What you will learn?

How to keep time

How to play with a metronome

Coordinate all 4 limbs

Learn to play with a track

Learn the stick technique

Identify the different parts of a drum kit

Learn basic patterns in different styles of music

Learn practice techniques

How does it work?

  1. Click on Get started now and schedule a FREE interaction with our SaPa expert.
  2. Discuss your/your child’s interests with our Carnatic music expert to chart out a customised learning path.
  3. After understanding your requirements, our expert will recommend a suitable learning level for you/your child.
  4. Fix western drums class timings that are suitable for you and attend your first class.
  5. Pay only if you like the first class. If you are satisfied, welcome to a rewarding journey towards becoming a drummer.

Who can learn?

Anyone interested in learning percussion instruments.

Anyone interested in Western music

Age no bar!

Prior knowledge of music not required!

Benefits of learning the drums

Channelises energy harmoniously

Improves coordination

Develops motor skills

Enhances creativity

Boosts confidence

Promotes self-expression

Encourages teamwork

What our students are saying

I really like to learn songs quickly. I like that my teacher knows me really well and always makes sure I'm learning at a pace that keeps me excited. She makes sure to send me recordings and karaoke tracks so I can practise well during the week before my next class

- Aatmika, age 11, Student

It's nice to see my daughter enjoying herself while also practising consistently. She gets individual attention and feedback from her teacher, which helps her.

- Nisha, SaPa Parent

A Western drum set consists of…

  1. Bass Drum - This primarily maintains the beat of the song. You can play it with a pedal that you operate with your foot to beat the bass drum.
  2. Snare drums - One of the central drums in a drum kit, these drums have snares (wires) stretched inside the instrument’s bottom head. These drums can make two different kinds of sounds based on whether you have the snares (wires) on or off. It is placed on a stand. It is used in orchestras, bands, parades, and other concerts.
  3. Tom-toms - There are generally 2-3 tom-toms in a drum set. They can be set to different pitches.
  4. Cymbals - These generally come in pairs. Ride cymbals, hi-hat cymbals, and crash cymbals are generally used. These may be used with a pedal or without and can produce closed and open sounds. They are used in ensembles, orchestra, and bands.
  5. Drum sticks - You can play the drums with regular drum sticks or with drum brushes (for softer sounds). Different parts of the drum stick - tip, shoulder, shaft, and butt, are struck to create a light or heavy sound.

Other accessories like pedals, drum and cymbal stands, extensions, and hardware are also part of some drum kits.

Fun Facts about Drums

  • While one drummer plays all the different drums in a drum set today, in the early days of drum playing, different people would play each drum in the set. Imagine how much more skilled drummers have become today!
  • Each individual part of a drum kit used to be a separate instrument in its own right. It was combined later to form the drum kit we know today.

Indian and Western Percussion Instruments

Indian percussion instruments include tabla, mridangam, pakhawaj, dholak, ghatam, khanjira, dhols, and so on! These are used to play classical music - Carnatic and Hindustani as well as film and folk music.

Western percussion instruments include bells, clappers, gongs, drums, cymbals, xylophones, and so on. They are used in rock concerts, Bollywood, fusion, bands, and orchestras.

Why SaPa Music Classes?

  1. One-on-one classes - Choose your progress speed, benefit from personalised classes
  2. Learn at any age - Remember the right time is when you are ready!
  3. Lessons by professional musicians - SaPa’s educators perform as well - benefit from their practical experience
  4. Structured & standardised syllabus - Learn systematically from a well-researched & structured curriculum
  5. Flexible timings - Choose to learn at your convenience
  6. Student showcase - Selected performances featured in our Social Media pages with 3 lakh followers
  7. Specialised Training - Get trained for all purposes - performances, certifications or simply for pure enjoyment!

What do you need?

Any device with audio and video facilities, a good internet connection, a metronome app, a drum set

About SaPa

SaPa, the Subramaniam Academy of Performing Arts, started in 2007 is the home for great music and musicians. Ably led by our founders, legendary musicians Dr. L. Subramaniam and Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam, SaPa has a strong legacy of excellence in Carnatic and global music.

