Wahlbangers Drum Circle Organization is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
(based in Los Angeles, CA.) dedicated to
“Banging down walls” of stress, isolation, and stigma
& building bridges to inclusion, acceptance, and contentment
with the therapeutic benefits of group drumming.
Drum circles provide a practical example of teamwork, respect, and camaraderie. Studies show there are documented increases in concentration and focus, communication skills, and creativity in participants.
It is widely accepted by teachers, youth workers, music therapists, and health practitioners that drum circles provide an effective way to encourage life skills and develop confidence and self-esteem.
Additional benefits for youth include spending quality time in an environment which alleviates the fear and apprehension the nursing home setting might create. Our drum circles provide a common playground where the players are ageless and communication is without words. When the drumming is finished, the activity also provides a catalyst for conversations between young and old to begin.
See: our Intergenerational & Family Drum Circles page
Joint drumming: Social context facilitates synchronization in preschool children
"...children would spontaneously synchronize their body movements to an external beat at earlier ages and with higher accuracy if the stimulus was presented in a social context.
...three age groups (2.5, 3.5, and 4.5 years) were invited to drum along with either a human partner, a drumming machine, or a drum sound coming from a speaker."
Guess which way was most successful?
"...children of all ages synchronized their drumming with higher accuracy in the social condition."
from: Journal of Experimental Child Psychology
Participation in our intergenerational drum circles can assist many Girl Scouts with badge requirements in music, history, art, community, and much more!
Participation in one of our weekly drum circles currently fulfills music education credits for a 15 year old who is home schooled.