Arts in Health Care
Healing & Therapuetic Music
Randy Armstrong has spent over 30 years using music for healing and as a therapuetic practice for a wide variety of learning disabilities and physical and emotional illnesses. He is on the Arts in Health juried roster with the New Hampshire Council on the Arts and has provided services for hospitals; healthcare facilities; educational institutions for children and adults with physical and emotional disabilities; senior centers; schools for autism; individuals with Parkinson’s; youth at risk and rehabilitation half-way houses.
- Group Drumming Circles
- Drumming for Parkinson’s
- World Music Hands-on Workshops
- Music for Patients in Transition
- Artist Residencies
- Music Training for Staff at Heathcare Facilities & Hospitals
Partial List of Clients
- Wentworth-Douglass Hospital / Mass General Brigham Community Hospital
- Spaulding Academy (formerly Spaulding Youth Center)
- The Birchtree Center for Autism
- Annie’s Angels (Drumming for Parkinson’s)
- Rockingham County Rehabilitation Center
- Veteran’s Affairs – Manchester VA Medical Center
- NFI – Midway Shelter – Bradford NH
- Strafford Learning Center – Somersworth NH
- Rochester Learning Academy
- ALNOBA Center – Yoga & Music Retreat
- Jolicouer School – Manchester NH
- African Burying Grounds Memorial
- Mayhew Island Program
- Very Special Arts
Drumming for Parkinson’s
4 Part Online Educational & Therapeutic Series—FREE!
The Secrets of Rhythmic Drumming
Rhythmic drumming can make a difference in the lives of those affected by Parkinson’s Disease or aging – so can you! People affected with Parkinson’s experience shaking, tremors, muscle stiffness and loss of balance. As we get older, memory loss, sleep deprivation and loneliness slowly creep into our daily lives. The good news is these symptoms and more can be improved through rhythmic drumming.
The rhythmic motion of drumming improves motor skills, develops muscle tone, and stimulates brain functions. Drumming also increases dopamine and serotonin levels which helps to create an overall healthy emotional outlook. And the social aspect of drumming in a group can decrease stress levels, regulate blood pressure and improve sleep habits. Not to mention – it’s just plain fun!
Contact Randy Armstrong to learn more about West African style drumming and it’s remarkable benefits for those with Parkinson’s disease.
“West African style drumming can improve motor function for people with Parkinson’s disease. Drumming has a long tradition in healing rituals around the world and has been used as a method of therapy to improve and increase muscle memory and motor skills. Drumming is also really fun and energizing! I hope you find these video presentations helpful and invigorating. Enjoy!” – Randy Armstrong