I want to encourage anyone currently taking music lessons at a store or looking for music lessons for yourself/your child to consider a teacher who works from their own studio.
So often, music store lessons (if they even have a full drum set available) are conducted in a small, cramped rooms (which are way too loud for young ears.) Because of this, in many situations the student isn’t even playing real drums, but only a practice pad drum set.
At my studio, we have two full drum kits set up at all time (no switching in and out by the student.) There is a full selection of world instruments including a complete Brazilian samba set. We’re within easy reach of 20 years of collected teaching materials, a high quality speaker set up for playing along with music, and internet access (both for lessons and waiting parents.)
The space is…spacious, clean, inviting, and fun. We have a piano available, along with vibraphone and bells. In the wood shop I’m making progress on a full marimba which will be here soon. And speaking of, I’ve even had some long time students learn to make their own percussion instruments.
Another thing, when it does come time to buy a drum set for yourself or child a music store is going to be pushing what they currently have in stock and also trying to again maximize their profit. I’d rather help you look for the best fit from a number or new and used options. I’ve found great old kits and new kits for students with everyone knowing that they paid a fair price.
Expect more from music lessons! They are one of the single best investments you can make in your life or that of your child.