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Syd Learns Drums with Ryan

Updated: Jun 30, 2022

Hi everyone! My name is Syd, and I’m the Front End Manager here at the Kitchener Academy of Music. Even though I work at a music school, I’ve actually never taken music lessons before- can you believe that? So I figured now is as good a time as any to get started! Join me as I take music lessons with some of our amazing teachers. So far I’ve taken Violin, Guitar, Vocal, Theory, Piano and Drum lessons! You can read all about them HERE!

Today I was so excited to have a drum lesson with Ryan! This was my second time playing the drums- I’d already taken a lesson with Keagan where he taught me some basic drum skills & knowledge. I was super excited to learn some more during my lesson with Ryan today! First, Ryan started off with a review of quarter notes and eighth notes. I’ve got to say, it took me a little while to find my rhythm, but after a bit of practice it got a lot easier! Then Ryan moved on to having me play a rhythm on the snare drum. Ryan also had me try out the bass drum, which you play using a foot pedal. I also tried out the high hat cymbal, which was my personal favourite (even though it was really loud!)

To finish up our lesson, Ryan had me try out a series of rhythms, using the snare drum, bass drum, AND high hat cymbal. That was a challenge for me for sure! I had to coordinate my hands and my feet (because of the bass drum pedal), and remember which drum I was hitting at which time. It was a real test of my coordination, but it was also a lot of fun! It took me a few tries, but in the end I was able to play the pattern (mostly) correctly! I really loved my drum lesson today; all of the instruments I’ve tried so far have been so different, and I think that’s one of the best parts of getting to try out so many different types of musical instruments. Every class is a new adventure!

If you’re interested in taking drum lessons, or any music lessons, contact us today! Right now you can sign up for Music Lessons at The Kitchener Academy of Music for by emailing us at, or giving us a call at (519) 893-2121. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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