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The sound of your kid banging on the drums might not be your favorite, but once you find out about the numerous physical, emotional, social, and even mental health benefits drum playing actually bring, you won’t mind the noise anymore. All kids love making a racket and the drums allow them to do so while learning to have rhythm, but the benefits go beyond just musical skills.

If you still need more reasons to convince you to enroll your kid in those drum lessons at Red Drum Music, then refer to this list of advantages little drum players have over their peers.

They Develop Wonderful Musical Skills

Being exposed to music, especially the drums, can truly develop your child’s musical skills and at the same time spark their interest in playing instruments. The first step is to learn about rhythm and to learn this, playing the drums, cymbals, tambourine, or any other percussion instrument is the best way. Once your child has mastered playing rhythmically, then you can move on to more complex musical lessons like note lengths.

They Learn To Coordinate The Hands And The Feet

Even adults who learn how to play the drums struggle to coordinate the hands and the feet at the same time and in the right order. Drum lessons for kids are, of course, much simpler. Very little ones will simply start with playing randomly until they learn to follow a rhythm and eventually drum with both hands. Through practice and as they progress in their drumming skills if they decide to continue lessons, they get to develop their motor skills more than other children in their age group. For them, learning other skills that require hand-and-feet coordination will be much easier, thanks to their drum lessons.

They Can Focus Extremely Well

Focus is something that is tough to learn nowadays because there is simply too much stimulation all around. Children who do not learn a skill that requires focus and concentration will not learn how to tune out the rest of the world and will be easily distracted and overwhelmed.

Drum lessons are a good way to learn focus, as your child’s mind needs to concentrate on the sound and the pattern they need to play. This can be quite tricky especially for little kids and the only way they can do it is to fully concentrate on the task at hand. Moreover, you will find your little one improving his or her attention span as well, as they can become engrossed in perfecting the routine that they keep practicing. Just make sure you invest in those sound-reducing headsets.

They Learn To Cooperate And Be Part Of A Group

Drum players either play with others as a group or play in a band. In both situations, they will need to cooperate with fellow musicians in order to be harmonized. They will learn how to wait for their turn and seeing how they contribute to the whole group. It goes without saying that one drum player out of tune or timing can easily ruin the whole performance.

They Develop And Express Their Creativity

Drums are a good example of musical instruments that allow players to be creative. Little drum players can explore and experiment with different sounds and combinations, encouraging them to be more creative as well.

Their Brains Benefit From The Exercise

While music is normally associated with being a creative or right-brain activity, drumming can actually also stimulate the left side of the brain, which is associated with logic and math, learning sequences, and understanding time. Signing your child up for drum classes can then have an unintended but not unwanted outcome of better grades in school.

Drumming Is Actually Therapeutic

If you think the drums have already enough benefits, you will be happy to hear that it is also therapeutic. Children with disabilities like autism, ADHD, and cerebral palsy are soothed by the act of playing drums. This is why therapists and schools are incorporating lessons into their programs but most of all, banging on the drums is simply fun. Despite their disabilities, these kids can actually master the drums and even stage awe-inspiring performances.

If you are now convinced that drumming is something for your kid, then enroll your child in the next drum lessons. The benefits will definitely make all the ear-splitting noise worthwhile.

 

About the author:

Darren Perkins is a drummer, teacher, and the owner of Red Drum Music Studio, a studio in Melbourne that teaches kids – and kids at heart – how to play drums. During his spare time, he’s usually online researching the coolest drums and other music topics. Visit http://reddrummusic.com.au/ to learn more about drums.

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It has been a year since I created an amazing opportunity for my students – paid gigs! 

Every Saturday and Sunday afternoon (except Christmas, Easter, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day), one of my private students performs at a local restaurant for two hours. They get a small stipend, a free meal, and whatever tips they happen to receive from customers! This program has been so successful, and I will share with our dear MusicTeachersHelper blog readers on how you can create a similar one for your students!

  1. Find a restaurant with a piano. The one I work with has a baby brand. It is a very nice, upscale restaurant, and has a newly opened wine tasting lounge – perfect for live entertainment. 
  2. Talk to the owner. My program started because the restaurant was looking for a classical pianist who can perform for two hours every Saturday and Sunday. Someone gave them my number, I said I could not do it myself, since I have a baby and weekends are precious time, but I offered my students. Based on my studio reputation and student success, they accepted. (This is why you absolutely must have a studio website and Facebook page to showcase your students!) 
  3. Negotiate the terms. How much will the students get paid, if any? Can they expect tips? What else? Perhaps a free meal? My students and I are very lucky that the restaurant we deal with is very generous. Obviously the students should not expect professional fees, but some sort of stipend should be negotiated. It really motivates the students!

Benefits for the students

This program has greatly benefited my students. It gives them real life, professional performance experience. As mentioned before, they also get paid and a free meal, and many have made handsome tips. Kids love money, and food! It really motivates them to practice harder so they can be ready for their next paid gig. Many students, after having performed once, tell me they realize they don’t have enough repertoire (two hours solo playing is not a short time!), so they are motivated to learn new pieces. It is also good to send those that have a major exam or competition coming up so they can test-drive their program. I also use it as an incentive – “if you finish learning all these pieces you will be ready to perform at the restaurant and make some money!” Many of my students are very seasoned performers now because of this program. Their sight reading skills have also improved dramatically, as I tell them to sight read some easy classics so they can fill their two hours. They have gained confidence (for many it was the first time they ever got paid), learned the value of hard work, responsibility, and time management skills. The restaurant was so impressed with one particular student, that he got his own gig deal! One door opens another. 

Benefits for me

It is a lot of work to coordinate. The restaurant does not contact the students. All they know is that someone will show up every Saturday and Sunday. I do all the communication. I book who is to perform when, and I use Music Teachers Helper to help me keep track. I do it for free, and my students get all the stipends and tips. Every Saturday and Sunday at 3pm I expect a text from whoever should be there to let me know they showed up. At 5pm I expect another text to let me know things went well. Every now and then something unexpected can happen – for example one time the restaurant had a private party and forgot to tell me not to send someone, or the manager is away and no one is in charge, so I have to chase down the payment on behalf of the student, or the student has an emergency or is sick so I have to quickly find a replacement, etc. It is extra work for me. But all of this is giving me publicity as well, as I ask that my students put my business cards on the piano. Mostly, knowing that my students are greatly benefiting from this experience is why I do it. The parents really appreciate it, too, and they know this program is unique, no other teachers offer it.

Benefits for the restaurant

The restaurant gets new customers. Parents go, grandparents go, friends go, to support the students. They find out the restaurant exists. It is now on their list of dine out options. I also tell everyone I know how wonderful it is that they support live classical music. It truly is amazing that a business would do this, and I convey my appreciation to them often. 

What unique opportunities do you offer your students?

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