I always commend my drum students when they’ve had a busy week but still manage to fit in some drum practice. My belief is that doing some practice is better than nothing at all, even if it is 10 min.
A regular question I get asked by parents is, “How much drum practice should my child be doing?”
The answer to this question depends on a few different factors such as the age of the student, experience and goals. When I was younger and after school I would usually get in an hour of practice each day.
It is important to have a regular practice schedule for success and each session should be structured. Note: I will write more on structuring your practice session in a separate article.
Below is a guide and minimum requirement for drum practice, this will help ensure consistent progress on the drums:
7-10 years of age 15 min, 3 – 4 times a week
10-12 years of age 20 min, 4 – 5 times a week
12-15 years of age 30 min, 5 + times a week
15+ years of age 30+ min, 6+ times a week
Remember this is a guide for minimum practice on the drums, if you really want to make great progress you should aim for 30 min everyday.
Have fun doing your drum practice!