TAP INTO YOUR INNER HEARTBEAT
Everyone Is A Drummer!
Regardless of age, drumming promotes:
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
Coming in Spring & Summer, 2022
Claudia Paige, founder of Octopus School of Drums and a highly-sought-after drummer, recording artist and teacher with more than twenty-five years of experience.
Lisa Williams, a licensed clinical social worker with over two decades of field and classroom experience.
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 strengthens the brain, as it requires the synchronization the right and left hemispheres while you play. Drumming releases endorphins into your bloodstream so you can't help but be happy when you drum.
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! 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!
COVID-19 health and safety precautions will be in place. Participants will be 6 feet apart minimum, and at this time we will keep participant numbers to 10 or less. We will clean drums thoroughly between sessions, but participants can choose other others ways to play too. We have some fun rhythm games that include body percussion, tapping, claps, stomps and more.
Claudia Paige's Guided Interactive Drumming Events
This is a wonderful opportunity for self-expression, inclusion, mutual support and bonding. No musical experience needed.
RhythmWorks Courses and Workshops for seniors and kids
RhythmWorks courses and workshops are designed to build a sense of connection and community while also reaping the known benefits of drumming. These benefits include decreased anxiety and depression, improved motor and memory skill, and reduced levels of chronic pain. RhythmHealing targets seniors, kids, at-risk populations, and clients with specialized learning needs. Our mentors and teachers create a therapeutic and fun learning environment where music serves as the primer for increased emotional literacy and a greater sense of safety, connection, and self-determination. RhythmHealing offers several different workshops and virtual course options for clients of all ages.
Claudia and Lisa specialize in working with seniors, kids, at-risk populations, and clients with specialized learning needs. Claudia has designed music curriculum for inner-city kids, seniors and Special Olympics athletes, for example, and has met with great success using color, sounds and imagery to make more accessible the learning of rhythmic patterns. Lisa, an experienced adoptive parent, has worked with kids in the juvenile justice and foster care systems and uses a variety of clinical methodologies to help her clients find their way to better self-expression and healthier attachment patterns.
Claudia continues to offer online and in-person instruction and can accommodate both individual lessons and friendship pairs. Lessons are tailored to the individual and can be 30 and 45 minutes long depending on your learning level and goals.
Learn drumbeats to your favorite songs from the musical styles you love. We’ll break down the drum parts and learn dynamics and feel for the songs. We will be using our ears and not reading music.
What makes a great drummer is listening to all the parts of the song and then adding drums in a way that enhances the magic. We’ll teach you to be able to be a musical drummer who plays in the pocket without over-playing. You won’t just play drumbeats; you’ll learn to connect with other instruments and voices and play visually and emotionally to lyrics. You will learn how to improvise, play drum solos, and then get back into the song groove.
Sometimes the coolest moments in playing music can come from something you had absolutely no intention of playing. Embrace the accidents! The ultimate goal is getting you ready to play with others.
Octopus School of Drums partners with other music foundations and mentors and teachers worldwide.
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.