Therapeutic Drumming and Drum Lessons

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Are you feeling stuck, overwhelmed, stressed out, or scattered? Want to try something fun that helps beat stress, and improves clarity, focusing, and healing? Therapeutic drumming helped me and now I help others. It is my mission to encourage, empower, and equip people to rock the next stage of their lives, find their joy, feel the rhythm, and HAVE FUN!

This is not African, tribal, or Shamanic drumming and it’s not a drum lesson or traditional drum circle. It’s something completely different! It’s a fun, interactive, drumming experience that rocks! Great for individuals, groups, and organizations! Popular tunes are often added in to help your group rock out!

Have some fun! Whack on a drum!

If you want an easy and fun activity with proven health benefits, why not try therapeutic drumming? It’s backed by scientific research and established protocols. It’s great for clarity, stress relief, focusing or ADD/ADHD issues, corporate team building, corporate wellness, youth empowerment programs, mindfulness training, and more! No musical experience necessary! I use hand drums and small percussion instruments and bring everything to you!

Types of classes and workshops:

Special needs classes: Boosts coordination, listening skills, cooperation, self-esteem, and reduces stress, and ADD/ADHD issues (I’m an ADD/ADHD specialist.).

Seniors: Classes for the 55+ crowd! It’s a blast! Boosts clarity, healing, coordination, cognitive function, and creates a sense of community. It also burns calories and boosts the immune system!

Corporate events: Interactive drumming is a great ice-breaker activity! It’s also a great addition to a company’s health and wellness offerings, or as a team-building activity. It brings people together in a unique and fun way!

Schools: Who wouldn’t want to whack on a drum or shake a shaker or tambourine?! Special programs for students, teachers, at-risk students, etc. Great at exam time, during a teacher work day, or as a fun surprise! It also improves academic performance and behavior! Can be combined with an inspirational talk, youth empowerment program, or with ADD/ADHD training. See my speaker page for more info.

Churches: Drumming from a Christian perspective. Classes or workshops can be combined with a theme, a talk, or with scripture references. Great motivation, encouragement, and fun for church groups, retreats, or conferences. Music and yes, even drumming is mentioned throughout the Bible. I play percussion in my church band, have a certificate in Christian counseling, and I’m a Stephen Minister. Drumming can be incorporated into a healing service as well.

Non-profits: Classes, workshops, or special events. Have drums, will travel. Great for stress relief, healing, self-esteem, empowerment, and for “at-risk populations.”

Private sessions: For kids and adults. Sessions are tailored to the individual’s needs and can include business, success, ADHD coaching, or Christian counseling. Virtual sessions also available.

Private drum lessons on the drum pad, snare, or full drum set are offered on Fridays at Joyful Sounds Academy of Music and Art in downtown Fuquay-Varina, NC. Also teach bongos, congas, Djembe, and the drum set from my home (or yours!). Virtual lessons also possible.

I have trained with Health Rhythms, Drums and Disabilties, Onye Onyemaechi, and the American Association of Christian Counselors. I also play percussion in a rockin’ church band, I’m a professional percussionist, and I’m known as “Dori the Drum Chick.”

Upcoming Events and Classes

FREE monthly therapeutic drumming classes at the Fuquay-Varina Community Center!
Feel the Beat (ages 4-7): Monday, 2/4, 3/4, and 4/1 from 10:15-10:45am

Healing Rhythms (ages 55+): Monday, 2/4, 3/4, and 4/1 from 11am – noon

Good Vibrations (ages 8-12): Thurs., 2/7, 3/7, and 4/4 from 4:30-5:15pm.

Cool Rhythms (special needs class for ages 11 to adult): Tues., 2/12, Wed. 3/13, and Wed., 4/10 from 5 -5:45pm

Pre-registration is required for these classes. You can sign up for one date or all of them. Class size minimum is 5. To register: 1) Click here, 2) Set up account, and 3) Enter name of class in search bar or you can call the Center at 919-552-1430.

Special Needs Classes in Cary (not free): Every Wed. In Feb., from 4-4:45 for ages 11 and up at the Page-Walker Arts and History Center. Contact or 919-462-3963 to sign up.

Instruments provided. No experience necessary. Tell a friend!

“Dori, you rock!! Your enthusiasm and passion are evident and contagious. I wanted to take a moment to let you know how much I appreciate your tireless work to help people achieve their highest potential. The drumming is great and has helped immensely. Doing the drumming regularly has helped my son heal from a very serious injury that was sustained on the football field and has helped me as well. However, it is you and your innate perception of people that sets you apart. I can’t think of anyone better the help guide a person in their journey of building a better business and life for themselves. ~ Kim B., Clinton, NC

I so appreciate you offering me the opportunity to play, for the first time in public, the drum I made last summer. You have a unique ability to empower your students to let down their guard and play freely and authentically without fear of being judged or criticized. It was an unexpected gift and an experience that I have taken with me into other areas of my life. Thank you! Keep on rockin’, Dori! ~ Leigh S. Raleigh

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Therapeutic Drumming: Articles and Research

Health Rhythm Program and Research
Rhythm Research Resources
10 Health Reasons to Start Drumming
Drumming Benefits for Kids with Autism
Music and Drums Can Ease Depression