Rhythm has the unique power to connect people from all different backgrounds, races, religions, ages, and socio-economic backgrounds. Using simple beats and rhythms, my mission is to help people connect with their personal rhythm and each other. Drumming helps people find their joy! I’ve also seen it transform lives.

I’m Dori Staehle, MBA. I’m a drum therapist, drum teacher, percussionist, ADHD specialist, and owner of Next Stage Drumming. I’ve been fascinated by and addicted to rhythm since I was a kid. It wasn’t until I auditioned for the rockin’ band at my church 13 years ago that I discovered that:

1) I could really play percussion and drums! No lessons, just natural rhythm. I can play just about any style of music and now I teach others.

2) Playing drums helped reduce stress and my ADHD symptoms. I could focus better and it boosted my productivity.

I started out as an educational consultant and private tutor. In 1998, after working with many bright and creative kids who were recommended for stimulants, I solved the ADHD puzzle and found the pieces that others missed.

It started out as a hunch, which became a theory called The Gifted/ADHD Connection which was later solidified after working with hundreds of students. I discovered many underlying issues causing the symptoms. My extensive network of doctors, psychologists, and other specialists confirmed my observations and we were able to keep these kids off of stimulants.

What was the #1 trigger for ADHD symptoms among my students that set off a chain reaction? Stress. What’s one way to literally beat stress? Drumming! I Googled drum therapy and found training programs, including the Health Rhythms Program which was developed by neurologist Dr. Barry Bittman, in conjunction with the Remo drum company.

In 2013, I started Next Stage Drumming to help people focus, feel better, find their joy, and move forward FAST! I’ve since drummed with hundreds of people from corporate types in shirts and ties to stressed out entrepreneurs, special needs kids, seniors, and even at-risk kids and women who needed a boost. I’ve also helped people suffering from emotional issues such as anxiety, PTSD, and depression. I combine my training in Christian counseling when needed.

I have enough hand drums and percussion instruments for 50 people. It’s not African or Shamanic drumming and this ain’t your Mama’s drum circle. It’s also not a performance. Participants drum with me. It’s drum therapy – with a rock twist – and it’s loads of fun! It’s backed by science and loads of research. I have training with Health Rhythms and Drums and Disabilities, which are both internationally known. I am a Certified Drum Therapist with Drums and Disabilities and I’m on their Advisory Board.

Drumming and Divine Intervention also helped me heal after a freak accident in 2011. I asked God for a way to help me heal so I could help others and the message I received was “I already did. Use the drums.” In 2 weeks, I was completely fine. I mention the full story in my book, Find Your Divine Rhythm: A Creative’s Success Formula and I’ve shared it countless times in my talks, on podcasts, and in my drumming classes. I’m now also a Toca Percussion artist!

I decided that I didn’t want to just move onto the Next Stage of my life, I wanted to rock it and help others do the same!

For more info or to book me for speaking or drumming, click here.

Some testimonials:

Dori has an amazing ability to capture the minds and hearts of young people! I had Dori bring her talents to a group of at-risk youth who were living in some very challenging circumstances. She was able to get their attention and get them working together in a weekly drumming session. By helping them to get focused and to relieve some stress, we were better able to work with them in the entrepreneurial projects they were working on. The kids looked forward to Dori’s sessions, and we were delighted to work with her. ~ Sheyenne Kraemer, Triangle Business Alliance, Raleigh, NC

Dori, you gave me my rhythm back! You have given me the tools to push me towards greater success. I am doing much better with the system you have taught me and I’m so proud of what I have accomplished! ~ Anita B., Apex, NC

Dori’s sense of humor, creativity, and enthusiasm are contagious! We appreciated her weaving her story into her presentation as well as incorporating her music into her program! All of that combined made for a fun, out of the box, and thought-provoking event! I would highly recommend her for any type of speaking and or music engagement! ~Andrea Morrison, CAHEC, Raleigh, NC