Qualities of a Good Drum Instructor

Whether you’re seeking to fulfill a lifelong musical dream or find a summer program to your child’s liking, drum lessons can be a fun and fulfilling addition to your routine. At Granger School of Music, we know that the key to your progress when you want to learn to play the drums is a good instructor. It’s important that you work with someone who has the skills and enthusiasm to help you get where you want to be. Here are 4 qualities of a good drum teacher.

Experience

There is a big difference between practicing the drums by yourself and joining in with other musicians. Your drum instructor should have extensive performance experience. A good teacher will not simply prepare you for your weekly practices, but also for the future practical application of your skills.

Understanding of Music Theory

Any good music instructor should understand and be able to clearly explain concepts within music theory, in addition to the rules and techniques specific to your instrument. You need someone who is prepared to help you become a real musician, not just a person who knows how to play the drums.

Understanding of Other Instruments

Along with music theory, a good drum teacher should be aware of, and perhaps even have some musical ability in, other instruments besides the drums. This suggests an understanding of the drums within their context and purpose. It will be incredibly beneficial to you as a student to learn how to play alongside other instruments.

Patience

As with any instrument, growth is built upon practice, repetition, and mistakes. This can be frustrating at times, especially with an instrument as loud as the drums. Find an instructor who will give you the time and emotional energy you need, even (and especially) when you hit a rough patch.

It is important to also be patient with yourself as you develop this new skill. You may not always feel like you’re progressing at the rate you would like to, but a good instructor will be able to help you power through and stay motivated.

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