RCM study reveals that drumming has a positive impact on mental health

DrummingA study conducted by the Royal College of Music provides further evidence of the positive effect of music on mental health.

A ten-week programme of group drumming was found to reduce depression by as much as 38% and anxiety by 20%, and improve social resilience by 23% and mental wellbeing by 16%. The benefits were still evident three months later.

The research was carried out among 76 mental health users in London across two studies. Individuals took part in six- and ten-week programmes of group drumming workshops led by a professional drummer and supported by students from the RCM before completing questionnaires measuring depression, anxiety, stress and mental wellbeing. Full story.

Rhinegold Publishing / March 21, 2016

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