Explore hand drumming at free class Oct. 31

    Photo courtesy Paul Roberts
    Members of the hand-drumming class led by Paul Roberts. The free class will continue Tuesday, Oct. 31, at noon at the Pagosa Lakes clubhouse.

    By Paul Roberts
    Special to The PREVIEW
    Join musician and music therapist Paul Roberts for a free hand-drumming class at the Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse on Tuesday, Oct. 31, at noon.
    The goal is to have fun exploring tonal possibilities of the drum and rhythmic patterns and improvisation. The class also incorporates singing and body percussion. All are welcome. Hand drums will be provided for those who don’t have one.
    Thanks to brain-scanning technology, we now know a lot about music’s unique ability to activate the brain. A growing number of scientists are excited about the positive effects of music that music educators and therapists have long acknowledged, including:
    • Boosting the immune system.
    • Accelerating physical healing.
    • Providing a therapeutic outlet.
    • Boosting self-esteem.
    • Lowering stress and anxiety.
    • Thinking creatively and imaginatively.
    • Improving communication skills.
    • Stimulating cognitive development and abstract thought.
    • Increasing awareness and appreciation of cultural heritage.
    • Cooperating and working effectively in groups.
    In this hand-drumming class, even participants who have no experience playing a musical instrument can get into the groove and avail themselves of a life-enhancing experience.
    The Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse is located at 230 Port Ave. For further information, email banjocrazy@centurytel.net or call 731-3117.