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Drumming Classes and Events

Drumming classes, events,
and virtual programs for kids, adults, and organizations!

A hand drumming class or event is a great way for your group, company, or family to beat stress and have some fun! These are just fun classes with some therapeutic elements thrown in, not drum therapy sessions, which go deeper. We always close out with a rockin’ tune that fits the age group or event!

Hand drums are provided for in-person classes and events. Social distancing will be observed. Drums are always disinfected!

For virtual classes and events: You can just tap on your legs, your desk, a drum pad, or whatever you have handy. You’ll learn easy beats and rhythms and fun exercises to help you focus and reduce anxiety and stress, while boosting healing and your immune system. Some mentoring, encouragement, affirmations, and fun homework assignments will be included. I offer different themes at different times. Contact me if you’d like to set something up for your group or organization!

Hand Drumming & Fitness Classes sponsored by the town of Fuquay-Varina.

You must pre-register with the town (instructions below) but you don’t need to be a resident of Fuquay-Varina to attend. Classes are in-person at the Fuquay-Varina Community Center. Face masks are now optional.

Upcoming classes:
Healing Rhythms: FREE hand drumming class for seniors (55 and up). Mon., 9/12, 9/26, 10/3, 10/17, 11/7, 11/21, 12/5, and 12/19, from 11am-noon. Drums provided. No musical experience necessary. This is easy drumming for health and wellness, not a drum lesson. Registration link:
Fitness Drumming: FREE fitness class for ages 55 and up.  Tues., 9/6, 9/20/10/4, 10/18, 11/8, 11/22, 12/6, and 12/20, from 10-10:45am.  We’ll be drumming on exercise balls to some of your favorite tunes! It’s low impact with some easy stretches included. All materials provided. Bring a water bottle and wear comfy clothes and sneakers!  Registration link:

Cool Rhythms (special needs, ages 11 and up): Wed., 9/14, 10/12, 11/26, 12/14, from 4:30-5:15pm. Therapeutic drumming class using hand drums to help with focusing, hyperactivity, coordination, cooperation, listening skills, and brain integration. Hand drums provided or you can bring your own. Cost: $3 per class for residents and $5 per class for non-residents. Registration link:

No musical experience necessary! If you can count, you can drum!

Contact me if interested in these classes or if you have any questions! I mix up the themes. I could also do in-person classes at Evangel Church in Fuquay-Varina, NC. We need at least 5 people to sign up for each series. Classes for kids and teens would be shorter in length and at a lower price. Contact me for more info!

Cary classes for special needs, ages 11 and up:

Good Vibrations: Tues., Oct. 4, 11, 18, & 25, 4-4:45pm: Fee: $54 (Resident); $70 (Non-Resident) Therapeutic drumming class using hand drums and percussion instruments to help with focusing, hyperactivity, coordination, cooperation, listening skills, and brain integration. Class is most beneficial for those with moderate needs. Class is taught by Dori Staehle, certified drum therapist and owner of Next Stage Drumming. Drums provided. Only a few spots left! Click here to register:

Special events:

Healing Drums: Saturday, Nov. 19th, 3-4:30pm. Lune Spark Creativity Center, 3651 Green Level W Rd, Suite 102, Apex, NC, $10 per person.

Rescheduled event at the new creativity center in Apex called Lune Spark! Learn techniques that beat anxiety and stress and improve focus! Only 10 seats per session – hand drums will be provided. No musical experience necessary! Let’s rock! Ages 6-adult.

Group #1: 3-3:30pm: Ticket link:

Group #2: 4-4:30pm: Ticket link:

Drum Ministry at Evangel Church:

Wellness Drumming (men, women, and teens): Thurs., Oct.20th , from 3:30-4:30pm in the ECHO Center behind Evangel Church, 201 Meadow Dr., Fuquay-Varina, NC. Fee: $20. Hand drums provided or you can bring your own. No drumming experience required. For more info and to register:


For private events and hand drumming classes, contact me at for more info. Special rates for non-profits.

About me: I’m the only Certified Drum Therapist in North Carolina. I’m affiliated with the world-renown program Drums and Disabilties, I have trained with internationally-known Health Rhythms (developed by neurologist Dr. Barry Bittman, along with Remo Drums), African drummer Onye Onyemaechi, and the American Association of Christian Counselors. I’m also an experienced speaker , a percussionist, drummer, and a Toca percussion artist.

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