Alfred's Kid's Drum Course is the easiest method ever for kids ages 5 and up from the makers of the #1 best-selling method for kids. This complete pack includes everything you need to get started playing right away including Alfred's Kid's Drum Course book and CD, and high-quality instruments: frame drum, set of maracas, woodblock, and mallets. Using plain language that's easy to understand, it teaches kids to play rhythms and songs on a variety of drums and sound sources, including all the instruments in this Starter Pack. You'll learn from three irresistible drum experts---a clever classical dog, one cool jazz cat, and a friendly alligator that loves the blues---who guide students along. They focus attention by pointing out what's important on each page and make learning music fun!
Who is it for? Ages 5 and up
What is included? Book - easy to ready and follow directions
CD - Expert musicians like the friendly alligator, classical dog, and jazz cat will guide little drummers through the lessons.
Instruments: Frame Drum, Set of Maracas, Woodblock & Mallets (Box Set)
Why buy? The #1 Best Selling method for kids now includes everything you need to get started right away!
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The Alfred Kid’s Drum Starter Pack comes with 3 percussion instruments, a lesson book, and a CD. The instruments are a small hand drum with 2 mallets, a wood block with a mallet, and a set of maracas. I would call the sizes of these particular instruments “kid-sized” because they are much smaller the the originals. The instruments are high quality, though. The mallets seem strong and I expect they will last quite a while before they break. The drum seems sturdy. The wood block is a very nice thick piece of wood. The maracas are also wood (not plastic) and are thicker than some real maracas I had in the past which did break.
The lesson book is paper back and has 47 pages. It’s for elementary aged students. I was quite impressed and inspired reading through the book! It starts out with a description of various types of drums, with photographs. But what’s really nice about the book is that you don’t need any percussion instruments at all in order to do the lessons and get started with learning to play drums. They encourage the kids to start with body percussion–clapping, patting, stomping, etc.
I love how the lessons steadily get more challenging. In each lesson the students are learning something new in music reading or technique. For example, the first lesson teaches reading 4 quarter notes per measure. Soon, they add a quarter rest to beat four. In technique, the student starts with just using one sound source (as I mentioned above, that could be clapping, or it could be one of the instruments that came in the kit). Then, they learn to read percussion music written with 2 sound sources. Later lessons start teaching about syncopation and improvisation. I can’t wait to use some of these with my students next year!
I haven’t even mentioned the CD yet. This makes the lessons that much more fun and interesting. There are 45 tracks on the CD. Each song starts with the beat (4 clicks for 4/4 time) and then plays the music accompaniment that the kids can play with. The lesson book tells which track on the CD to play for each lesson. Pretty soon the kids are playing along with real songs such as Yankee Doodle, Jingle Bells, and She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain.”
(Disclosure: I received the Alfred Drum Starter Kit, as well as monetary compensation, in order to write this completely honest review.)
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