Our Favorite Free Resources for Drum Teachers
Giving drum lessons is an exciting and rewarding activity. Whether you’re teaching professionally or earning a little extra cash, you can inspire a new generation of drummers.
It can also be a difficult task. Knowing how to play the drums yourself is obviously essential to being able to teach. However, it’s certainly not the only requirement. Learn how to go from excellent drummer to awesome drum teacher with a little help from great internet resources.
Free Drum Sheet Music
Whether you want to teach beginner drum lessons or you’re already giving advanced classes, drum sheet music is an essential part of the coursework. You’ll go through a lot of sheet music over the course of your drum classes! You need to make sure that you’re finding songs your students will enjoy (based on their ability) and that as soon as you’ve finished working on one song, you have another one ready to go. For this, most drum teachers turn to websites like OnlineDrummer.com. There you’ll find an extensive library of professionally notated drum sheet music available for a few bucks per download.
Drum Teacher Resource Websites
As with any discipline, you can learn a lot from other professionals in the same field. The internet is full of websites geared toward drum students and drum teachers alike. Spend some time watching drum lesson videos on websites like FreeDrumLessons.com or Drumeo.com. Maybe you find one or more of your students are struggling with a certain technique. See how online instructors explain it and incorporate some of their ideas into your classes.
Here’s a list of our favorite sites:
- vicfirth.com – Amazing lessons and resources, even games.
YouTube is an Amazing Resource for Drummers
By incorporating audio-visual aids you can help make your classes more interesting and engaging. Lucky for you, the video-sharing website, YouTube, has a lots of videos that can help supplement your classes. During class, drum instructors can pull up YouTube videos demonstrating techniques they’re trying to teach.
Check out this video from Drumeo, an aid for how to teach your drum lessons.
Resources for Drum Students
Great beginning drum lessons don’t just teach the basics, but also inspire and empower students to keep drumming. Be sure to mix it up. Spend time watching cool videos of drum solo compilations or amazing performances by you or your student’s favorite drummers. This can show your student what’s possible with a lot of time and hard work.
You can even make your own videos and put them up on YouTube. Assign a video or two to your students for homework in between classes to get them practicing. This can remind them of tips you covered during class, helping them to stay on track even when you’re not physically there. As a bonus, if other people stumble upon your videos, it could wind up being great free advertising for your drumming classes!