There’s a saying that goes, “A band is only as good as its drummer” — and it’s true! Playing with a good drummer gives music a power and a drive that you just can’t get any other way. Drumming releases feel-good endorphins, and it’s a great way to meet and make friends, as it’s an instrument that really only plays well with others. It does take focus and precision to really get good at it, but it doesn’t have to be intimidating! Our drum teachers will help students learn how to break complicated rhythms into their component parts, and how to build exciting rhythms from simple beginnings.
Drumming is a great stress reducer, it’s great exercise, and it’s a fantastic way to improve full-body control and muscle coordination.
Drums are also a big confidence booster, since — to put it simply — they’re powerful and loud! Sure, you may be the one sitting in the back, but you’re the one driving that train, and everybody knows it. And did we mention it’s great exercise?
If you’re concerned about volume at home, it’s actually not hard to keep it quiet with the wide range of electronic kits on the market. Yamaha and Alesis are two good brands, and both can offer a full drumming experience with the added benefit of volume knobs and headphone jacks. You don’t even need to have a full electronic kit to get started – even a simple practice pad can be enough to use for your first couple lessons, or to take with you when you’re out of town.
At Sense & Color, we use electronic kits, since they offer a wide range of sounds with a convenient volume knob so we don’t drown out the rest of the school! The only thing you’ll need to bring to your lessons is your music and your drumsticks, but you’ll definitely need some sort of kit to practice on at home.
Drums vs Percussion
Essentially, all drums are percussion instruments, but all percussion instruments are not drums! Percussion instruments are instruments that are hit in some way to make sound, whether that’s with your hand, a mallet, sticks, etc. (In that sense, a piano is also a percussion instrument, since the sound is created by hammers hitting the strings!)
We have two choices for drum teachers, both with extensive experience not only in rock bands, but also in numerous forms of percussion, including marching bands. If you’re looking to learn a specific form of percussion instrument that isn’t a drum set or marching percussion, send us an email and we’ll talk to our teachers to figure out who would be the best fit for that instrument.