Statement by Karen Timko, Coordinator of the Los Angeles Unified School District Program Improvement Primary Intervention, On the Power of Drumming as a Tool for School Counselors

Karen Timko, Coordinator of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Program Improvement Primary Intervention views drumming as a way to reach greater numbers of kids. She writes:

“As a supervisor of a counseling program in the LAUSD, I am always looking for ways to motivate, support, and rejuvenate my staff who are deployed in the schools hardest hit by the influences of poverty, gangs, drugs, and violence. They have responded with amazing enthusiasm to drumming and recreational music making. I am thrilled that several of our schools have purchased the drums and see the health benefits for themselves as healers and as a tool for facilitating healing and hope in our students.

“As far as drumming and recreational music making, I know of no other intervention that has sparked the interest, enthusiasm, and hope in the counselors I supervise. The process seems to motivate the counselors to use the method with their students while bestowing measurable health benefits in the counselor delivering the intervention. It is a win-win for all involved.

“The value of the arts in healing, whether through writing, dancing, drumming, painting, or any method of self-expression is experienced immediately by the client and virtually no “side effects”. The arts have a way of touching the place within where the soul, the mind, the heart, and the soul converge, awakening the body’s ability to heal itself and to come to terms emotionally with the meaning of the client’s unique experience. ”