Here at SaPa, we believe in ‘learning through fun’. We have exciting, interactive elements in all our lessons, and ensure that students bring their musical vision to life while also having a great time.

Why talk to a SaPa expert?

We believe strongly in every student’s unique learning process. Some learn better while working together, others do better with one-on-one attention. Some learners start from scratch, while others can get a headstart from previous experience. Every perspective is important, which is why we recommend that you start your journey with us by speaking to our SaPa expert.

When you sign up for our ongoing classes, you get to chart your own learning path within our structured curriculum. You can consult with our SaPa expert on any questions you may have, before taking your first step.

I still have some more questions

Buying your first drum kit after you join Western drum classes can be an intimidating thought. It is not only the price that can make you think twice - you might have to consider the space it will occupy and how you can practise considering the decibel levels produced by a drum set.

There are a few other considerations:

  • You can choose between buying a used or a new drum set.
  • You can opt to buy each part of the drum kit from the same brand or buy from different brands and assemble them.
  • You will also have to factor in size if you are buying a drum set for your child. Junior or pocket kits are available. Kids may not be able to reach the pedals or the drums themselves in an adult drum kit. It would be best to go to an instrument shop to buy the drums in person to get the right size for your child. This will also enable you to check the set for any damages or scratches.
  • You can also try an electronic drum kit if you are worried about noise. However the feel is slightly different from an acoustic kit.

We would suggest that you buy an entry level drum kit for beginners from any good brand.

Yes! We have drum classes for beginners that will start you off with the basics - for children and adults alike. You don’t have to know music.

You will learn theoretical and practical aspects of Western music as well as Western drums in SaPa’s Western drum classes. This will include reading Western notation, introduction to various aspects of the drum kit, basic notes, how to hold the drum sticks, different beating techniques, and, of course, songs - in a systematic manner and at your own pace.

Yes, of course! Generally, drum solos are integrated into the main performance.

This will depend on the hours of practice you put in. :) It is possible to play as part of an ensemble on stage in about a year.

It would be best to take some expert guidance even when you want to learn on your own. Try SaPa’s self-paced course - Learn to play the drum with Russ Miller.

If your child is below 11-12 years of age, it would be best to buy a kid’s drum set. Many brands sell junior drum kits for children between the ages of 4 and 10 years. The right size of drums will also depend on the height of your child. So, if your child is taller than the average height of that age category, consider a category higher. And similarly for if your child is shorter than the average height in his/her age category. It would be best to visit a store before buying a drum set.

We will assign the right educator for you based on your interaction with our expert. We can assure you that all our educators are well-qualified, experienced, and super friendly. :)

Just communicate this to your educator! SaPa already has a structured syllabus that will help you progress systematically. If the song you wish to learn falls within your learning curve, your educator would be happy to teach you!

Both online and offline classes are going on currently. Some classes have shifted to our physical centres. So, if you are looking for Western drums classes in Bangalore, please get in touch with our expert to find out the class timings to learn the Western drums.

We have drum classes in our Bangalore centres at Sanjaynagar and Rajajinagar. Do feel free to join any that suits your convenience.

Yes, absolutely. Our students and teachers have had a great time with the lessons! Come, join our close-knit family to experience it for yourself. There’s only one way to find out!

Once you sign up for the live classes, we will connect you with a Western drums educator. Generally, classes take place on Zoom or Skype. Do book a free session with our SaPa expert so we can take you through the process seamlessly.

On occasion of any emergency, SaPa’s educators do accommodate rescheduling requests. We would request that if possible, you inform your educator 24 hours in advance.

Very young children enjoy beating instruments so toy drums might count as one of their earliest toys. If you think your child would like to learn to play, kids as young as 4 years can begin with junior kits. Leave the rest to the expertise of SaPa’s educators!

Yes, absolutely. SaPa’s educators help students with all aspects of a performance such as posture, placement of a mike next to the drums, stage presence, connecting with your audience while playing and stage fright. Expect allround inputs on giving a stellar performance!

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