Therapeutic Drumming, Drum Lessons, and Drum Ministry

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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 (and Divine Intervention) helped me heal after a freak accident which triggered a rare disease. I am now totally fine! It is my mission and Divine Assignment to use drumming and encouragement to help kids and adults focus, feel better, and find their joy so they can rock the next stage of their lives.

This is not African, tribal, or Shamanic drumming and it’s not a drum lesson (although I do offer those. See below.) or a 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’m known as Dori the Drum Chick! I use hand drums and small percussion instruments and bring everything to you! Virtual sessions available as well!

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. I help kids and adults who are hurting or feel invisible. This is part of my drumming ministry. Presently seeking sponsors to help fund some of these programs or for individual scholarships. Contact me, if interested.

Private sessions: For kids and adults. Sessions are tailored to the individual’s needs and include special drumming techniques to obtain the desired outcomes. Virtual sessions also available. Side effects include spontaneous laughter and fun, decreased stress, and increased joy.

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, as well as private drum therapy sessions. Virtual lessons also possible. I have students of all ages, including special needs. They’re all rockin’ it!

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 and I’m a professional percussionist who has played with local bands and international artists. I’m also a Toca Percussion artist and I proudly endorse Toca products.

Upcoming Events and Classes

FREE monthly hand drumming classes at the Fuquay-Varina Community Center!
Feel the Beat (ages 4-7): Monday, 4/1, 5/6, 6/3, 7/1, and 8/5 from 10:15-10:45am

Healing Rhythms (ages 55+): Monday, 4/1, 5/6, 6/3, 7/1, and 8/5 from 11am – noon

Good Vibrations (ages 8-12): Thurs., 4/4, 5/2, 6/6, 7/11, and 8/1 from 4:30-5:15pm.

Cool Rhythms (special needs class for ages 11 to adult): Wed., 4/10, 5/8, 6,12, 7/10, and 8/14 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.

Instruments provided for all classes, events, and private sessions. 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

Contact me for more info or for bookings!

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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