For International customers

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.
  • What to expect

    The Drums Alive Basic course will teach you the history and fundamentals of Drums while getting you prepared to teach your own classes.

  • How long will it take?

    We advise students to allow 6-8 hours to complete the online course. You can break it up however you like and start and stop at your own pace.

  • Will I be Graded?

    Each lesson will have a short quiz after the materials and there is a final exam. After all lessons are passed you will instantly receive a certificate of completion.

Continuing Education Credits


Drums Alive’s online Basic course is recognized by the Athletics and Fitness Association of America as an Approved Continuing Education Provider and is approved for 8.0 CEU’s

Drums Alive’s Online Basic course is recognized by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as an Approved Continuing Education Provider and is approved for 0.8 CEU’s

Drums Alive’s Online Basic course is recognized by the American Council of Exercise as an Approved Continuing Education Provider and is approved for 0.8 CEU’s

Course curriculum

  • 1
    Welcome
    • Welcome
  • 2
    Introduction
    • Introduction
    • introduction quiz
  • 3
    Disclaimer and Agreement
    • Disclaimer and agreement
    • Please agree to the Drums Alive Basic Instructor Terms and Agreement
    • Please provide us with your shipping address
  • 4
    Lesson 1: The Drum's Alive Story
    • The Drums Alive Story
    • History of Drums Alive®
    • A Scientifically Researched Program
    • Get Fit - Lose Weight - Get Toned with Drums Alive®
  • 5
    Lesson 2: Drums Alive® Mission, Vision, and Goals
    • Lesson 2: Drums Alive® Mission, Vision, and Goals
    • Improvements will come through:
    • Lesson 2 Quiz
  • 6
    Lesson 3: Drums Alive® and its use of Music and Sound to Enhance Wellness
    • Lesson 3: Drums Alive® and its use of Music and Sound to Enhance Wellness
    • Using Sound as a Tool to Enhance our Human Experience
    • Lesson 3 Quiz
  • 7
    Lesson 4: Music, Rhythm, and Movement
    • Lesson 4: Music, Rhythm, and Movement
    • At least 3 Neurological Processes are Influenced by Music:
    • Rhythm and Movement
    • Lesson 4 Quiz
  • 8
    Lesson 5: Movement Therapy
    • Lesson 5: Movement Therapy
    • Benefits of Dance/Movement Therapy include:
    • Application and use of Music, Sound, Dance/Movement Therapy in Drums Alive Programs:
    • Practical Experience:
    • Lesson 5 Quiz
  • 9
    Lesson 6: Music; Influence and Benefits
    • Lesson 6: Music: Influence and Benefits
    • The Physiological Effects of Sound and Music
    • Benefits of Music
    • Influence of Music
    • Lesson 6 Quiz
  • 10
    Lesson 7: Properties of Music
    • Lesson 7: Properties of Music
    • Tone
    • Time Elements
    • Melody
    • Harmony and Tonality
    • Texture
    • Dynamics
    • Practical Assignment - Learning Music Basics – Drums Alive® Rhythm Cards
    • Teaching Basic Rhythms
    • Lesson 7 Quiz
  • 11
    Lesson 8: Drumming
    • Drumming
    • What happens while drumming?
    • Lesson 8 Quiz
  • 12
    Lesson 9: Effects and Benefits of Drumming
    • Effects and Benefits of Drumming
    • 1. Brain and the Central Nervous System
    • 2. Physiological Effects
    • 3. Immune System
    • 4. Therapy
    • 5. Stress
    • 6. Energy Expenditure
    • 7. Means for Expression and Healing
    • Benefits of Drumming:
    • Practical Experience
    • Lesson 9 Quiz
  • 13
    Lesson 10: Basic Principles of Sports Physiology (Part 1 of 7)
    • Lesson 10: Basic Principles of Sports Physiology (Part 1 of 7)
    • The principle of overcompensation
    • Lesson 10 Quiz
  • 14
    Lesson 11: Basic Principles of Sports Physiology (Part 2 of 7)
    • Lesson 11: Basic Principles of Sports Physiology (Part 2 of 7)
