Drumming Creates A Connection With Self And Others

Traditional African drumming has become an integral part of life at Greenbrier Academy for Girls.

"'Drumming is what made me feel like I was a part of the school when I first got here,' a student shared."

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Each day the community unites together and plays some favorite rhythms. This experience helps create opportunities for students to mentor and teach one another and share in a common activity. More than just a fun experience, drumming also has a profound therapeutic effect:

“Research reviews indicate that drumming enhances recovery through inducing relaxation and enhancing theta-wave production and brain-wave synchronization. Drumming produces pleasurable experiences, enhanced awareness of preconscious dynamics, release of emotional trauma, and reintegration of self.

Drumming alleviates self-centeredness, isolation, and alienation, creating a sense of connectedness with self and others. Drumming provides a secular approach to accessing a higher power and applying spiritual perspectives.” (Winkelman, Michael; American Journal of Public Health, April, 2003, Vol.93, Issue 4, P.647,5p.)

Girls who demonstrate great interest in drumming can become members of the Performance Group.

The Performance Group has garnered critical acclaim and is often invited to perform at local and regional events and local venues.

In March of 2013, they were asked to perform for the opening session of the West Virginia State Legislature.
They blew the house (pun intended) away and received a roaring standing ovation.

Some of the other venues include:

Child Advocacy Center’s Annual Fundraiser
Friday Night Alive
Greenbrier Hotel for West Virginia Coal Association
Carnegie Hall, Culturefest
Family Refuge Center
Lewisburg Elementary
Greenbrier Episcopal School
Martin Luther King Day Celebration