CHUNGPYEONG, May 15 (Korea Bizwire) – Chungpyeong Middle School in Gyeonggi Province is drawing attention over an after-school club called ‘Serotonin Drum Club’ consisting of 25 students where members expend energy and release stress by playing drums.
The club was formed in 2011 by head teacher Go Sun-hwa, who was in charge of after-school programs at Chungpyeong Middle School.
Go previously had a deep interest and concern for what is known in South Korea as the ‘middle school second year syndrome’, which refers to the confused state of mind many young teens go through as they grow into adolescents. During this stage of life, students often deal with confusion, anxiety or frustration with some experiencing a worsening relationship with their parents.
It was when Go watched a documentary on TV that shed light on the positive effect of drumming on the mental health of students that she decided to open the Serotonin Drum Club at her school, named after the neurotransmitter which is thought to contribute to feelings of well-being and happiness.
Playing drums that make a similar sound to a human heartbeat is supposed to help soothe one’s mind while producing serotonin, the lack of which can lead to depression and anxiety.
After conceiving her idea, she was able to open the drum club at her school with the help of professor of psychiatry Lee Shi-hyung and financial support from the private sector.
Since its opening, the club has seen students play drums instead of studying after work, helping them find peace of mind and giving them a better chance to follow their dreams.
One former member of the club will pursue nursing education at university, while others often keep in contact with Go to let her know how much of an impact the club has had for them.
With this year marking the sixth anniversary of the club, Go said, “Students have found themselves and gained confidence by winning nationwide competitions and voluntarily performing on occasions such as the closing ceremony of the Asian Games.”
“If we accept students for who they really are, instead of rating and assessing their behavior, I believe they can grow into much better people,” Go added.
Hyunsu Yim (firstname.lastname@example.org)