No. Many students start learning on a rubber practice pad and a pair of sticks. Adults can start at any age! We recommend starting children at the age of five or six on piano for a year or two. Then they have a huge head-start when they transition to Drums at the age of seven and it usually goes very smoothly for them.
If you have them, bring them. Otherwise, your teacher will have a pair you can borrow for the first lesson. Your teacher will suggest a pair of sticks that are the correct size for you based on music style, experience, etc. Then you can pick up a pair at a music store and bring them to future lessons.
If you are a beginner it doesn't really matter. There are some advantages to each. The cost is similar between electric and acoustic drums. You can wear headphones with electric drums and you can put rubber pads (silencers) on acoustic drums to bring the volume down. Please speak with your drum teacher about which drum set is right for you, your lifestyle and budget. You can always call our school office and someone will be happy to help you as well.
Adults can start anytime! Students as young as five can learn to play but it is usually best if they wait until the age of seven to take drum lessons. Many people call us and say "my child plays pots and pans all the time and he is four years old. We want to get him into drum lessons." There is a big difference in having fun pounding away on pots, pans or even your desk if you are an adult and having your teacher give you certain patterns and songs to work on over and over until they are correct. Children under five generally don't have the attention span to take drum lessons. Instead, start them on piano lessons until the age of seven and then switch them to drums if you really want to give them the best chance at success. Of course, there are exceptions so please call us if you think your child is ready for drum lessons!
No. We have drum kits at our school for you to use at your lessons. However, you should bring your sticks and any books or other materials your teacher has you working on from week to week.
Yes. Please call us for details as there are many different percussion instruments out there and various teachers at our school teach specific percussion instruments.
No. Your teacher will introduce you to drum music as you learn to play. Drum music notation is different than music notation for other instruments and is much easier to learn!
Our Exceptional Teachers!
At the Brill Music Academy, we provide experienced and talented drum instructors who are patient and skilled at teaching students of widely varying ages, experience levels and personalities.
Definitely! We hold an annual recital each Spring. All students are invited to participate. Participation is always voluntary, but highly encouraged to broaden your experience and musicianship. There is nothing like the feeling of performing. Some people don't want to perform and just prefer to play for their own pleasure. No problem at all. We understand. But if you wish to show off a bit or add some excitement to your life then our recitals are just what you need. Let's have some fun!