So you want to begin your child’s drum training at home and are not sure if that is a good idea?
Well, we think it is and we love that you want to encourage your child this way!
If your child loves the drums and you are just not quite ready to make the investment into a full drum set – there are several creative ways you can begin their training at home. By integrating a home based drum lesson plan you can save money and really evaluate your child’s level on interested before you make an investment into expensive drum lessons.
To get started with having your child learn the drums at home the first thing you need to do is find a kids drum set that is appropriate for their age range. For really young children practicing without real drums is a great way to get them acclimated to the feeling of playing drums and to learn the dexterity that is needed to hold the drum sticks.
These tips focus on kids in the 5-12 year old range and you should be able to find some drum sets for this age range that can hold up for a few years and grow with them as they learn new skills.
When you bring the drum set home your child will be all excited to get started – so let the jam session begin. They will begin to explore the different drum sounds, the symbols, and if you get a set that has foot controls they will begin to test those out as well.
This is a good way to just let them explore and engage themselves. No rules, no plans no lessons – just kids being kids.
But it is important that you keep up with how they are using the drums and what they are doing with them. Every child is different – you may find your child after a few days is completely done with the drums, others will show signs of frustration that they are not improving while others will be hyper-focused and take it upon themselves to learn and improve.
If you find your child seems to be losing interest, it could be because they are not really making music but just a bunch of sounds that have no real magic to it. This could just be frustrating them and making them want to quit.
Don’t let them quit that fast!
Unfortunately, with younger kids they don’t realize the amount of hard work that goes in to making music. That is where mom and dad come in! It is important for your children to understand that becoming a drummer takes time, practice, and dedication to perfecting this art form.
Maybe talk to them about the backgrounds of drummers they love. Let them know how many years their favorite drummers sacrificed to become as good as they are. Let them meet with a local musician and talk to them about how many hours they practice and how much work is involved.
I know it sounds crazy, but kids listen to other people! This may be just what they need to hear to understand the level of education and practice they need to become the best drummer they can be.
So now we are going to outline some ideas that may help your child maintain their interest in drums so they can become a better drummer.
- Never make your child feel that playing the drums is a chore. They should be doing this because they want to and because you believe they can. If you force them to play for a certain amount of time or practice more than their age can handle, they will lose interest quickly.
- Choose songs for them to try and play that they really like. Ask them to list five songs that they love that they think have a really good drum beat – but help them select songs that have a slower beat. If they try to play along with a song that has a drum beat that is too fast they may get frustrated. Play those songs and let them play along – encourage them to listen to the beat and the sounds to try and emulate.
- Be encouraging! Your support is critical to helping them feel the confidence they need to make this a successful endeavor. Sit side by side with them and play along side, make this a bonding opportunity.
- Be sure to protect their hearing with a great pair of earplugs or ear headphones.
- Jump on YouTube and inspire your child by showing them videos of kids their age who are defying the odds of those who say “they are too young” to learn the drums! Watching peers do what they want to accomplish can greatly inspire them to be the best they can be.
A great resource for kids that are interested in drumming is a program called FUNdamentals™ of Drumming for Kids which offers your child teaching techniques that are close to what they may learn in elementary school. It teaches drum theory in unique ways like using flash cards, clapping, counting and more. This program is meant to teach them the history of the drums, the different types of drums that exist and so much more about the culture of the drum world. Having this background will greatly help them achieve their long term goals to play the drums to the best of their abilities.
So, what is your next step? Do you already have a child that loves drums and is showing a true interest or do you have an already involved little drummer in your home? We would love to hear your story!