Here’s how your child can benefit from playing the drums
(and therefore why you should consider giving in to their requests to have drum lessons…)
- Drumming Helps with Motor Skills and Helps Burn Excess Energy
Drums are great for kids with a lot of energy. It is a physical instrument, arguably more than any other. All four limbs are used to great extent, requiring coordination. The hands hit the drums/cymbals etc while the feet need to operate the pedals that work the Bass (often called the “Kick”) drum and the hi-hats (the two cymbals stacked facing each other, one on top of the other, with a small gap between.), so it’s not hard to work up a sweat! In addition, you have to use your head. I don’t mean to hit additional drums or anything like that! That might be dangerous. No, I mean you have to think about what you’re playing; which hand or foot goes next; what it is required to do and when.
Playing drums can be therapeutic because you are required to concentrate on the right beats in the right order, at the right time. This, in addition to the sheer physicality of playing, can reduce stress and boost the immune system.
- Drumming Improves Concentration
Timing is obviously very important when playing drums. Keeping the timing and tempo of the song is vital for the rest of the band.
Research states that drumming increases heart rate and blood flow to the brain and can actually improve IQ! This is because drumming taps into both side of the brain: the intuitive right side and the rational left too.
Children with attention deficit disorder or hyper-activity can benefit greatly from drumming as it can help focus the attention of even the most easily distracted child.
- Playing Drums Improves Self-Discipline
Like all other musical instruments, the drums take time and practice to learn. Those who get inspired by drumming become self-motivated, and determined to learn more and improve. This determination can be applied to any situation in life.
Leading the “rhythm section” of the band, the drums aren’t just about making noise or hitting things at random.
Drummers have to understand musical notes, plus learn how rhythms work and how to mesh the two together. Plus, playing the drums requires listening skills and concentration, two skills that can be utilised in many other parts of daily life, not least in their school work.
- Playing Drums Builds Confidence
Being in a group or band with other members playing different instruments teaches teamwork; every member of that team (band) is playing together to make a the song sound great. This can be great fun, very stimulating and helps drive the child to improve alongside his/her bandmates.
Thus, your child learns how to meet new people, communicate with them as they work together to achieve the best musical outcome.
- Playing The Drums is Fun!
Finally, and arguably one of the most important factors to consider when choosing to play the drums is to remember the simple fact that playing the drums really is great fun! Whether you are playing on a full kit, bongos, a snare or any other kind of drums, it is a very rewarding and enjoyable experience.