Drumming and Improvisation with Adult Male Sexual Offenders

Watson, D. M. 2002. Music Therapy Perspectives. Volume 20. Issue 2. Pages 105-111.

This article examines the music therapy drumming and improvisation treatment component designed for residential adult male sexual offenders. Techniques draw from rhythm-based music therapy, community drum circles, and music therapy improvisation with offender populations. Goal areas are intimacy, social skills, pro-social behavior, and awareness and expression of emotions. These goals parallel areas of need to reduce risk of recidivism. Staff observations and resident self-reports indicate progress toward all goals in addition to increased positive self-concept.