Some students already have the mindset to focus on a more formal approach, learning to read, practicing rudiments, and building a skill set based on music theory. Others come to lessons to have fun, and to play along with their favorite songs. Which approach is correct, or better? Neither. They both have their place, and finding the common ground between these two approaches often results in the strongest all around players. Setting goals is the best way to achieve desired results.
Beginners: The focus is on developing proper technique, reading, rudiments, and applying these to your instruement.
Intermediate to advanced: Developing independence, inter-dependence, rudimental technique on your instrument, creating grooves and beats, solo work, and learning style(s) of music.
It is beneficial to keep a fun atmosphere of learning, yet progress should never be sacrificed. Parents should receive updates frequently on their child’s progress, and older students should receive direct feedback regarding their development. Good communication is key to growth.
Written by Conrad Ormsby (drum instructor)