About

Are you ready to rise up and rock?!

My mission is to help kids and adults focus, feel better, and find their joy – with drumming! It can also help you beat anxiety and stress so you can break free from what’s holding you back!

I’m Dori Staehle, MBA. I’m a Certified Drum Therapist, drum teacher, ADHD specialist, professional percussionist, motivational speaker, author, and owner of Next Stage Drumming.

I’ve been fascinated by and addicted to rhythm since I was a kid. I tapped on everything. I heard beats in my head all the time! I still do! I started with dance and finally got to drum much later in life. I was 47 when I auditioned for a church band on percussion (bongos, congas, shakers, tambourine, chimes, etc.).

It was then that I discovered that hand drumming helped beat stress and ADHD issues and improved productivity. I Googled drum therapy and discovered that this field really did exist and it’s backed by science and loads of medical research. Ten years ago, I became a Certified Drum Therapist with Drums and Disabilities and later trained with Health Rhythms.

Most days you will find me traveling with a load of drums in the back of my car, heading out to teach group classes. I also work with private clients from my home. I incorporate some mentoring and motivation in everything I do. I love to help people see possibilities and their God-given potential!

I started with one drum and a dream: To share the joy and healing power of drumming. I now have enough hand drums and percussion instruments for 50 people. I’ve worked with all ages, including seniors and special needs, and love combining drumming with a talk, workshop, or special program.

What made me walk away from 20 years of educational consulting and tutoring and coaching gifted, talented, and creative kids with ADHD traits and booking bands? I was involved in a freak accident in 2011. It was drumming and some amazing Divine Intervention that helped me heal. My life was forever changed.

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 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