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Lesson 01

Go-Go Beats & Variations

Lesson 16

New Applications of the Steve Gadd Mozambique

Lesson 17

The Academy Lessons are the new, more advanced material that I’ve been developing. This is the material that I would be presenting in my next DVD, but I will be presenting it here exclusively to my SMDA community. The topics covered in the Academy Lessons cover various topics that students have been asking me about over the years. Each Academy Lesson is accompanied with a Written Lesson, so each lesson is like a chapter of my next DVD with an accompanying pdf booklet to go with it.

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Written Lessons

Academy Lesson 1 - Buzz Rolls

Academy Lesson 7 - Brush Flurries

Academy Lesson 14 - Flam Sextuplets

Each video lesson has an accompanying written lesson that goes deeper and more fully explains the concepts I am teaching. I’ve also created many additional written lessons and worksheets to help you develop your own creativity to help apply new concepts and ideas to your own playing. You’ll find well over 220 pages full of lessons ranging from Bonham, to Brazilian to Elvin as well as some of my own practice regimens

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Logging into the Stanton Moore Drum Academy is as close as you can get to taking a trip to New Orleans and hanging with Stanton himself as he walks you through literally hundreds of concepts that you can apply immediately to your drumming and musicianship. In addition to explaining and demonstrating advanced phrases and fills, Stanton breaks down the basics. If you want to know about the roots of U.S. Drumming all the way to to the future of drumset artistry, SMDA is the place to be!

Steve Smith - Drummer

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Fresh Approach to Drum Set

Tour of the Kit

Intro to Fresh Approach: 01

Beginning Independence

Lesson 3B


Lesson 12B

The Fresh Approach to Drumset Lessons are categorized to appeal to beginner, intermediate and advanced students to satisfy all skill levels. The provided content is the most comprehensive drum-set education program in the industry today! Together Mark Wessels and I have created a comprehensive video library of content that is geared for all drummers. The 34 video lessons included in this library of content are beneficial to every drummer from every level. This is program is world-class instruction, but also makes learning fun and engaging. Additional resources for each lesson are also available in Book (physical & PDF) and Audio (CD & mp3). These links are included at the end of each lesson.

I've been a big fan of Stanton's playing ever since the first Galactic record back in the mid 90's. In any musical situation I've heard him play, Stanton plays with a deep soulful pocket drenched in the influences of the great groove drummers but also instantly recognizable as his own. It's very rare when a gifted musician is also a clear and inspiring teacher. The way Stanton is able to deconstruct legendary grooves from classic recordings is inspiring. The Stanton Moore Drum Academy is a continuation of his deep insight into the world of groove drumming and his great approach to teaching. Any drummer would love these lessons referencing the lineage, history and influence of the deep pocket players as well as Stanton's own style.

Shawn Pelton - Professional Studio Drummer & Percussionist, SNL, Billy Joel, Elton John, Johnny Cash & many more...

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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.

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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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




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.

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

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

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

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