Parents play an important role in drum lessons for kids. Help your child be successful with these tips from music teacher James W…
If you’re lucky enough to have a child who is blessed with a gift for music, then you should do what you can to nurture that talent. What’s most important for kids, however, is interest. If your child expresses an interest in drum lessons, do what you can to help him or her follow this passion.
The Best Time to Start
What’s the best time to start drum lessons for kids? While this answer may vary, children have an amazing capacity to learn when they’re young. A child’s mind is like a sponge, and even at a young age, your child has the ability to absorb a lot of information. Age five and up is generally a great time to begin drum lessons for kids. Regardless of your child’s age, however, if he or she is interested in drums, the best time for him or her to start may be right now!
Find the Right Teacher
Find a teacher who has experience teaching drum lessons for kids. You can search for registered teachers through TakeLessons. You may have to try a couple of teachers before you find the right one, but it’s important to make sure your child has a good rapport with his or her teacher.
Encourage Your Child
It’s very important to encourage your drum student. Allow your son or daughter to learn at his or her own pace. Praise your child, and do your best to inspire him or her to keep working hard. Make your child feel good about playing drums—this will keep your son or daughter from getting discouraged, and motivate him or her to practice.
Start Slow to Build Confidence
Starting off slow will help your child develop self-esteem, and keep him or her from getting discouraged. Encourage your child to learn four beats, or one or two bars of music at a time.
Once your son or daughter masters this initial lesson, it’s on to the next bar of music, and so on. Remember to praise him or her along the way. Your child is now ready to tackle some simple beats, and can eventually move on to more complex rhythms.
Most importantly, make sure your child is having fun! Check in with your son or daughter to gauge his or her level of enjoyment. If your child is having fun, he or she is much more likely to practice and continue playing.
Make practice more fun for your son or daughter with these easy drum songs for kids!
James W. started playing drums when he was 12 years old. He teaches guitar, singing, and acting lessons in Jacksonville, FL. He specializes in teaching pop, rock, and modern country styles. James has been teaching for 10 years and joined the TakeLessons team in 2010. Learn more about James here!
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