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Napoli School of Music and Dance-Drum Lessons For All Ages

If you are looking for fun, educational, and inspiring drum lessons from top-notch teachers, you don’t have to look any further. Since 1988, the Napoli School of Music and Dance has helped over 4,000 students of all ages and levels learn the skills that they need to enjoy music and dance for a lifetime. Our drum program will have you mastering all of the basics including how to hold your sticks, tuning the kit, counting time, learning musical notation for percussion, playing by ear and transcribing songs. You will also have the opportunity to improvise beats and fills and learn the process of playing entire songs. One of the great things about studying with the Napoli school is that you have the opportunity to choose the music that you want to play. If you are unsure of what style of music you would like to learn, we can help you by exposing you to the different genres of music that will expand your knowledge and repertoire of drums and percussion. Additionally, drum and percussion teachers at Napoli Music and Dance will help you with “drum set coordination” (or limb independence), which is the ability to coordinate arms and legs to function together. Most importantly, you will have fun, meet other musicians and develop a love of music and drumming that will last a lifetime.

Click the video below to see some our drum students perform.

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Extraordinary drum teachers embody the core of the Napoli School of Music and Dance. All of the drum instructors in our studio hold college degrees in music education, performance, or composition from accredited universities. They also have experience performing in a variety of genres. The drum teachers also have knowledge of other musical instruments (and aspects of music theory) so they can present a well-rounded approach that can accommodate the learning styles of a variety of students. Whether you are playing in your high school jazz band, learning to drum to recordings of your favorite songs, or looking to form or join a rock band, the drum teachers at Napoli Music and Dance are able to offer you exceptional guidance.

Why Choose Us For Drum Lessons?

Performance Opportunities

We offer you a minimum of two performance opportunities each year at our music showcases. Students perform on a variety of instruments including drums, percussion, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass, piano, voice, woodwinds, and strings. Performers also range from beginner to advanced abilities. Some of the benefits that you get from performing in the showcase include:

Playing Drums in a Band

 

One of the most rewarding aspects of learning to play the drums is that you will hone the skills needed to play with other musicians. The Napoli drum teachers will help you develop your skills that will facilitate your ability to play your favorite songs or pieces with a band.

The Napoli Advantage

Since 1988, we have helped thousands of students learn to play an instrument or sing. From experience, we know what is effective and what is not effective. We pride ourselves on the fact that we cater to each student’s needs, not only with top rate music instruction, but with excellent customer service. Our full time office staff takes care of all your scheduling, billing and any other questions that you might have. This allows our drum and percussion teachers to concentrate 100% on teaching you. They do not have to use valuable lesson time to do scheduling and collect tuition.

Benefits of the Drums

The study of drums and percussion has recently become more popular with a younger demographic. It is a high energy pursuit that builds physical strength, body awareness, muscle memory, grace, and coordination in movement. It is a wonderful choice for children and teenagers with energy to spare, or students who are seeking a physical activity but may not be interested in sports. Learning drums can benefit students academically by improving listening skills and increasing the ability to focus for longer time periods.

About The Drums

The drum kit is the most popular instrument taught in the Napoli Music School’s drum and percussion program (although other kinds of percussion are also taught). The drum kit generally consists of a bass drum, hi-hat, cymbal, snare drum, floor tom and two hanging toms along with a crash cymbal that is played with sticks or mallets. There are also electronic drum kits that can be played in the same manner. The drum kit is a versatile instrument, and is utilized in rock, jazz, blues, latin, country, pop, R&B as well as many other styles of music. Drummers use notation called percussion notation, which resembles traditional sheet music but is written for non-pitched percussion. There is a loosely standardized form to represent the drum kit in musical notation. The great thing about starting drum lessons is that it is not necessary to purchase a drum kit right away. Home practice can be done on an inexpensive practice pad until the interest level of the student is determined.

Five Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your Drum and Percussion Lessons


1. Insist On Private Lessons When Learning the Drums

Group lessons work well for preschool music programs, choruses and theory lessons. However, when learning how to play drums or percussion, private lessons are far superior. In a private drum lesson, your teacher can focus all of their efforts on you and this allows you to learn at your own pace.  Additionally, your drum teacher does not have to instruct a class at a certain level, but has the time and focus to work on your strengths and weaknesses. This is beneficial to your teacher because they don’t have to divide their attention between five or ten drum students at one time. With private drum lessons your teacher can help you be the best that you can be.

2. Help Your Child to Set Goals

Goal setting is one of the most important skills to develop in order to be successful in playing the drums (and life in general). To be effective, make your goals specific, measurable, and attainable. An example of setting a musical goal for yourself would be to play a particular scale at a certain speed or to have a certain number of drum pieces or songs memorized. Another goal might be to perform in a recital. Goals are always easier to achieve when you set a deadline for them. Try setting some goals of your own and watch your progress soar!

3. Make Practicing The Drums Easier
As with anything else in life, improving on the drums takes practice. One of the main problems with drum lessons can be the drudgery of practicing and the ensuing “fight” between parents and students to practice every day. Here are some ways to make practicing easier:

4. How Young is Too Young. Starting at the Right Age

Adults can start any instrument at any time. An adult’s success is based on how willing they are committed to practicing the drums. We teach many beginner drum students in their sixties and their seventies, but for children starting at the right age is a key element to their success. If a child starts drum lessons too soon, they may feel overwhelmed and frustrated and want to stop their lessons. The last thing that you want to do is to turn a child off to the drums because they had one unpleasant experience (which could have been prevented). Sometimes if the child waits a year to start their drum lessons, frustrations may be avoided and progress may be much faster. The following are some guidelines we have found to be successful in determining how young a child can start taking music lessons on a particular instrument.

5. How Much Should I Be Reading the Notes?
This is a very interesting topic. There are several different approaches to the study of drums. Some involve pure note reading and rhythms, while others utilize the ability of the ear. The bottom line is how well you play the drums or percussion. This may be achieved by note reading, using the ear, or a mix of the two. If your drum teacher determines that you are a visual learner, an approach based heavily on note and rhythm reading with some ear training mixed in would work well. If your teacher determines that you are an aural (ear) learner, a program based heavily on ear playing tempered with some note and rhythm reading would be appropriate. The right frame of mind is crucial for optimal learning. Therefore, catering to your learning strengths will ensure that you get the most out of your drum lessons.

6. Bonus – Have Fun Playing the Drums!
Playing the drums should be something that you enjoy for a lifetime. Try not to put unrealistic expectations on yourself or your children to learn too quickly. Everyone learns at a different pace. The key is to be able to enjoy the journey.

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