Frisco School of Music  ·  9255 Preston Road · Frisco, TX 75033  ·  214-436-4058 Drum Lesson FAQs Q: What is a good age to start private drum lessons? A: Our youngest beginners have been 5-6 years old, and the parent stays at the lesson with the student to make sure they can be helpful during home music time. Of course, any time in elementary school is fine and we have had adult beginners starting from scratch as well. Q: Do I need to have a full drum set to start? A: No. We ask that students have a pair of sticks to bring to lessons and at least a drum pad (thick rubber mat made for stick practice). You can even get just a snare drum to start with, and then work your way up to a drum set. Younger students should get a junior set so they can reach the bass pedal and cymbals. We have sticks and drum pads available for purchase at our school. Q: Will the teacher make me learn to read music…can't I just learn to play by ear? A: Playing by ear is great, and we also introduce students to the printed language of music. So, we do both. Teachers use a portion of each lesson for technique, music and notation reading along with playing to some favorite songs of the student's choice. We teach all styles of music from classical to jazz to rock and popular tunes. Q: Are there bands I can play with at your school? A: Yes! We have Rock School Bands and Jazz School Bands. Students are matched by age and ability level. The bands perform at different events throughout the year, on a professional stage with lights and sound, etc. Q: What if I do not like my teacher, or just do not like the instrument I have chosen? A: One of the benefits of taking lessons at our school is that we have several teachers on our Faculty in each department, and you can certainly change teachers if you wish. If you find out that your first choice of an instrument is just not for you, you can switch to another instrument or if you are not sure….enroll for our trial program called "Quick Start"- four lessons to check out the teacher and the program. 95% of the students who try a "Quick Start" series end up enrolling in yearly lessons. Q: Why do you use two drum sets for lessons? A: Using two drum sets during a one-on-one lesson with students, allows the teacher to instruct alongside of the student showing them what they are learning. This tandem style of teaching puts the student on a fast track to becoming a professional drummer that can easily play in a band. Our FRISCO location (Preston at Main Street) provides music lessons for our surrounding communities of Plano, Allen, McKinney, Celina, Prosper, Little Elm, The Colony and Dallas. Also available in Frisco: Piano Lessons, Guitar Lessons, Voice Lessons, Violin Lessons, Viola Lessons, Drum Lessons, Flute Lessons, Trumpet Lessons, Rock School, Jazz School, and Classical School. Checkout our main website at