Body Percussion  

What is Body Percussion


The connection between Brain, Music and Movement.  

We can use our bodies and movement, to make music whilst also improving our brain function!  


The main characteristics of Body Percussion, is the rhythmic beating of the person’s body.  The human body is the original musical instrument and we can use the body to give students a direct experience of musical elements, such as beatrhythm, and metre and to help a student internalise rhythmic skills.   The purpose is not to learn musical notes, their duration or to read a score, but to stimulate the brain through the benefits of rhythm with neuroscience.  The impact and sound sends messages to our sensory receptor, whose role is to transmit vibrations and pressure stimuli to the brain.   

 Benefits of Body Percussion

Body Percussion is fun, light exercise that create energy, and provide cognitive stimulation for the development of attention, memory, movement, coordination and speech.


• Enhances gross and fine motor skills.

• Enhances body and brain physical balance.

• Enhances coordination of feet, hands and voice.

• Awakens vocal percussion as an expression of inner sound and rhythms.

• Nurtures a sense of joy by making music within a group.

• Reduces stress, boosts the immune system, increases creativity.

• Delays or reverses memory loss.

• ​No rules and no mistakes!

• IT IS FUN! Increases the sense of joy by making music within a group.

Are you looking for something very special, fun and exciting that keeps your brain active and your body awake? 

   Marcello Napoli    
Educator & Body Percussion Therapist


Marcello Napoli has been studying and researching the connections between music and neuroscience for over 20 years.  Starting from the analysis of different methodologies (Orff-Schulwerk, Dalcroze and Gordon) and collaborating with a team of neurophysiologists, children psychologists and speech therapists; Marcello developed a methodology which uses the strongest discoveries made, merges and integrates these with the best of each method studied in the past.  Mr Napoli has extensive experience as a group therapist working with post-stroke and elderly individuals, as well as teaching children with learning difficulties and speech impediments.

Marcello is a violin and piano teacher at The Vivaldi Academy of Music, Body Percussions teacher and violin teacher in schools, as well as a Body Percussion Therapist.  He has run body percussion classes and also workshops for therapists around the world, in New Zealand, Italy, China and Japan. He is an experienced leader in this field.

Learn More

Body Percussion

Course Brochure

Body Percussion from a Musical, Neuro-Motor and Mnemonic view point

SELWYN VILLAGE Body Percussion Calendar 2019

St Philip’s Anglican Church Body Percussion Calendar 2019

 Classes & Workshops 

Come and join one of our Body Percussion classes!

Classes range from 15 minutes - for the most severe cases of autism, hyperactivity ADHD, Alzheimer's, dementia or Parkinson, to 60 minutes for adults  and elderly.   Age doesn't matter, this method keeps your brain activity boosted as well as increasing your body coordination, while having fun in a group, using rhythm and movement.

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