If you are beating on something in a dream, the message can be about your attempt to break through a type of challenge. Examine the symbol you are beating for a clue as to whether you are wasting your time (broken) or need to apply more effort (making sound). If it is a drum, it can be a sign that you are not being heard or are not able to express your real feelings. An instrument in a dream often relates to sexuality and passion and the drum can portray the heartbeat. See Attack and Being Chased and Fear.