“Music fathoms the sky.” - Charles Baudelaire
A large number of young children in the UK are learning how to play musical instruments. If your child wants to play the drums, you should consider getting them lessons.
Children can’t really teach themselves how to play a musical instrument as they need to learn the basics of playing a musical instrument and they don't know how to do this on their own.
There are several options available for children who want to learn. They can opt for private tutorials, attend a music school, join a group, or even attend a conservatoire.
In this article, we’re going to have a look at the different ways for children to learn how to play the drums and some of the advantages of each method.
Learning to Play the Drums with Private Tutorials for Children
A child, no matter what their age, can easily get a private tutor to help them play the drums with tailored lessons.
Private lessons are available for plenty of different instruments such as the violin, the saxophone, classical guitar, and even the drums. This is great for young aspiring drummers!
From the second they start learning about music, they'll probably want to start drumming on everything they see!
Check out our guide to kids drum sets.
The advantage of private tutorials is that the tutor is dedicated to their learning. Your child is the only student in class and has no other choice but to learn. This is a great way for them to quickly improve and ensure that the child remains motivated.
It’s also very practical for the parents as the tutor can come to your house. You don’t need to run around getting them ready for their lesson and taking them to it.
Since there’s no curriculum set in stone, they can learn exactly what they want to and learn to play the songs they like. The joy of playing and can help ensure they remain enthusiastic about their playing.
As you’ve probably understood, the private tutor needs to get along with your child. You need to hope they like one another. With this in mind, you should probably take some time when choosing the right tutor for your child.
On Superprof, a lot of the tutors of free tutoring for the first how, allowing you to see their approaches, the quality of their tutorials, and how their rapport with your child is.
Make sure you attend the first tutorial with your child so you can carefully watch how they react to the tutor. At the end of the lesson, don’t hesitate to ask them what they thought of the tutor and whether they want to keep learning. If this isn’t the case, you’re going to need to keep looking!
The tutor plays a huge role in keeping your child motivated and they need to ensure that they keep wanting to play. The only two problems with private tutorials is that:
- Your child won’t get to meet other musicians, share their love of music with children their age, and start playing in a band, group, or orchestra.
- You’ll have to buy them a drum kit as it’s very unlikely that the tutor will transport an entire drum kit to each of their tutorials. Otherwise, you may have to consider tutors who teach the drums at their own homes.
Generally speaking, a drum lesson will cost around £30 per hour (in London). However, this average will change depending on where you live, your child’s level, and the tutor’s experience and qualifications.
Learning to Play the Drums in a Conversatoire
Learning to play the drums in a conversatoire is a great idea.
Conservatoires aren’t just for learning to play the piano, studying the history of music, or becoming a violin or flute virtuoso!
They’re so much more. While the drums aren’t the first instrument you think of when you think of classically trained musicians, you can learn to play drums at these prestigious music schools.
Conservatoires guarantee some of the best teachers in the country, but they do tend to focus on classical music. When it comes to drums, you’ll probably be learning to play as part of an orchestra rather than a rock band.
Children can start learning from when they’re in primary school. Generally, they need to be able to read and write, especially since they’re going to have to read music, for example.
When they first start, they’ll probably learn about the different musical instruments (not just the drums, but also the trumpet, cello, flute, etc.). Once students have learnt a bit about music, they’ll get to choose the instrument they want to play. The drums aren’t the most popular instrument to be chosen. You should also check that the conservatoire offers drum lessons.
They can study the drums for a number of years. They’ll be regularly examined and tested to ensure that they’re progressing. They’ll also be given the opportunity to perform in shows.
Children can learn a bit about improvisation, especially if they’re doing jazz drumming. Don’t hesitate to sign your child up to a conservatoire. Popular classes will fill up fast and you don’t want to have to wait a full year to get them started.
Some places may even require an audition. However, this isn’t very common for very young children as they all start from square one. Generally speaking, the cost of courses vary. However, they tend to be between £10 and £20 per hour of tuition.
There’s also the option of renting musical instruments rather than having to buy them.
Teaching Children to Play Drums in a Music School
In order to learn more about rhythm, working with contemporary music, or play in bands and groups, music schools offer private lessons and group lessons.
Music schools and associations tend to be more common (and less exclusive) than the conservatoires. Additionally, they aren’t as strict as the conservatoires. Music schools are generally private businesses.
When children start learning how to play the drums, they need to have fun and expend some of that extra energy that they have. It’s better to find them a music school that works for them. They need to learn, of course, but they also need to have fun, through games, enjoyable activities, and exercises that improve their sense of rhythm and their memory.
For a child, the drums are a great instrument for having fun with, unlike the guitar, piano, or violin, which can be quite dry and boring when you first get started. After all, most children love hitting things and making noises and will do so naturally from a very young age. They’ll do exactly the same with some drumsticks.
The drums are a great musical instrument for a child’s development and one of the best instruments for children to learn. It allows them to improve their self-esteem, control their breathing, coordinate their movements, learn to concentrate, transform their excess energy into creativity and positivity.
The advantage of music schools is that they’ll meet other children learning to play music and be able to join a group.
The lessons usually take place during the school year and tend to include a couple of hours of tuition each week. While the teaching approach is more traditional that private tutorials, it’s less formal than you tend to find at the conservatoires.
It’s also more relaxed than at the conservatoires. You can find all types of musicians from those learning an instrument for fun to those with aspirations of becoming professional musicians. A lot of schools also have practice rooms so that they won’t annoy you or the neighbours when they practice.
Your child can learn in a group dynamic which will encourage them to try even harder. Students are usually classed in terms of their level and will find themselves in classes with other types of musicians in a group or an orchestra. In some cases, they’ll be in classes according to the type of instrument they play with similar musicians. Some music schools can be more expensive than the conservatoires. They can cost you several hundred across the course of the year.
So now it’s up to you to evaluate the options and see which is best for your child! The option you choose will depend entirely on your budget, timetable, how your child likes to learn, and the types of lessons available where you live.
If you can't find any lessons near you, don't forget that online tutorials are always an option, too!