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Submitted by: Sarah Lee Tan

New drum students often stop to consider where the best place to learn their instrument is school or home? There are certainly benefits to both locations but also some practicalities to consider when you are making your decision. Lets have a look at the advantages and disadvantages of taking your drum lessons at school or at home


Unless youre blessed with a top-notch music studio at home, it is unlikely that you will have the same great facilities that are present in most schools. Schools often have their own music department which hosts sound-proof music rooms and great equipment for students to make use of during their lessons and free time. One of the biggest drawbacks to playing the drums is the fact that the kit is so large and, obviously, quite loud once you get started! If you are living in a small house or perhaps have a parent who works from home, your lessons are unlikely to be very popular with the rest of your family due to both space and noise issues.

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Practice makes perfect

If you do have the space to have your drum lessons at home then you will certainly be able to reap some benefits. You are much more likely to practice your drumming if your drum kit is at home right in front of you waiting to be used. Its really easy to practice whenever you want and there will be no one else arguing that its their turn (unless you have a sibling who wants to have a go!). It takes much more discipline to commit yourself to practicing if you have to drag yourself away from your friends and go to your school music room. Additionally, if you want to play at school you will be expected to share the drum kit with other students who are learning so it may not always be too easy to practice whenever you want.

Band involvement

Regardless of whether you take your lessons at school or at home, it is a great idea to lend your new drumming skills to a band obviously, the best place to get involved is at school with other like-minded musicians who have the same free time as you. Being in a band is a great way to practice your drumming and to get another perspective on the instrument outside of your lessons. If youre taking your lessons at home but your parents are unhappy with you practicing all the time due to noise issues, band practice is a great way to get the best of both home and school drumming.

When you decide to start drumming, its important to consider where the best place to take your drum lessons will be. School lessons are great if you dont have the space or facilities at home to learn but you have to make sure that you are disciplined enough to commit to practicing even when youd rather be having fun with your friends at break time. Wherever you take your lessons, youll find a happy medium being involved with a band.

About the Author: Sarah Lee is a music instructor in Singapore who loves to share her extensive knowledge of music and the art of performing to her students and blog readers. Visit her site at

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