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If you are an international customer (anyone outside the US) there is an additional $20 shipping charge for course materials. Once you have purchased the course, a separate invoice for the shipping fees will be sent to you.

"I want to say again how much and how thankful I am to have the opportunity to teach Drums Alive. My seniors are enjoying Golden Beats. We laugh and have the best time....Thank you, this class has truly been a blessing."

C. Nowell of Georgia

  • Golden Beats challenges the boundaries of age by improving levels of balance, gait, functionality and the quality of life for older adults. Inspire participants to reject the notion that becoming older means becoming sedentary and begin aging gracefully with Golden Beats.

  • Golden Beats provides a way to improve motivation, fitness adherence, and has enhanced older individuals’ lives. Healthy active adults who are mentally, physically, emotionally, and socially engaged will enjoy independence, live longer, and enjoy a higher quality of life. George Burns says it best, “You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.”

  • Teach with confidence. Drums Alive is research- and evidence-based. We continually work with universities around the world to prove and improve its effectiveness. This enables Golden Beats classes access to grant and government funding.

Do you have what it takes to lead a successful Drums Alive Golden Beats class?

In order to effectively teach Golden Beats there are 3 basic rules. If you can emphatically say "YES" to the following, put on your hat, grab your drumsticks, and hold on tight, this is going to be a fantastic ride!

  • You MUST love older adults.

  • You must be knowledgeable about the aging body.

  • You must be passionate about helping your participants improve their physical, cognitive, social, and emotional health.

