UPDATED June 17th, 2017
Music has an amazing ability make you feel more energized, more relaxed or more empowered. It can give you a sense of belonging, a sense of community and a sense of freedom. And while the lyrics, the guitar solos and the hot guy at the microphone might all play their part, the drums have a unique ability to evoke an emotional response. Beyond that excellent reason to learn to play drums, they set the pace and the tempo for music. There is a reason that you will find drums in almost every genre of music, ranging from African tribal songs to pop hits.
Additionally, studies have found that there are many health and developmental benefits to playing the drums. According to Kimberly Sena Moore, a board certified music therapist, and professor at the University of Miami, “Research has provided support for the positive effect of drumming experiences on social behaviors, grief, self-expression, self-esteem, group cohesion, depression, behavioral issues, bimanual coordination, and learning for children and adults both with and without disabilities.” So whether you plan to be the next Phil Collins or you just want to jam with your kids, drums are a great activity to try.
Here are 15 reasons why you should learn to play drums: