Scholars Academy philosophy for teaching kids drum lessons:
- Always keep the child engaged mentally during the lesson.
- Never rush a child’s progress. Let him/her learn at his/her own pace
- Simplify and modify to help children understand especially the theoretical aspect learning rhythms.
- Always motivate and encourage.
- Children come into the teaching studio for every lesson happy and leave after each lesson with a sense of pride and accomplishment.
Teaching Children Drums: The Nuts and Bolts of it
Scholars Academy can honestly say to you that after 5 years of experience with teaching drums to children, we have develop a more creative methodology. In order for us to retain their interest in the lessons, we first have to match their level of energy and add a lot of variety to the lessons. We also find it a good idea to allow for some breathing space where children stop playing the drums for a short while and talk with us. This enables them to pour out their inner-most thoughts.
What is Scholars Academy method for teaching children drums?
- We first teach basic rhythm patterns first by clapping and then playing on the snare drum, associating the patterns with simple words for easier reference. Students are taught to play the rhythms and say the associated words simultaneously at a constant speed. This helps them develop their ears to recognize the sounds of the individual patterns and to build a good sense of tempo.
- Students then move onto playing kick drum and snare drum and learning how to play both simultaneously. This is very basic co-ordination and we use a variety of reading exercises for this area.
- Students then move onto coordinating the bass drum, snare drum, and hi-hat, thus learning their very first basic drum set beats. We always take it slow and allow them to play the beats very slowly at first to master the co-ordination involved.
- From then on, students will start learning all the things that drummers do – beats, fills, how to use the cymbals and etc. Our drum teachers emphasize the importance of learning at their own pace and we adjust the teaching methodology to facilitate ease of comprehension as well as making it thoroughly engaging for them.
- We incorporate pre-recorded music, electronic music loops where students can adjust the tempos, and rhythmic “games” into the lessons as part of this methodology.
Working out a suitable practice routine for kids:
This has always been a challenge for parents and the teacher to get children into the habit of practicing and to find joy doing it. We all know that these bright children tend to have shorter attention spans than teenagers or adults, so it does not make sense for us grown-ups to make them sit down at the drum set and practice for an hour. That again will kill their interest in drumming.
Instead, we recommend starting them off with 10 minutes first, monitor every practice session and be vigilant to how your kid is coping with practicing (more information can be given on how to monitor your kids’ practice sessions at our lessons). Once they get more interested, they would usually want to increase the duration allocated to them. We can then increase the duration by 5 to 10 minutes gradually over the months. It will take some time, but it is a more reasonable way of getting kids to practice.
The final question is, do children need to have a special talent first in order to learn a musical instrument?
Our answer is not necessarily. Having a talent for it does facilitate a faster pace of learning, but without practice, it really does not help much. The students who find a deep interest in their craft and are willing to work hard at it will succeed eventually.
What are the benefits for children taking drum lessons?
- Children enjoy engaging in activities where they are using all four limbs like driving a mini go-kart, dancing, playing a Wii interactive video game or….PLAYING DRUMS!! This is a positive outlet that can help them relieve stress they incur with their academic work.
- Drumming is great way to help children sharpen their mental concentration.
- Drumming also reinforces basic arithmetic concepts when mastering the theoretical aspect of learning rhythms. For example, when learning note values, the relationship of one note value to another involves a system of multiplication and subdivision.
- Drumming promotes self-confidence and esteem. This does not apply to just children but to people of all ages.
Scholars Academy look forward to help your child master the drums!