Healing Power of the Drum / Edition 1

Healing Power of the Drum / Edition 1

by Robert Lawrence Friedman
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Healing Power of the Drum / Edition 1

The Healing Power of the Drum is an authoritative yet easy to read book that shows how everyone can achieve health benefits from the increasingly popular activity of hand drumming. The raison d'etre for the book is to raise awareness of the hand drum from merely a musical instrument to a tool that can be used by individuals to attain psychological, physiological and spiritual well-being.

The book explores the drum from a multidimensional perspective, explaining the drum's ability to release anger, create joy, alter brain rhythms, induce trance, and create empowerment. Research and anecdotal reports provide validation of the benefits of personal drumming.

The Healing Power of the Drum provides a springboard for readers to use the drum in exciting and innovative ways to enhance their own wellness. The book reflects the very qualities of drumming. It is easy to read and non-technical, fun, and yet it provides depth, meaning and purpose for the reader. As the drum provides seemingly limitless ranges of emotions from deep relaxation to extraordinary aliveness, the book accordingly explores the vast range of experiences offered by drumming, from its ability to create euphoria to its deep and sacred power to heal.

Contributors of world renown include:

  • Dr. Michael Thaut, Director, Center for Biomedical Research and Music, Colorado State University.
  • Dr. Kenneth Aigen, Co-Director of Research for the Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy at New York University
  • Dr. Connie Tomaino, Director of the Department of Music Therapy, Institute for Music and Neurologic Function, affiliated with Albert Einstein Medical Hospital, Bronx, New York
  • Barry Bernstein, Music Therapist
  • Christine Stevens, Music Therapist
  • Jim Greiner, Latin Percussion™ artist and drum facilitator, who shares some of the most eloquent stories of the hand drumming experience ever written.
  • Heather MacTavish, founder of New Rhythms Foundation, who discusses how hand drumming helped her survive and heal from Parkinson's disease.
  • Arthur Hull, leading drum circle facilitator.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900941677874
Publisher: Pathway Book Service
Publication date: 08/28/2000
Series: Performance in World Music Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Part IThe Limitless Healing Drum1
Chapter 1Hand Drums and Healing3
Psychological and Physiological Applications4
The Symphony of Rhythm5
Who Should Read This Book?6
Chapter 2My Journey to the Drum9
There's a Baby on the Drummer's Path9
Drumming Away My Mother's Migraines10
My Fifteen Minutes of Fame...Ouch11
You Did What With Bobby McFerrin? Sing?? Why???12
Omar Hakim, and Me, or Whose Concert Is it, Really?12
The Experiment Begins14
The Drum Unites Parents and Children15
Drumming and Oneness16
The Drum, So Powerful--Yet So Simple17
Chapter 3The Ancient Calling18
Words from a Master Drummer--An African Perspective19
The Hungry Soul21
Rhythm, Both Within and Without23
In the Beginning, There Must Be Rhythm24
Shifting the Sands of Time25
Rhythm is a Given26
Chapter 4The Personal Experience of Drumming28
Finding Your Drum28
Drumming Alone29
Drumming in a Group29
Your Joyful Inner Child30
Drumming and the Family35
The Psychology of Drumming36
Intuitive Drumming41
The Discovery of Entrainment43
The Unifying Quality of the Drum46
The Alchemy of Drumming50
Part IIComplementary Medicine and Rhythm55
Chapter 5Drumming and Physiological Conditions57
Alzheimer's Disease57
Multiple Sclerosis--Two Personal Stories66
Parkinson's Disease70
Parkinson's Disease Research75
Speech Problems77
Chapter 6Drumming and Psychological Conditions80
Psychiatric Rehabilitation86
Stress Management88
Chapter 7Drumming for Specific Populations91
At-Risk Adolescents91
Drums Not Guns93
Corporate Employees95
The Corporate Tribal Meeting98
Prisoners and Detainees100
Drumming Detainees102
Senior Citizens104
Vietnam Veterans106
Chapter 8Drumming and Children111
Healing Children's Grief Through Drumming111
The Drum Helps a Distraught Child Choose Life114
Down Syndrome122
William's Syndrome123
Rhythm Profiles124
Chapter 9Skeptics and Visionaries130
Visionaries and Rhythm132
The Future of Drumming140
An Ancient Healing Instrument Meets the Future141
Part IIIBringing Drumming Into Your Life143
Chapter 10Practical Techniques and Rhythm Exercises145
Chapter 11Drumming Exercises from Music Therapy158
Chapter 12Conclusion167
Rhythm and Percussion Resources174

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Healing Power of the Drum 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great book and a great summer read...
Guest More than 1 year ago
very good book. i enjoyed reading it... :)