Teaching young childen to play the drums does present a few challenges!! One of which is the physical size of the drum kit, which I will touch on later.... the other is engaging the childs imagination, ensuring that they are happy and keen to learn... in other words the lesson needs to be fun! The tutor books and material that I use for older children, teenagers and adults are of no use to a young child. However, my number one teaching aid in this scenario is Alfreds Kids Drumset Course...a fantastic book and cd package that Ive been using for many years. Easy to follow and very well written, this book takes children from the very beginning, and soon has them playing beats..... the included CD of backing tracks is great for them to play along to and its fantastic to see their smiles when they finally get grooving along to one of the songs! I use this book in all my childrens lessons as an introductory tuition book.
As regards the size of the drumkit, I tend to teach on Roland electronic drumkits, which can be adjusted for size, so hopefully students of all ages can be comfortable and find that everything is within reach.
For further information about our childrens drum lessons, please visit our webpage www.ambervalleydrumschool.co.uk/kids-club.html