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What Can Drumming Do For Your Child’s Health?

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 to learn more about drums.

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