Clem Burke Drumming Project: Studying drumming and the brain

Clem Burke, former drummer for Blondie, has organized a research project in England that will be exploring the interaction between the human brain and drumming activity. They are also developing research focused on Magnetic Resonance Imaging and drumming. Dr. Marcus Smith is an exercise physiology researcher involved with the project.

The site:

DW Drums has helped sponsor the project, along with several other companies. This is promising, because it demonstrates the awareness that corporations have in the future of music cognition research.

Here’s some perspective for you: when I first began looking into this field (specifically related to the drum set) over twenty years ago, you could count the citation listings in the research publications on ONE HAND.

We’ve come a very long way…


7 thoughts on “Clem Burke Drumming Project: Studying drumming and the brain

  1. Cheryl Cohen Kerr August 23, 2011 / 4:32 pm

    Hello. I would like to hear more about drumming and the brain. I am a Health Rhythms faaciilitator working with at risk youth and most kids are labeled ADD Autistic, etc.. I am I am also a CMP (Therapeutic Musiciaan) and work with Alzheimers patients.

    • Cheryl Cohen Kerr August 23, 2011 / 4:33 pm

      I would like to read the research/results of the brain with rhythmms

  2. jimbo February 19, 2018 / 1:37 am

    There is nothing but teaching in China job offers at

    • David Aldridge February 19, 2018 / 2:44 am

      Thank you for letting me know. I doublechecked the link for the article and reconnected it to the current site. I wrote the original article several years ago and was unaware the link had changed.

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