by offering a consistent weekly practice he shows lots of wisdom and experience to lead this kind of practice. — Amy


Julian's rhythms move like water in all its manifestations. The dance is effortless, the dancer is buoyed and transcends. -- Jill

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