Aureus Academy offers 30, 45, and 60-minute lesson durations. The lesson is in individual setting and it is designed in such a way it would fit each individual’s needs. For young students, I would suggest to take 30 minute lesson to start with as the student’s attention span and focus can still be improved at this stage. It is at this stage that they the teachers need to build their interest in music. Moreover, the lesson experience has to be fun and enjoyable way that the student will definitely look forward to it. For older students, I highly recommend for them to take at least 45 minute class in order for us to work on the technique, have precision on rhythm and learn more songs. Also, it would give them enough time to work on their improvisation skill to prepare them to take the exam.
Aureus Teachers are jolly, cheerful and energized in class. They are able to adapt to an individual’s needs and able to customize the class in such a way it would fit the student’s learning ability. We believe that each individual is unique and special and they learn differently.
Drum lessons in Singapore accommodates wide range of music genres such as Rock, Pop, RnB, Hip Hop, Funk, Reggae, Disco and Jazz. During the study course, students would be able to learn different elements of music — Beat (Meter, Tempo Syncopation), Rhythm, Dynamics and Musical Form. Students would be able to learn note values, rests and musical terms. Distinguish rests from notes, recognize the duration of the notes and rests and associate note duration in mathematics. There is a lot of benefits in learning drums as it welcomes all types of learners from Visual, Auditory, Reading/Writing and Kinesthetic learners. It also nurtures eye and body coordination and enhances brain development.
Students whose 6 years of age and above would benefit in the Drum class as it is during this early childhood phase that their kinesthetic skill is developing and needs to be nurtured a lot. When they play drums, they have to coordinate all four limbs to work together simultaneously. In addition to this, learning how to play drums helps the learner to be expressive and be confident in their own way. Thus, students would feel confident on their craft after being able to learn difficult material through persistent practice.
Achieving mastery on an instrument is going to be challenging, therefore, the learner has to be patient and persistent. I strongly believe that anything great takes time and no one becomes a champion overnight. To have that long-term success, one must put in a lot of effort and time.
Students should not see music as a force discipline. Most of my students don’t see music as a subject from school, as for them, it feels like play, not school work and that keeps them excited. Allowing the child to choose an instrument that they like keeps them motivated. Furthermore, giving opportunities to students to watch concerts and participate at a recital would also inspire and motivate them. Moreover, finding a right teacher that would suit the learner would be a great help too.
There are two types of drums: Electric and Acoustic. Both have pros and cons. Electric Drums fit perfectly for beginner to intermediate. It is compact, convenient and the volume could be adjusted, therefore, it fits for practice. On the other hand, Acoustic Drum gives them the actual feeling of the drums, as it should be played with technique and precision. Having access to a full drum set can improve ones creativity.
The parts of the drums are as follows:
— a snare drum is a percussion instrument that produces a sharp sound when the head is played/struck with a drum stick. The snare drum is constructed of two heads- both usually made of plastic along with a metal wires on the bottom head called the snares. Snare drums are usually played with drumsticks, but other beaters such as the brush can be used to achieve different tones. The snare drum is a an expressive percussion instrument due to its sensitivity and responsiveness. It can be used for complex rhythmic patterns and can produce different volumes depending on the strokes.
— is the largest drum in a drum kit. You play the bass drum by using a kick/bass pedal to produce a low thumping sound. The bass drum is used to mark or keep time. It makes low, boom sound when the mallet hits the drumhead.
— is a cylindrical drum with no snares. These drums were usually clamped to the bass drum rims or sat in cradles as floor stand drums. Most toms range in size between 6 and 20 inches (15 and 51cm) in diameter.
— is a double-headed tom-tom drum which usually stands on the floor on three legs. They can also be attached to a cymbal stand. It is a cylindrical drum without snare wires, and tend to produce booming resonant sound. The floor toms are the lowest tunes drums played with sticks on a regular drum set.
— a hi-hat cymbal is a combination of two cymbals and a foot pedal, mounted on a metal stand. Hi-hats consists of a matching pair of cymbals mounted on a stand, with the two cymbals facing each other. The cymbals may be played by closing them together with a foot pedal or striking them with a drum stick.
— a crash cymbal is a type of cymbal that produces a sharp, loud “crash” sound. It is mainly used for occasional accents in a music piece. It can be mounted on a stand and played with a drums stick. One or two crash cymbals are a standard part of a drum kit.
— the ride is a standard cymbal in a drum kit. The term ride, means to ride with the music describing the cymbals sustaining sound after it is struck. The ride cymbals can fulfil or any function that the hi hat does exception for the open and closed sound. It is normally placed on the right above the floor tom.
Another option to practice drumming is practicing on a Drum Practice Pads. Not everyone has a room for a full size drum kit and having a drum practice pad is also a good option. Drum pads in not an instrument but can be used to practice drum rudiments that would greatly affect ones progress in drumming. They are much quieter than practicing on a full size drum set. Having this way you could practice drum patters or rudiments regardless of where you are.
On the other hand, there are three different drumsticks that I would recommend. 5A is the standard size and this is highly recommended for everyone. 5B is slightly thicker and heaver and I would recommend this to students who prefer playing loudly on the drums. Lastly, 7A is slightly thinner and lighter from the standard size, usually recommended for playing jazz music.
One of the frequently asked questions was “How long does it take for my child to be able to enter exams?” I would say that it would really depend on the student’s progress and dedication as it would mainly depend on the hour spent in practicing at home and at school.