Course curriculum

  • 1
    Welcome to the course!
    • Your Shipping Information
    • Proof Of Drums Alive Basic Completion
    • Introduction
    • How is Golden Beats different from Drums Alive Basic?
    • What you Get!
    • Before we begin...
  • 2
    Disclaimer and Instructor Agreement
    • Disclaimer
    • Instructor Agreement
    • Instructor Agreement
  • 3
    Chapter 1: Introduction to the Drums Alive® Golden Beats Program
    • 60 is the new 40!
    • Aspects that contribute to a healthy and happy lifestyle as we age:
    • DRUMS ALIVE® PHILOSOPHY
    • Improvements will come through:
    • POSITIVE EFFECTS OF EXERCISE, MOVEMENT & DRUMMING
    • GOALS & OBJECTIVES OF THE GOLDEN BEATS PROGRAM
    • Chapter 1: Practical Assignments
    • The Drums Alive Difference! by Hachya Franklin
    • Chapter 1 Quiz
  • 4
    Chapter 2: COMPONENTS OF A SUCCESSFUL GOLDEN BEATS PROGRAM
    • The rules
    • It's about the balance
    • ESSENTIAL PRINCIPLES OF THE DRUMS ALIVE® PROGRAM
    • QUALITIES OF A DRUMS ALIVE® - GOLDEN BEATS INSTRUCTOR
    • ELEMENTS & SAFETY PRECAUTIONS OF THE GOLDEN BEATS PROGRAM
    • Appropriate Equipment
    • Safe Environment
    • Appropriate Music
    • Class Design and Class Structure
    • Class Delivery  / Sound Teaching Skills
    • Apply Safe Yet Effective Movement and Drumming Skills
    • Monitor Your Class Often
    • Maintaining Class Control - How to maintain control of the class?
    • Be Prepared for Medical Emergencies
    • Chapter 2: Practical Assignments
    • Chapter 2 Quiz
  • 5
    Chapter 3: Exercise and Older Adults
    • Why don’t older adults exercise?
    • Why should older adults exercise?
    • Differentiation of age groups
    • Considerations when working with the older adult population
    • Organic changes to consider as we age
    • Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
    • Identifying the Five Levels of Functionality:
    • Contraindications to Aerobic Exercise
    • Practical Assignments
    • Chapter 3 Quiz
  • 6
    Chapter 4: Music and Emotion
    • Intro
    • Physiological effects of sound and music
    • Benefits of Music
    • Music, Movement and Emotion
    • Chapter 4: Practical Assignments
    • Chapter 4 Quiz
  • 7
    Chapter 5: Drumming and Fitness
    • Introduction
    • Drumming  and Brain Wave Activity
    • Drumming is High Performance Sport for the Brain
    • Beating Chronic Illness
    • Wellness Drumming - Remo Inc.
    • Drumming  and Therapy
    • Drumming As Fitness?
    • Drums Alive® Golden Beats Research Studies
    • Stress--A Component Of Many Diseases
    • Depression and Burnout
    • Chapter 5: Practical Assignments
    • Chapter 5 Quiz
  • 8
    Chapter 6: Golden Beats and Brain Body Fitness
    • The Brain Responds Like A Muscle – “Use It Or Lose It”! 
    • Why Exercise?
    • Neurotransmitters
    • Active older adults think  faster
    • Objectives:
    • How is the Mind Body Brain Connection achieved?
    • Things to Avoid
    • The Importance of Social Interactions 
    • Stay Connected!!!
    • Chapter Six - Practical Assignments - Brain Beats!
    • Chapter 6 Quiz
  • 9
    Chapter 7: Physiological Fundamentals of Sport for the Elderly
    • Definition of Age and Aging
    • Aging
    • General features of advanced age
    • The aging of organs
    •  The heart
    • The lungs
    • The liver
    • The skin
    • The skeletal muscles
    • Cartilage and bones
    • Selected studies
    • Effects of Weight Training in Old Age
    • Successful aging
    • Performance and Trainability in Old Age
    • Basic questions / points for training with older people
    • Digression: Identifying the maximum endurance capability (exercise limit)
    • Trainability for strength
    • Trainability for movement
    • Trainability for coordinating capabilities
    • SUMMARY
    • Chapter Seven - Practical Assignments
    • Chapter 7 Quiz
  • 10
    Chapter 8: Golden Beats Class Design
    • Introduction
    • Formation Work
    • General Guidelines for a Golden Beats Class
    • Tips for teaching Golden Beats
    • Tips for use of voice and cuing
    • Adding Modifications
    • Cuing tips for Golden Beats
    • Socialization Tips – How to encourage socialization in your class – before, during & after
    • Research Shows Hand-Clapping Songs Improve Motor and Cognitive Skills
    • RHYTHM & CLAPPING GAME - "1, 2, 3"  
    • When do you sit and when do you stand?
    • Sensory Motor / Coordination / Balance
    • Fall Prevention Measures
    • Warm Up Phase
    • Cultural Drumming
    • Cardiovascular Drumming
    • Circle Choreography
    • Cardiovascular Drumming Choreography
    • Drumming FUN!!!
    • Rhythmical Drumming
    • Advanced Drumming Skills
    • Drumming Strong
    • Socialization + Drumming Fun Choreography 
    • Wellness Drumming
    • Cool Down Phase
    • Relaxation
    • Chapter Eight:  Practical Assignments
    • Chapter 8 Quiz
  • 11
    Skills and Examples
    • Warming Up - Mobilization
    • EYE HAND COORDINATION - FIT CLIXX SKILLS
    • BALANCE, COORDINATION & PROPRIOCEPTION TRAINING
    • BALANCE & VESTIBULAR EXERCISES - BALL ONLY SKILLS
    • DRUMMING STRONG & BALANCE SKILLS
    • BALANCE DRUMMING IN SPLIT BALL POSITION
    • SPLIT BALL DRUMMING
    • DRUM TO THE FRONT, THE BACK AND WITH ROTATION
    • OVERHEAD CLICKS AND SQUAT FRONT BALL
    • LUNGE FLOOR BEATS
    • SKI & DRUM
    • DRUMMING STRONG SKILLS FOR ADVANCED CLIENTS
    • CHOREOGRAPY COMBINATION DRUMMING & MOVEMENT
    • Golden Beats Sitting to Standing Workout DVD + CD
    • Create Your Own Class Design
    • Golden Beats Class Design
    • Golden Beats Choreographies - Based on Songs from the Drums Alive Golden Beats Vol. 2 CD
  • 12
    Final Exam
    • You're almost there!
    • Final Exam
  • 13
    ACE credits survey
    • Survey introduction
    • ACE review survey

PLEASE NOTE

This course requires a prequisite

Please remember, this course requires that you complete the Drums Alive Basic course, either in person or online, before access the curriculum of the Golden Beats Course. Upon entering the course you will be asked to submit either a picture of your Basic certificate or the date and location of your completion to be approved by a course administrator before proceeding into the course.

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"There are many fitness programs out there that make claims that 'anybody can do their programs'. I haven't found a more accessible and engaging brain & body program for literally all ages and abilities than Drums Alive!" ~ H. Franklin, Arkansas

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