I’ve often been asked about what makes Holyoake’s DRUMBEAT program so effective and engaging. I usually respond by inviting people to experience it for themselves.

This certainly helps overcome the barrier of scepticism.

Over 6,000 DRUMBEAT Facilitators have experienced the benefits of this powerful program, and so have thousands of people around the world.

Indeed, DRUMBEAT is more than just fun drumming. This world-leading therapeutic drumming program is supported by independent research, evaluations and peer-reviewed journal articles. Click here to read the evidence.

The University of Western Australia commissioned a year-long evaluation of DRUMBEAT in Western Australian secondary schools. This study recently published in Children Australia, found that boys who participated in the program reported significantly better mental health. Antisocial behaviour of the boys dropped significantly and teachers noted they were more respectful, calm and considered towards their peers after being in the program.

Dr Karen Martin, who led this study said “Our research suggests that DRUMBEAT is an effective, targeted strategy which significantly improves the mental health and behaviour of disadvantaged adolescent boys.”

I’m not surprised really. Over the years, I have had the privilege of witnessing how DRUMBEAT helps achieve real change in schools, youth centres, children’s hospitals, mental health services, child protection centres, aged care homes, youth justice, refugee trauma services, prisons, and more.

We have carefully documented the evidence to highlight the social impact. This also helps differentiate DRUMBEAT clearly from other fun drumming programs.

Perhaps the most apt description of the program lies in its very acronym DRUMBEAT – ‘Discovering Relationships Using Music, Beliefs, Emotions, Attitudes and Thoughts’.

So if you would like to experience the transformative nature of this evidence-based program, I suggest give it a go!