September 17, 2013

Early Childhood Resource Center strengthens parent-child bonds with Drumming with Dads program

The Early Childhood Resource Center (ECRC) kicked off its Drumming with Dads program earlier this year to help bring parents and children closer together through drumming. The next five-week drumming series is being held later in September. The program is funded by a grant from Arts in Stark.

The one-hour program was offered weekly at the William Hunter Center in Canton, led by local musician Greg Rice. Rice has spent many years teaching drummers of all ages. According to researchers, drumming has therapeutic effects. It promotes self-expression while easing stress, anxiety and tension.

Following the four-week drumming program, participants gave a fifth-week performance at the ECRC. Although the program was targeted to fathers and their children, 18 children and 12 adults participated, including dads, uncles, grandfathers and single moms.

“Greg’s enthusiasm made the program fun for everyone who attended,” said David Kerber, the ECRC’s parent liaison. “The parents and children thoroughly enjoyed themselves. They returned each week and were excited to learn something new. It was a time to strengthen the parent-child bond as well as promote socialization among the parents.”

The next series will be held in Massillon in late September. The four weeks of drumming will culminate in a performance on week five at the ECRC.

“We had great success with our first series and look forward to doing it again in September,” said Kerber.

This article appeared in the latest edition of the ECRC Community Chronicle newsletter. Click here to read the complete newsletter. The Early Childhood Resource Center is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

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