Delaware Juvenile Court To Implement Therapeutic Drumming Program


UPDATED: Tuesday January 29, 2013 5:57 PM

Warren Hyer has been playing the drums nearly his entire life. Recently he had an idea to share his love of music in a nontraditional way.

“it's part of our effort of taking the symphony and using our resources outside the concert hall. Instead of just doing concerts, it's a way of bringing the community and symphony together” said Hyer.

Hyer, the executive director of the Central Ohio Symphony, said drumming is educational and therapeutic.

He came up with a proposal to introduce a drumming program into the juvenile court system in Delaware County.

The Central Ohio Symphony was awarded a $16,000 grant from the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation and the League of American Orchestras to start the program. The money will be used to purchase equipment and train staff on therapeutic drumming techniques.

“I think anything that may work is worth a try,” said Magistrate John Eufinger.

Eufinger said the drumming program will be incorporated into the court's specialized docket for juvenile offenders with mental illness and or substance abuse disorders. It would be an alternative treatment option provided through Maryhaven, a mental health and recovery services provider.

“Most people look at courts as that is where you go to get punishment, and we foster the idea that treatment court is not a punishment - it is a help, a lifeline,” said Eufinger.

Hyer said the program is expected to start next month.

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