Drum circles encourage wellness through active music making in both a structured and improvisational environment. Music is a universal language and therefore makes drum circles easily accessible to those across cultures. Drum circles provide opportunities for social interaction, energy and anxiety release, and creative expression.

Drumming together can create a sense of community. As participants engage and interact, the brain demonstrates a natural tendency to entrain to the rhythm in the environment. Entrainment occurs when two or more properties (brain waves in this case) respond to one another by shifting to become more like the other. *Entrainment in music can: 

  • Validate the feelings of participants
  • Increase positive feelings toward self and others
  • Increase energy or serenity 

 Therapeutic drum circles

Therapeutic drum circles focus on encouraging individuals with disabilities to express themselves creatively through adapted methods and interventions. No musical or drumming experience is required. Individuals are encouraged to explore new instruments, interact with group members and create meaningful experiences through the act of music making. Every act of participation is celebrated as music therapy highlights what an individual is able to do and not what they are unable to do.  

Community Drum circles

Community Drum circles are a fun, energetic and enjoyable way to increase group cohesion, interaction and participation. Individual creative expression as well as group expression is facilitated among the circle. No musical or rhythmic experience is required. Drum circles are an exciting and beneficial team building activity for school classrooms, corporate groups, or community programming. Open to all ages.

Considering a drum circle for your team, group, or community? contact Core Music Therapy here


Pacholyk, A. (January 2011) Music Therapy: Entrainment theory. Peaceful Mind. Retrieved from http://www.peacefulmind.com/music_therapy.htm#Entrainment