The primary purpose of the Junior Drummer Kit is twofold: First, to teach parents with limited or no musical background the basic principles of music and beginning drumming fundamentals, so they can, in turn, teach their children the same. And second, to provide an appropriate and comprehensive format for experienced drum instructors to communicate drumming fundamentals and the basic principles of music to a student base of children under the age of six. These are a few beneficial teaching tips:
- Set a routine practice schedule and stick with it! About 10-15 minutes, 3-5 days per week is a recommended goal to start with. Note that too much time between sessions may hamper any progress being made from practice to practice.
- In addition to their regular practice sessions, it is also helpful to set aside some ‘fun and drum’ time. Allow your child to experimental and to explore their inner creativity. Drumming along to their favorite music is another ‘fun and drum’ activity. This will also help development of their listening skills.
- You may want to slowly clap through the Drum-Along Rhythm Card exercises with your child before introducing the drumsticks. This will help to reinforce their counting and music reading skills.
- To support correct hand recognition, try using a washable marker and dot the back of the right hand with red and the left hand with blue.
- When playing the exercises on the Drum-Along Rhythm Cards, always start off slow and count out loud. This method is essential in developing skill and comprehension in reading music. As the exercises become easier to play, slightly increase the tempo (the rate of speed).
- ‘Counting out loud’ is an essential element in learning how to read and comprehend music. However, natural shyness prevents some children from trying. Give them plenty of time and encouragement to get comfortable with this new idea.
- If your child is having any difficulty managing all three functions together, i.e. counting out loud, reading and playing the notation and coordinating their left and right colored sticking blocks – assist by counting out loud for them.
- This method introduces many new concepts and involves new coordination skills for your child. Consider working on only one or two exercises at a time.
- Do not over-focus on gripping the drumsticks. Co-ordination, dexterity and over-all grip strength will vary among children. Each child’s individual skill will develop in their own time.
- Utilize your child’s primary rhythmic strength and combine that with their initial passion for just wanting to play the drums!
- For those times when it is absolutely necessary to keep the volume down – practice on a pillow.
- NEVER put any part of any drumstick in your mouth.
- Like any professional sized drumsticks, the Junior Drummer Drumsticks enclosed in the package, are breakable. Although drumsticks are designed to endure hitting drums, they are not designed to strike other surfaces with excessive force. You should know that with repeated improper use, the Junior Drummer Drumsticks will break. Care should be taken to show your new drummer how to aim and hit the gray target area on the Junior Drummer Practice Pad.
- Drumsticks are specific tools for drummers and solely intended to be used for drumming purposes only. They are never to be used as swords, knives, or in any other possible harmful way. Drumsticks are not meant to hit anything other than a drum, drum pad, cymbal or other percussion instruments.
- There is an abundance of instructional information available on the internet - including www.JuniorDrummer.com. Your local library is also a valuable resource for information about drums, drummers, drumming, percussion, drum circles, music history, DVDs, and CD’s.
- If your student is one who learns easier through mimicry, you can purchase adult-sized sticks with color bands for yourself from our Junior
- Introduce your student to hearing and seeing live drummers. Call local colleges and music stores to find out about concerts or drum clinics they may be hosting. Many of these events are free!
- Always try to keep your learning environment as positive and relaxed as possible. We all have more difficulty learning when we are under stress. A quiet area without distractions is highly recommended for all of your practice sessions.
- And finally, although the Junior Drummer Kit is an educational learning tool for your child to develop new listening, counting and spatial skills, do not be too rigid in your teaching method.