In my younger years I was a keen musician.
I started playing the flute when I was 11 and always had the ambition I wanted to be the next James Galway.
Then soon after came the piano.
And with that I always focused my life on going to university to study music.
That was a long time ago.
But now my son is following in my footsteps and learning the drums.
It’s Never Too Late To Start Learning
One of my son’s classmates has been learning the violin from a very early age.
His parents are strict with him practising and that can sometimes be until gone midnight.
Whilst I’m pleased that my son has started learning the drums, I’m not going to push him like that.
It’s still important that he has time to chill out and be nine and also get some decent sleep.
Starting to learn percussion or a musical instrument early gives you a head start.
But it’s never too late to start learning.
Whether it’s for enjoyment or it becomes a vocation, learning anything musical is a great skill to have.
Then again, maybe I’m biased!
Keeping Him Interested
It’s early days.
He’s only had one lesson so far and I wasn’t sure what he’d make of it.
He really enjoyed it though.
The next stage is keeping him interested.
I know he liked the fact he was missing an academic lesson to give the drums a try out.
I’m not too concerned about that, particularly if it’s Religious Education as he hates that subject.
One of his other friends has also taken up the drums so perhaps a little bit of rivalry will keep the interest there.
What About The Noise?
I can’t deny it.
Learning an instrument isn’t pleasant for anyone else who has to listen to it from the outset.
The drums are going to be noisy if he carries on and we have to buy a drum kit.
I’d still prefer that to someone learning the violin and sounding like a strangled cat.
Or even worse the bagpipes, which I think I’d end up burning in the garden.
The good news is that we live in a detached house which has very thick walls.
Our nearest neighbours are far enough away not to be disturbed.
So it will only be me and the rest of my family who potentially have to put up with the noise!
When Do You Buy A Drum Kit?
There will be opportunities for my son to practice in school time.
But if he continues to learn the drums, at some point we’ll need to contemplate buying a drum kit for him.
It’s tricky to know at what point that would be.
Then there’s other things to consider:
- electronic vs acoustic;
- new vs second hand.
It will be important to take the advice of his teacher to determine when we would get one.
I suspect that won’t be for some time though because I want to be sure he will stick at it.
Are Your Kids Learning The Drums Or A Musical Instrument?
Do your kids play a musical instrument or the drums?
Are they keen on it or is it sometimes a struggle?
Have you bought them an instrument or drum kit of their own?
Let’s talk in the comments section!