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How to Buy A Beginner Drum Set

Buying a Beginning Drum Set 

     At Musicology, we don’t just offer the best drum lessons in the Temecula area, we care about our students on a personal level and always try our best to guide them toward success.  Since purchasing a drum set for your beginner can be very challenging without the input of someone you trust, we at Musicology have written a short buyer’s guide in order to help guide our students through the process.   

New or Used?  

     While it is often true that you can save some money buying a used drum set, it is always favorable to buy a new drum set.  This is because there are a lot of little things that could be broken or missing on the drum set that can be a real pain to replace, and in some cases can start to add up very quickly; the money that you just saved buying a used drum set might now have to be spent buying missing or broken parts.   Every so often you may come across a great deal on a used set, but the gamble is that you just don’t know what you’re getting if you’re not sure what to look for.   

Acoustic or Electric? 

     Regardless of if you decide to purchase a new or used drum set, you will definitely need to decide between purchasing an electric or acoustic drum set.  There are pros and cons to each of these options.  For example, electronic drum sets are very, very quiet (you’ll need some headphones), and they also come with a litany of sounds programmed in that can be very fun to play with.  However, they don’t have the “feel” of a regular drum set and are not ideal for advanced students.  Also, if they break they are not very easy to fix.  In addition, if the student ever wishes to play with another person, they will need to purchase an amplifier which will cost at least one hundred dollars.  This is the best option for those looking to keep the volume down and will work just fine for a year or two.   

     Acoustic drums feel great to play because they are big, loud, and really make you feel like you’re rocking out.  Also, they make playing music with other musicians very easy because you don’t need an amplifier to hear them out loud.  They allow the student to develop a great sense of touch on the instrument as they grow more advanced; they look really cool as well!  However, acoustic (regular) drum sets are very loud, and have to be tuned every so often to sound good.  Also, the cymbals that come with a typical beginner drum set never sound super great and will only last about six months before the student begins to hear the difference and asks for nicer cymbals.  Thankfully, you can buy pads that can be placed on the drums and cymbals to make them as quiet as needed.              

Which Drum Set Do I Buy? 

     A “good” drum set is expensive, but a good starter acoustic drum set can be found, typically, for under $400 and a good starter electronic drum set can be found for around $300.  We recommend buying a drumset from, as we have had a lot of positive feedback from our students. Make sure to avoid "junior" drum sets; those are typically too small for beginners and small students can't grow into them.  An example of a good starter electronic drum set that we recommend would be the Remember, you really do get what you pay for when it comes to drums, and it never does hurt to buy something more expensive.    

Where Do I Buy A Drum Set?      

     While there are hundreds of places to purchase a beginning drum set, we at Musicology like to recommend people that we trust to help our students find the right drum set for them.  We at Musicology have taken note that a few of our clients have had trouble with a chain retailer (that I won't mention by name here), so we recommend It's easier to navigate to a good quality beginner drum set than, and as mentioned above, we have had quite a few students that have had a good experience.    


About Musicology 

     Musicology is Temecula’s premier music school.  We offer private drum lessons, guitar lessons, piano lessons, singing lessons, saxophone lessons, group rock band classes, and much more!  We tailor every lesson to the individual student and really make every lesson fun and informative.  For more information on our music lessons, please feel free to visit our website: 

or give us a call anytime at (951) 694-6040.         


How Much Should My Student Be Practicing?

How Much Time Should My Student Spend Practicing?

So, you’ve googled “guitar lessons near me”, found Musicology to be the best source for music lessons in Temecula, and signed-up your student for music lessons… What happens next?  How much time should my student be practicing at home?  This is the most common question that parents ask our teachers and the answer is not as straight-forward as you’d think.  The main factors that determine how long a student should be practicing in between their weekly music lessons are age, reasonability, skill level, personal goals, and motivation. 

The most important factor in determining the amount of time that a student should be practicing their instrument is reasonability.  Is it reasonable for a five-year-old to be practicing an hour every day?  No.  In fact, your average child between four and six should only be practicing a few minutes every day or every other day, but this will not happen if the parents do not help them develop a routine.  If a student has a very busy schedule during the week, or doesn’t even have an instrument to practice on it isn’t very reasonable for them to practice very much. 

Typically, it is reasonable to expect older students to practice for longer periods than younger students.  However, the student’s skill level must be taken into account.  If a student is a beginner, and I consider my students beginners for the first 3-5 years, it is normal for them to not practice very much, and most of their progress on the instrument comes from the music lessons that they take a Musicology every week.  This has to do with complicated business such as developing neuro-muscular memory, etc., and I won’t go into that here.  Let’s just say it can be over-whelming, frustrating, or boring to practice their assignments at home. 

Before we go any further, let’s define what I mean when I say practice: Practice is concentrated effort.  When I refer to practice in this article (and when the Music Instructors at Musicology refer to it), we mean practicing the assignment that they are given on a weekly basis and does not include time spent being creative, having fun, playing along with songs, and “messing around”.  The aforementioned is called playing music and it is equally as important as practicing.  Often, parents will discourage students from doing this when they haven’t practiced their assignment given in their weekly music lesson.  In contrast to the fun of playing and exploring the instrument, practicing their weekly assignment will be challenging and not fun (let’s be honest: most people don’t have fun when they can’t do something).

This brings us to motivation and personal goals.  As an educator of music for over 15 years, I have seen my students practice significantly less and less over the years.  This is due to that fact that children have easier access to electronic mediums (phones, tablets, computers, and gaming systems), and they spend more time on these devices than before).  This limits the time that students have to practice, and I’ve noticed that even my more motivated students practice a lot less than a decade ago.  If a student is highly motivated they should be encouraged to practice and play as much as they reasonably can.  Helping your student set personal goals (like participating in recitals, joining Musicology’s Rockology program, or tackling a piece or song that they want to learn) will really help motivate them to practice.

Here’s a chart below for beginners: (0-2 years depending on how the student progresses.)

Age (years)

Time (min)

















As a music teacher in Temecula, CA for over 15 years, I can say that the amount of time a student will practice really depends on the music student, how they develop, and how much time they have in their lives to practice.  In my own personal experience, I did not practice at all, really, for the first year that I took lessons when I was a kid.  Then, when I hit the age of 14, I couldn’t put my drum sticks down.  Please remember that music is a lifelong study and that practicing music will happen in cycles.  Think about the Statue of David and how many years it took Michelangelo to acquire that level of skill.  Could you sculpt as well as him with two years of weekly sculpting lessons? 

Here is a list of some things that you can do to promote an environment of productivity in helping your student to practice:

  • Encourage your student to practice using positivity: e.g.: “Think about how great it will feel to get on to the next piece”,   “Wouldn’t it be awesome to show off how good you are at playing along with this song”         
  • If your student feels frustrated or overwhelmed, encourage them to take a break or just start having fun.
  • Don’t let them quit!  I’ve heard a parent come in countless times and say: I use to play ____ but I quit; I wish I stuck with it now.  Conversely, I’ve never had a parent tell me that they wished their parents had let them quit music. 
  • Help your student develop a practice routine: help them to set aside the same time every day for practice and if you miss a day or two it is OK.
  • If your student falls into a cycle of disinterest and nothing seems to affect it, try a different instrument; we don’t do contracts at musicology for that very reason!
  • Provide your student with some motivation such as fun group classes, jamming with friends (or other Musicology students), and the recitals that we offer throughout the year.

Lastly, at Musicology, we know that taking music lessons and studying art allows all students to gain culture and build positive components of their characters, and that studying music is a lifelong process; I still practice every day because I’m still learning!

-Steve Denning