Does your kid have a thing for tapping on the pans and desks? Seeing a future rockstar drummer there are we? Well, the only way you can be sure is by buying them a drum kit - if they stick around long enough for the passion, you'll get your answer! In this article, we've put together a list of the best cheap drum sets in 2021 that your child can get warmed up on and polish his/her skill! We've tried to zero in on rather beginner instruments than absolutely cheap ones so adult can benefit from them if they wanted to.
At the end, you'll find a detailed buying guide that will fill you in on everything you need to know about buying a drum set for kids. So, without any further ado, let's dig in!
Music is the first love language of a child and drums, the heartbeat of any band. Is your child eager to hit the pedals and strike a drum roll? In this section, we'll hook you up with everything you need to know before buying a drum set for your kids!
Things To Consider When Buying A Drum Set For Kids
Did you know there are drum sets that keep the noise level muted? It is true! There are a variety of drum sets available and to help you start your kid off on a drum set that hits all the right notes, we have briefed all the basics you should know below!
Type Of Drum Set
There are two types of drum sets available, one is the traditional drum set also known as an acoustic drum set and then there is the electronic drum set. Let's have a look at each below!
Acoustic (Traditional) Drum Set
The most commonly found - acoustic drum sets are great for beginners and generally inexpensive. They consist of a bass drum, a snare drum, some toms, and a set of metal cymbals - it may seem like a lot but acoustic drum sets are actually easy to set up!
Though they are loud, the sound they project offers a better 'feel' to kids and makes learning rhythm easier on the little minds!
Electronic Drum Set
Generally, a lot smaller in size compared to the acoustic drum sets, electronic drum sets are perfect solutions to keep your little ones busy on the drums while you get some decent rest in peace.
It consists of rubber pads as the drum heads and connects to headphones, reducing noise levels down to zero! The electronic drum sets also connect to an amplifier, perfect for kids to stage a little performance for you.
Hardware Of A Drum Set
Here's an overview of all the parts you can find in a general drum set.
The Bass Drum
The largest drum in the kit, the bass drum is also known as the kick drum. It is present at the center and projects the deepest sound. The bass drum is played using a bass drum pedal instead of drumsticks.
The Snare Drum
The loudest drum in the kit, the snare drum is also the most important drum in the kit. It projects a sound similar to what you hear during a march and can be played solely.
The Tom Drums
Generally present in a set of three, the tom drums consist of a medium and a high tom which is mounted to the drum set and a floor tom which is mounted on a stand.
Consisting of three main types, there is a ride cymbal which is usually found in full-sized sets and produces a bell-like tone. Then, a crash cymbal which makes the most noise and accents songs. You will also find hi-hats, a pair of cymbals which can also be played with a foot pedal.
The drummer's seat - make sure it is adjustable and comfortable to sit on so kids can jam out to their favorite songs without a worry!
The right drumstick is straight and does not wobble on a smooth surface. You will find most drumsticks constructed of hickory which is a low-weight, durable wood. For kids wanting to learn jazz, pick a 7A stick and if your child wants to rock and roll, a 2A stick will be perfect!
Finding The Right Size Of Drum Set For Kids
For little ones up to 6 years, plastic drum sets that resemble a 'toy' kit are the perfect way to introduce some rock and roll. Though they may not be as robust, the set usually has everything the child may need to start!
When your child hits the double digits, consider getting a 'junior' acoustic drum set which has a small-sized bass drum and toms, easy for children to reach.
For children 12 and up, full-sized drum sets can be a good purchase depending on their level of expertise. To accommodate their size, you can reposition many drum hardware - from the drum throne and the snare stand to the toms and the cymbals!
How Much Do Beginner Drum Sets Usually Cost?
Drum sets, on average, can cost you anywhere between $150 to $800 and more. You can find cheap drum sets or kits available for children up to 6-8 years old for less than $100 but they are outgrown very fast. Spending an extra buck and getting a good quality drum set that grows with your child is ultimately worth it!
Best Kids Drum Set FAQ
Q: Should I get a shell pack or a complete drum set for my child?
A: A complete drum set is great for beginners and includes all the hardware your child may need to start their music journey off on a good pedal. However, if your child has a bit of experience and would like to create a kit themselves, they have the option of purchasing each part of the drum set and the drums separately. Since shell packs include wooden drum shells only, they are a good option for upgrading a drum kit you already have.
Q: What is the difference between a 3-piece, a 4-piece and a 5-piece drum set?
A: It refers to the number of drums present in the drum set. Beginner drum sets are usually 4-piece sets including a bass drum, a snare, a floor tom and a mounted tom. 5-piece sets include an additional mounted tom while 3-piece sets only include a single tom drum with a bass and a snare drum.
Q: Do kids' drum sets need a lot of floor space?
A: It depends, drums are very accomodating instruments and can be arranged according to your preferences but generally, a 3-piece drum set may take about 36" x 24" of floor space while a 5-piece set may take about 40" x 26" which can be reduced by taking away the floor tom when it isn't needed.
Derek is a professional musician who specializes in percussion and works with the independent WGI group Cap City Percussion. With a Bachelors of Music from Capital University, specializing in Music Industry studies, he consistently finds himself playing and teaching percussion to anyone who has the will to learn. Derek is also a former member of DCI groups Legends (2014-15) and Colts (2016-18); he is also the percussion technician and instructor of the drum line at Olentangy High School. You may find him playing a gig throughout the greater Columbus, Ohio area.