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.