Our friend Gillian from Project Grace came by recently with percussionist Jonathan Hicks to do a drum session with our group. Jon brought a variety of percussion instruments, from large congas, and a djembe, to chimes, and small shakers from around the world.
Drumming is often used in music therapy. Therapists use drum and percussion experiences to help children with special needs in the areas of motor strength and control. We noticed that our own children enjoyed standing up to the tall drums and would shift their balance as they tapped with both hands.
Drumming and drum circles can also contribute to significant social and emotional improvements for the participants involved. For children with special needs, drumming can be a powerful tool to help them address many areas of development, such as communication, fine and gross motor, social, emotional and cognitive needs.
We had a great time trying out all of the instruments. Thanks so much for sharing them with us!