Many children have the dream to become a drummer, some more than others. If you have a child that wants to be a drummer that is great! New to the drumming world you may ask, how do I prepare my child to become a drummer? I am Hannah Kerchner, founder of Hannah’s Musical Hope and I am here to tell you exactly what needs to happen!
The most important thing to do for your child is to sign them up for lessons. When they are first starting into the world of music the best place to start is with piano. In most schools to be a percussionist you have to have had piano lessons. Drum music is different than piano music so once your child has been in piano lessons for awhile and they seem committed sign them up for private drumming lessons and help them achieve their goals. The worst thing you can do is to let them teach themselves because so many things can go wrong. Lessons will help them develop their skills properly.
When they begin learning to drum get them the right tools. It may be expensive but having the right tools will help your child grow their passion in music and develop their skills. When they are first starting it may be acceptable to just buy them a snare drum, drum sticks, and a music stand. Later on they will need more lesson books and eventually an entire drum set.
As annoying as drums can be let your child practice. A drummer, like many musicians love what they do and not practicing can frustrate them. If you allow them to practice, their skills will grow rapidly and they will get better and better everyday. Rather than complaining about it be sure to encourage them. If you complain they may feel bad and quit their new found passion.
Drumming is music, and just because your child is a drummer it doesn’t mean they will be a drug addict. It is important to support your child through their musical endeavors, no matter what instrument they choose. If you have any questions about how to prepare your child to become a drummer please feel free to comment below! If you have any tips or stories you would like to share we would love to hear from you! “You are the music while the music lasts!”~T.S. Eliot Happy playing!