Are you planning to enroll in a drum school and get your hands dirty in a drumming class? If so, it might be because you have seen those drummers whirling their hands in the air, striking on the drum set, the quality of the sound and music, filled with captivating rhythm and beat, the bass pounding and dictating your heart to beat along, being the lead of the band. And you might be thinking to yourself, this is so damn cool!
And so you want to embark on the drums journey? But do you know that many drummers wannabe drop out of drums courses halfway, because they think they are not up to it? Many were told that by their drums instructors, usually after the basic drums course, that they do not have the aptitude nor talent for it. They were told that they are too slow, or too hasty, that they cannot get the rhythmic beat! When these students have difficulty coordinating their hands and legs, they were advised that drumming is not suited for them, probably consider trying their hands on other musical instruments, like the flute or saxophone? When you cannot keep up their pace if you are an adult student, or if you trying to fast and lose the beat in the process, if you are young eager beaver, you may face the above situation when you are “out of sync” with the rest of the class. This is utter rubbish! Do you know that Joey Jordison of SlipKnot, recently named “Best Drummer In 25 Years!” was kicked out of a class before?
A good drum school and drums instructor will bring out the potential drummer in you. If you do your research well, you will find a good drums course that provides you with a good foundation in drumming, yet allow your creativity to soar within the limits.
Here are some of the factors you should consider before you take up drum lessons
1. Qualifications of Instructors
You will want a qualified drums teacher to be getting you all set for the basic skills. Without a good foundation, it is virtually impossible to progress fast. While you can learn on your own or get your friends to teach you to learn how to drum along a song, you may not have the necessary transferable skills to learn other songs fast. Getting the foundations right enable you to be able to transfer your knowledge and know-how from one song to another, from one genre to the next.
2. Experience of Instructors
A qualified instructor may not be able to teach well. He or she should have spend some time teaching other people, and more importantly, able to facilitate the progress of his or her student. This will ensure that we as students can improve steadily and whenever we are ready.
3. Passionate Drums Teachers
Having gone for drumming lessons from reputable music schools, one of the common experience is that the instructors lack passion in their teaching. This could be due to their rigidity in having to follow their lesson plans, as structured by the school (see point 4), which cause them to be less personal with their students’ progress. A drums instructor who is passionate about music will care about the individual students’ progression in music, whether they need extra support and coaching, or endorsement to accelerate.
4. Flexibility of Lesson Plans
Many major reputable schools have rigid lesson plans they have to adhere by. This is because of the fixed curriculum, which have been approved by music educators. Ironically, often this hinders the progress of students, especially those who have the talent to be accelerating, or those who wants to take on a slower learning pace. A flexible music school would be able to adapt its lesson plans according to the progress, pace and needs of their students.
5. Opportunities To Practice and Perform
As obvious as it sounds, not many schools offer the opportunity for students to practice in their studios. Some do but charges exorbitantly for the use of the studios. Even with the studio, students still practice in silos, not together in an ensemble or a band. More importantly, they lack the opportunity to perform in front of an audience. This means these students never really play “for real”.
In our pursue for drums course that fits the above criteria, we found a good drums school allows students to practice in their studios (for free!) and orchestrate opportunities for students to play for “real“, by encouraging them to form a band or an ensemble and practice with other students playing different musical instruments. Known as About Music, this school also provides opportunities for them to perform in front of audiences regularly, to allow them to gain exposure and experience, and most importantly, confidence.
Here’s a snippet of About Music Youtube Video, featuring their drums performance.
For more information, you can check out the About Music Facebook Page here.