Drums Alive
Youth Villages Therapeutic Drumming Certification


Ascenso, S., Perkins, R., Atkins, L., Fancourt, D., & Williamon, A. (2018). Promoting well-being through group drumming with mental health service users and their carers. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-Being, 13(1), 1484219.

Carolan, K. (2016). Find Your Beat: Therapeutic Drumming for Parkinson’s Disease. Clinical Social Work Journal, 44(2), 179–185.

Dickerson, D., Robichaud, F., Teruya, C., Nagaran, K., & Hser, Y.-I. (2012). Utilizing Drumming for American Indians/Alaska Natives with Substance Use Disorders: A Focus Group Study. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 38(5), 505–510.

Ekins, C., & Owens, D. P. (2018). Drums Alive: A Research-Based Multi-Disciplinary Drumming Fitness and Body Health and Wellness. PALAESTRA, 32(4), 22–28.

Ekins, C., Wright, J., Schulz, H., Wright, P. R., Owens, D., Miller, W., & Words, K. (2019). Effects of a Drums Alive Kids Beats Intervention on Motor Skills and Behavior in Children with Intellectual Disabilities. PALAESTRA, 33(2).

Litchke, L., & Finley, C. (2019). Social-Emotional Benefits of Drumtastic Ability Beats® Dyadic Partnership between a College Veteran with PTSD and an Elementary Student in a Special Education Setting. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 53(2), 175–184.

Litchke, L. G., & Bracken, M. M. (2018). A qualitative study on the social-emotional benefits of Drumtastic Ability Beats® for children with autism spectrum disorder. American Journal of Recreation Therapy, 17(3), 37–47.

Plastow, N. A., Joubert, L., Chotoo, Y., Nowers, A., Greeff, M., Strydom, T., … van Niekerk, E. (2018). The Immediate Effect of African Drumming on the Mental Well-Being of Adults With Mood Disorders: An Uncontrolled Pretest–Posttest Pilot Study. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 72(5), 7205345010p1.

Ragg, D. M., Soulliere, J., & Turner, M. (2019). Drumming and Mindfulness Integrations into an Evidence-Based Group Intervention. Social Work with Groups, 42(1), 29–42.

Watson, J., Washington, G., & Stepteau-Watson, D. (2015). Umoja: A Culturally Specific Approach to Mentoring Young African American Males. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 32(1), 81–90.

Willemin, T., Litchke, L. G., Liu, T., & Ekins, C. (2018). Social emotional effects of drumtastic®: A dyadic within-group drumming pilot program for children with autism spectrum disorder. International Journal of Special Education, 33(1), 94–103.