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Old 01-08-2013, 10:23 PM
 
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My 8 year old son is interested in taking drum lessons but we're not sure where to take him. We took him for his first lesson to this place in Dobbs Ferry and while the teacher was nice, they didn't have drums his size and he had some trouble reaching everything. In order to nurture his love of music, we want to take him to a place that has a lot of experience working with younger (under 10) children. Can anyone recommend a drum teacher that has experience with kids and is close to Ardsley? Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-10-2013, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Westchester, NY
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My 8 year old son is interested in taking drum lessons but we're not sure where to take him. We took him for his first lesson to this place in Dobbs Ferry and while the teacher was nice, they didn't have drums his size and he had some trouble reaching everything. In order to nurture his love of music, we want to take him to a place that has a lot of experience working with younger (under 10) children. Can anyone recommend a drum teacher that has experience with kids and is close to Ardsley? Thanks in advance.
He should start on a regular drum kit if he wants to learn properly. After learning, switching from a small to a regular sized drum set can be daunting and a bit overwhelming. What's his height?

Back in my heyday...I started at age 7 on a three piece - Charlie Watts style jazz kit, as the drums become second nature once you get used to them for a bit. I would offer to teach him properly (i.e.: stick control, grip, rudimentary studies, etc..) but I have no time. Sorry. Local music shops don't offer very much but the basics, unless he's not that serious. Otherwise, I would get him to a private teacher should he desire to really engage himself in the "study of rhythm"!
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Old 01-12-2013, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Pleasantville, NY
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Just a suggestion, why not get Rock Band or Guitar Hero for the Wii Playstation / PS3 / Xbox? I got one last year and love playing - granted, I'm not 8 years old. The drum kits are adjustable by height and each pad can be moved closer or further away from you. I've seen Youtube videos of kids his age playing the heck out of 'em, as well as adults. For me, I just play it when I've had a stressful day at work and want the beat the hell out of something. ;-) It's a good stress reliever.

With the game, you can get him used to using the sticks and hitting the pads. The game as four or five levels or difficulty and you can at least start off with the beginner level to learn rhythm, etc. It won't teach you proper grip, but after a while, it becomes natural.
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Old 01-12-2013, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Fields of gold
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Take him here. The best, enuff said.

www.loumusic.com

Ask to speak with Nick Vara, he is the drum teacher. Very good, and patien with children. He taught my son for a while, and was worth it.
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Old 01-15-2013, 07:23 PM
 
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Thank you for the advice. Much appreciated. We found a teacher in our town and we're hoping this will be a better experience. I also looked at Loumusic but Peekskill is far from us. Thanks!
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