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Stanton Moore Drum Academy

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Learn my most advanced drum techniques and latest thinking on how to make rapid progress on the drums. I cover advanced grooves, fills, and patterns as well as my approach to buzz rolls, brushes, warm-up routines. I also dive deep into my most common sticking patterns that can be applied to funk, jazz, rock, afro-beat, and many other genres.

Written Lessons

Each video lesson has a written lesson that goes deeper and more fully explains the concepts I am teaching. I’ve also created many new lessons to help you develop your own creativity to apply my patterns and ideas to your own playing. You’ll find well over 200 pages full of lessons ranging from Bonham, to Brazillian to Elvin and my own practice routines

Fresh Approach to Drum Set

Just starting out? My Fresh Approach video series includes "Over 9 hours of video lessons aimed to help beginner to intermediate level drummers.

Stanton is the Captain Crunch Decoder Ring of New Orleans Drumming for drummers not from New Orleans.  His deep knowledge of who, what, where, when, why and most of all the “how to” of New Orleans drumming comes through in everything he teaches. 

Jamie Northington - Drummer

I've been studying from Stanton's book for years. I've found them to be invaluable in increasing my knowledge and skills with regards to learning New Orleans influenced styles of funk, jazz, rock as well as, of course 2nd line rhythms.

Mark Thies - Student

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Academy Lessons

Along with Fresh Approach, this section adds to a video library of 285 lessons (and growing), which include my latest thoughts on how to improve your drumming. Here you’ll find how to improve your buzz rolls, apply rudiments around the kit in musical ways, fill development, brushes new grooves, and tons more.

Fresh Approach to Drumset

34 in-depth video lessons from the book Fresh Approach to Drumset are available for streaming. This video series takes you from beginner through intermediate levels and also covers advanced topics. Working through this video lesson series will provide you with a solid foundation you can carry in any direction you want.


Create your own drumming profile on SMDA and discuss drumming with students worldwide. My students are teaching each other things all the time and there is a great positive community. There are new discussions being community generated in our forum on a daily basis.

Beat of the Month

Subscribers can submit 15 second clips of themselves playing one of their favorite beats. Each month, I’ll select one beat, post it and also post a video of me playing my version of the same beat.

Monthly Chat

Join me each month for a live chat where subscribers submit questions and I answer them in real time.

Stanton Moore is a GRAMMY award-winning artist, teacher and performer. Born and raised in New Orleans, Stanton Moore is a dedicated drummer, performer and educator especially connected to the city, its culture and collaborative spirit. In the early ‘90s, Moore helped found the New Orleans-based essential funk band Galactic who continue to amass a worldwide audience via recording and touring globally.

Moore launched his solo career in 1998. He has 9 records under his own name with the most current being "With You In Mind: The Songs of Allen Toussaint".

Throughout his 25 year career, Moore has played and or recorded with a diverse group of artists including Maceo Parker, Joss Stone, Irma Thomas, Leo Nocentelli and George Porter (of the Meters),Tom Morello (of Rage Against the Machine), Corrosion of Conformity, Donald Harrison Jr., Nicholas Payton, Trombone Shorty, Skerik, Charlie Hunter, Robert Walter, Will Bernard, Ivan Neville, Anders Osborne and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. He has also appeared numerous times on the Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O'brien and Seth Meyers late night TV night shows.

With a bachelor’s degree in music and business from Loyola University, Moore stays involved in education by constantly presenting clinics and teaching master classes and private lessons all over the world. He has released two book and three video projects. His book Groove Alchemy was picked by Modern Drummer as one of the top 25 instructional drum books of all time. To continue with his passion for teaching and to become more closely connected with his students, he recently launched his own online drum academy, StantonMooreDrumAcademy.com.

He's an encyclopedia of musical history, New Orleans and otherwise, and he brings that knowledge to bear in educating his students about drumming. 

Charlie San Miguel - Student

Stanton is not only a gifted drummer but a very gifted teacher as well. At the end of just three days with Stanton my drumming improved by 100%

Fred - Student




You’ll be able to order Groove Alchemy and Take it to the Street books and DVDs as well as Fresh Approach books at a discount you won’t find anywhere else.


You’ll benefit from reserved seating at Stanton’s public clinics and discounts on private master classes.


Book a lesson with a certified SMDA private instructor and even Stanton himself. Improve your skills with personal one-on-one or Skype lessons from Stanton Moore and other certified teachers of the Drum Academy. Private and Skype lesson are subject to availability based on gig and touring schedules.

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$19 Per Month
  • Access to all current and future Academy and Fresh Approach Video Lessons
  • Ask Stanton and the community anything in the SMDA forum
  • Impromptu mini-lesson videos uploaded by Stanton
  • Ability to submit your own beats to Beat of the Month contest
  • Member discounts on gear, books, DVDs, and other merchandise
  • Bonus written and supplemental lessons


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Stanton’s Book with Mark Wessels “A Fresh Approach To The Drum Set” is my new “go to” all around drum set book for teaching...Very happy to say, I have attended all three of Stanton’s great SONO Drum Camps in New Orleans.  

David Clive - Drum and Percussion Instructor, Wagner College of NY

If you are a drummer, and you haven't spent time studying and shedding New Orleans drumming, stop what you doing and get on it cause you are missing the whole foundation. From some someone who has previously studied with Stanton in person, I am really excited that I can continue to learn from him through his new, online teaching program.

Kevin McIntyre

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Awards & Recognition

Take it to the Street

Modern Drummer Reader's poll Best Book of the year 2006

Groove Alchemy

Modern Drummer Reader's poll Best Book & DVD of the year 2011

DRUM! Magazine Reader's poll Best Funk Drummer for 4 years
OffBeat Magazine Reader's Poll Drummer of the year for 6 years

Rhythm Magazine (UK) Reader's Poll Jazz Drummer of the Years

Played on Irma Thomas' After the Rain which won a Grammy