Facts on Drums for Kids

Updated April 17, 2017

Drums, as part of the percussion section, provide the backbone of both bands and orchestras. Drums are an essential part of almost every kind of music, including military, jazz and rock.

Why Play Drums

The skills used in playing drums, including rhythm, eye-hand coordination and limb independence, are musical fundamentals, and provide an excellent foundation for a music education, according to the Stage Academy of Music.

Percussion Section

Band students who play drums may be responsible for other percussion instruments, not just drums, says Percussion instruments are those that are struck, and include cymbals, woodblocks, xylophones, gongs, chimes and many other instruments.

Drums of the Percussion Section

Besides the snare drum, the drums of a band's percussion section may include timpani (also called kettledrums), the bass drum, side drum and tenor drum.

Drum Sets

A drum set or kit is a group of drums arranged so that they can all be played by one drummer. It includes a bass drum, side and tenor drums and a variety of cymbals. Drum sets are often featured in jazz or rock groups.

Beginning Equipment

A beginning drummer starts out with a practice pad and a pair of drum sticks. A practice pad is a small and lightweight substitute for a snare drum, and gives the player the same feel and bounce of a real drum, without the loudness.

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Gwen Bruno has been a full-time freelance writer since 2009, with her gardening-related articles appearing on DavesGarden. She is a former teacher and librarian, and she holds a bachelor's degree in education from Augustana College and master's degrees in education and library science from North Park University and the University of Wisconsin.