The kid is doing great and rocking to some earth wind and fire! Very thankful for all your help
I was about the same age when I started. My dad started me out right away with a book. It was Haskall Harr(sp?). I dont know if it's still out there, but I do have a copy I may be able to scan and send you.The music school I work at recently gave me a very young student. 5 years young as a matter of fact. They thought that because I'm the youngest teacher, I could connect with him more (no joke, haha).
The first lesson went okay, but I feel like I'm going to be running out of ideas incredibly fast with him, and his parents have paid for lessons for a full year.
Basically, we worked on counting. As in I give him a number to count to (ie, 4) and when he hits that number, he starts switching hands. So starting on the right: 1 2 3 4, then switch to the left (1 2 3 4), rinse, wash, repeat.
Then we went into moving that around the kit, where he would count to four and everything he started over he had to move to a different drum.
Aside from that, I got nothing. The kid can't read music, and I have no idea how to go about teaching him how to read it because he barely knows his alphabet. Help me out? PLEASE?!
Thanks a lot for all the suggestions, guys. I really think this is going to help a lot. Kinsjon, that idea about colour coding the drum kit is genius, I can't believe I didn't think of it myself since I play guitar hero so much!
mrchattr, I actually asked the parent to leave last lesson because I thought it was going to make things awkward for the kid. I never thought that the parent would be able to help in that sense, I just brought her back in for the last 5 minutes of the lesson to show her what her son had been working on. When I saw her face light up when he started counting the beats, I just got so excited, I knew I wanted to keep teaching the kid.
So again, thanks for all of your suggestions, but please, keep them coming! Every little bit helps, and I'm sure there are other people on this forum who can use this as a valuable resource to help them out as well!
I know how frustrating it can be, my cousin came round to my house so i had to 'teach her to play drums'. and after repeating the phrase 'tea. coffee. tea. tea' (i was hoping to get her to play it on the snare, then on the toms and so on) after 10 mins of me repeating the phrase constantly (no joke) she couldn't say it back to me. -so i just had to change my approach and let her play 4 beats on each hand on a different drum.I've only had one lesson with him, and the one lesson we had went very well. He picked up on the concept faster than I was expecting. I was simply looking for ways to convey the concepts in a way that he would understand, that's all.
Haha, it's all good.Very sorry again. Sometimes I suffer from the 'stuck indoors practice sessions lack of social skills syndrome'. Too focused on drumming, not individuals.
I've only had one lesson with him, and the one lesson we had went very well. He picked up on the concept faster than I was expecting. I was simply looking for ways to convey the concepts in a way that he would understand, that's all.Honestly, you need to tell the school this student needs someone more experienced. No offense to you but he needs someone who understands 5 year olds. I am an elementary teacher and it takes a special type of personality to teach Kindergarten as opposed to 5th grade.
No problem. Just frustrating.Did not mean to hurt your credibility. Was not my intention. Sorry.
Recently. I quit my job, and started gigging and recording as often as I could. I picked up two teaching jobs at different schools, and started university for drums and education last year (to teach high school). I've only worked with older students (over 14) thus far, and am having difficulties translating to younger students as I've never had to work with them before.Give the guy a break. We all need to begin somewhere.
Having said that, the OP poster has often posted rudimentary questions regarding subjects a qualified teacher should know. And it seems he may be a gifted student who has yet to qualify as a teacher. E.G. I recall a question about jazz players who did not seem able to play jazz that he was playing with.
OP. How long have you been a pro'? Are you a pro'?
Give the guy a break. We all need to begin somewhere.Honestly, you need to tell the school this student needs someone more experienced. No offense to you but he needs someone who understands 5 year olds. I am an elementary teacher and it takes a special type of personality to teach Kindergarten as opposed to 5th grade.
I think at the stage he's at, just explain how to count it, play it, then have him mimic. You can introduce the concept of reading sheet music a little later, but lay the foundations of the concepts now.I had planned to go over quarter note bass drum beats (4 on the floor, hats on 1-4, and snare on 2 and 4) and variations on that, it's just, he's young, he can't read or write, so I guess my problem is how to convey these ideas to him.
We talked about single strokes and double strokes. His single strokes are actually very good considering how big his hands are vs the size of the drum stick. Rudiments are boring to practice, haha, and I want to keep his attention.have you overlook the rudiments? and 8th note drum beats? or have you already covered that stuff, if you have then that would be good to start with.