    • Aerobic and Anaerobic energy supplies
    • Lesson 11 Quiz
  • 15
    Lesson 12: Basic Principles of Sports Physiology (Part 3 of 7)
    • Lesson 12: Basic Principles of Sports Physiology (Part 3 of 7)
    • Effects of sympathetic and parasympathetic functions
    • Lesson 12 Quiz
  • 16
    Lesson 13: Basic Principles of Sports Physiology (Part 4 of 7)
    • Lesson 13: Basic Principles of Sports Physiology (Part 4 of 7)
    • stretching techniques
    • Lesson 13 Quiz
  • 17
    Lesson 14: Basic Principles of Sports Physiology (Part 5 of 7)
    • Lesson 14: Basic Principles of Sports Physiology (Part 5 of 7)
    • Lesson 14 Quiz
  • 18
    Lesson 15: Basic Principles of Sports Physiology (Part 6 of 7)
    • Lesson 15: Basic Principles of Sports Physiology (Part 6 of 7)
    • Coordination
    • Lesson 15 Quiz
  • 19
    Lesson 16: Basic Principles of Sports Physiology (Part 7 of 7)
    • Lesson 16: Basic Principles of Sports Physiology (Part 7 of 7)
    • Practical Assignments
    • Lesson 16 Quiz
  • 20
    Lesson 17: Drums Alive Programming
    • Lesson 17: Drums Alive - A Brain and Body Program
    • Exercise Boosts Brain Power
    • Practical Experience for the Brain and Body
    • Lesson 17 Quiz
  • 21
    Lesson 18: Wellness and Creativity
    • Lesson 18: Wellness
    • Practical Experience - Practice "Wellness Beats"
    • Creativity
    • Lesson 18 Quiz
    • Practical Experience for Creativity
  • 22
    Lesson 19: Benefits and Components of Drums Alive®
    • Lesson 19: Benefits and Components of Drums Alive®
    • Components of a Successful Drums Alive® Program
    • Lesson 19 Quiz
  • 23
    Lesson 20: Equipment Required and Safety Tips
    • Lesson 20: Equipment Required and Safety Tips
    • Drumsticks
    • Lesson 20 Quiz
    • _4a_ parts_of_a_drumstick_letter (1)
  • 24
    Lesson 21: Drums Alive Basic Practical Techniques
    • Lesson 21: Drums Alive Basic Practical Techniques
    • Stick Skills
    • Lesson 21 Quiz
  • 25
    Lesson 22: Drums Alive® Basic Drumming Skills and Movements
    • Lesson 22: Drums Alive® Basic Drumming Skills and Movements
    • Basic-Drumming-and-Locomotor-Skills
    • Basic Drumming and Locomotor Skills
    • Basic Locomotor Movements
    • Combined Drumming and Locomotor Movements:
    • Class Formations and Set Up
    • Lesson 22 Quiz
    • Practical Experience - Class Formations
  • 26
    Lesson 23: Drums Alive® Class Design
    • Lesson 23: Drums Alive® Class Design
    • Warm Up
    • Cultural Drumming
    • Power Beats - Cardiovascular Training
    • Drumming Strong
    • Wellness Beats
    • Relax and Stretch
    • KEY POINTS TO REMEMBER!!!
    • Lesson 23 Quiz
  • 27
    Lesson 24: Drums Alive® Choreography
    • Creating and Building Choreography
    • Drums Alive® Simple Choreography- Example
    • Practical Experience - Creating & Building Choreography
    • Lesson 24 Quiz
  • 28
    Lesson 25: Additional Drumming Activities
    • Additional FUN Drumming, Rhythm, Clapping, and Movement Activities
    • Syllables and Drumming
    • Echo / Four Corners
    • Lesson 25 Quiz
  • 29
    Lesson 26: Summary and Additional Trainings
    • Lesson 26: Summary and Additional Trainings
    • Drums Alive Educations and Workshops:
    • References
    • Lesson 26 Quiz
  • 30
    Final Exam
    • Final Exam
    • Final Exam

We are happy to now provide two pricing options

Below you can purchase the course that includes a pair of Drums Alive Drumsticks, a Drums Alive CD and a Drums Alive DVD for $285. We highly recommend this option if you do not already have a pair of Drumsticks or Drums Alive CD for your practice and trainings. If you already have a pair of Drum Sticks and Drums Alive CD you can choose the $255 option which comes with just the Drums Alive DVD. 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.

With Full Materials

Without Drums Alive Drumsticks and CD