Heather MacTavish


Heather MacTavish formed New Rhythms Foundation in 1998 to bring rhythmic programs to persons diagnosed with chronic, degenerative, and developmental disabilities (which she refers to as “extraordinair-abilities”).

Diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1995, Heather is skilled in group dynamics and individual human behavior. She combines creativity, science, and art with spirit, acceptance, and humor. She presents a comprehensive resource guide and training manual illustrating the influences that music, movement, actions and attitudes can have on biophysical, social, and emotional levels.

Heather’s spirited story appears in The Healing Power of the Drum by Dr. Robert Lawrence Friedman. She conducts classes and courses at conferences and universities around the world. Her first book: Creating New Rhythms with Old Songs is an invaluable musical resource when creating “drum~story~songs.”

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Songs, Science  Spirit by Heather MacTavish available here, securely from Amazon

Please click on the image above to purchase Songs, Science & Spirit! Your purchase will support the World Centre for Creative Learning Foundation, formed by Zubin Balsara, based in Pune,India.

Heather Speaks of the Power of Rhythm on YouTube

Heather MacTavish speaks of the power of rhythm, woven into footage of her Songs, Science & Spirit program conducted at the Windchime Memory Unit in Marin, California. Directed and photographed by Warren Saire. Click Here

Zubin and Heather's India Drum-Story-Song Presentation at the Rotary Club

Zubin Balsara and Heather MacTavish present a Drum-Story-Song to the Rotary Club of Mumbai, India. Click Here