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 Certified 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 a rockin’ church band many years ago that I discovered that:

1) I could really play! I auditioned on percussion (bongos, congas, etc.) without any lessons or performing experience – at age 47! The beats that had been inside my head all these years finally came out!

2) Playing drums helped reduce stress and my ADHD symptoms. I could focus better and it boosted my productivity. This planted the seed and introduced me to the field of drum therapy.

I had been an educational consultant and private tutor since 1995 and I specialized in gifted, talented, and creative kids. I discovered that, for some reason, they were all being labeled ADD/ADHD and/or LD (learning disabled). All had been recommended for stimulants or were already on them. I developed special right-brain learning techniques and a personalized system for success to help with their organizational skills and study skills and added all this to their tutoring sessions – for free.

However, I wanted to know what else was going on. There were clues that indicated that there were underlying issues that were triggering the symptoms. This became an area of research for me that went way beyond the graduate program for gifted education that I was attending at the time. I made some startling discoveries. My findings were confirmed by my referral network of doctors, psychologists, and specialists and we eliminated these triggers. My successful results were reproduced hundreds of times over a period of 20 years. I helped hundreds of kids avoid stimulants and see their potential. That’s the God’s honest truth.

Drum therapy was added much later for the older students, to give them something cool that would help them focus and beat stress, thereby keeping their ADHD symptoms at bay. It worked amazingly well!

In 2013, I switched gears and Next Stage Drumming was born. It was originally an add-on to my existing business but was so well-received (and so much fun!) that it recently became my main business.

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 medical 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 (This program uses drum sticks and drum pads.). Sometimes I do classes and events that are just for fun.

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