TAP INTO YOUR INNER HEARTBEAT
Everyone Is A Drummer!
Claudia Paige, a professional drummer with over 25 years of international touring, recording, and teaching experience, is offering drum lessons through her own Octopus School of Drums. She knows firsthand the healing power of drumming and has created several unique, outside-the-box therapeutic music programs. Claudia worked with music teachers from the Oakland, CA, Unified School District, for example, where her work was lauded by district personnel, students, and parents as creative an exciting. She also co-founded a weekend music program called “Super Saturday Music Class,” which was designed specifically for inner-city kids in East Oakland.
While living in Berkeley, CA, Claudia worked with the Special Olympics. She noticed during events that some of the athletes were tapping along to the rhythms present in dribbling, say, or passing the ball down the line. She responded by designing a curriculum that utilized colors and images to teach different rhythm patterns, which made learning more accessible. Claudia also worked in Berkeley as Activities Director at a senior center, and there, she used rhythms games and percussion instruments to engage seniors’ brains in new ways. Because of these experiences, Claudia particularly enjoys working with students who require unique approaches to learning.
Regardless of the identity of the learner, drumming produces many positive outcomes, including:
accelerated physical healing
endorphin production and release
lowering of blood pressure
control of chronic pain
boosting of the immune system
release of emotional trauma-related blockages
reduced tension, anxiety, and stress
self-exploration and –realization
a sense of connection to self and others
In a fast-paced world where stress is common (and known to produce life-threatening illnesses such as heart attacks, strokes, and immune system breakdowns), drumming can provide an antidote, a slowing-down, a primal expression of our deepest feelings. Rhythmic drumming is a symbol of life, a metaphor for the rhythm of our heartbeats, without which we cannot exist. Drumming gives us a way to feel the beat, pulse, or groove needed to remain balanced; it helps us connect with others and express ourselves emotionally. It even strengthens the brain, as it requires the synchronization of your right and left hemispheres while you play. This kind of brain work can have amazing results for learners with neurological impairments resulting from strokes, for example, or Parkinson’s. Group drumming has even been shown to increase production of cancer-killing cells, and for women, the sisterhood produced in drumming circles can create a sense of safety and healing.
In ancient Greek, the word “ρυθμός,” or “rhythm,” means “to flow.” At Octopus School of Drums, you can start finding your own inner rhythm and flow right now! Beginning, intermediate, and advanced drum lessons are available on drum kit or hand drums. Feel connected and participate in drum circles. Have fun fusing rhythms from around the world and learn how to play by feel and through imagery. No music-reading ability is required. No experience is needed; anyone can drum! Claudia takes students of all ages and offers both private and group lessons.
Contact Octopus School of Drums for rates and individual lessons!
Tap into your individual heartbeat! Everyone is a drummer!
Bittman, B., et al. (2001). Composite Effects of Group Drumming Music Therapy on Modulation of Neuroendocrine-Immune Parameters in Normal Subjects. Alternative Therapies, 7:1, 38-47.