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Drum lessons for kids around Montreal

If you are looking for a way to interest your children in music, drum lessons may be a good option. After all, I can’t imagine many children who wouldn’t want to be given sticks and then permission to make a lot of noise. And from a practical standpoint, drumming teaches kids about rhythm, eye-hand coordination, concentration and communication (drummers must constantly be listening and responding to the other people playing around them). It can also be a great stress reliever, making it a popular choice for teens.

If you’re worried about noise levels in your home, take heart. There are many different styles of drums, some quieter than others. Electronic drum kits are also available, which allow the player to hear through headphones (thus sparing family members). You’ll find a variety of courses in Montreal, from a basic introduction on a regular drum set to groups focusing on world music or even Japanese Taiko drumming. Here are some places to check out:


Italmelodie offers a special introductory program called Eveil Musical, for children age 3-5, where they explore music and rhythm through games and percussion instruments. Students must purchase a percussion kit for $30 (available in-store) to practice at home. There are also individual drumming lessons available for age 6 and older. Private lessons teach rudimentary drumming plus whatever the student wants to learn, including jazz, pop, rock, and blues.

Schedule: Eveil Musical classes begin at the end of September. Private lessons can be scheduled any time.
Cost: Eveil Musical is $300 for 12 weeks. Individual lessons are $20 for 30 minutes, $29 for 45 minutes, $38 for 60 minutes. Lesson and trial packages are also available. An additional $25 sign-up fee covers the cost of manuscripts, books, and a carrying case for notes.
Location: 250 Jean Talon E., Montreal
For more information: Call (514) 273-3224 or visit www.italmelodie.com/musicschool.

Lasalle Music Academy

Lasalle Music Academy is school that offers private drum lessons in jazz, Latin, pop, funk and heavy metal, with emphasis on improvisation. Students can perform at recitals twice a year and are allowed to practice at the school for free three times per week for up to 30 minutes. Students must bring their own drum sticks, which are available for purchase at the store.

Schedule: Private drum lessons are offered every day except for Friday and Sunday.
Cost: There is a 10 per cent discount available for 45 and 60 minute lessons when 10 or more are booked at one time. A 30 minute lesson is $20; 45 minutes is $29 and 60 minutes is $38.
Location: 7685 Edouard, Lasalle
For more information: Call (514) 363-6771 or visit www.academielasalle.com.

Kosa Music

Kosa MusicKosa Music offers group and individual lessons in African, Brazilian, and Cuban drumming, as well as jazz, funk, rock, the djembe, regular drum set, and bongos. There is an end-of-year recital and the possibility of an exchange program with one of the Kosa Music schools in China, Cuba or Italy. All materials, except for drumsticks, are provided. For age 6 and up.

Schedule: The fall semester begins September 10. Lessons are offered after school and on weekends.
Cost: Group lessons are $250 for 10 weeks. Individual classes are $38 for 30 minutes, $48 for 45 minutes or $58 for one hour.
Location: to be confirmed
For more information: Call (514) 482-5554 or visit www.kosamusic.com.

Mont Royal Music Academy

Private, one-on-one drum lessons for all ages and levels.

Schedule: No set semester for classes. Call for private lessons.
Cost: $18 for  30 minutes. $36 per hour
Location: 5964 Notre Dame de Grace Ave., Montreal
For more information: Call (514) 880-6495.

 Montreal Academy of Music

Private, one-on-one drum lessons for all ages. Students can learn the conga, djembe, acoustic drums, and more.

Schedule: No set semester for classes. Call for private lessons.
Cost: Prices depend on instructor and type of drumming. Range is $20 – $30 per 30-minute lesson. One hour or 45-minute lessons also available.
Location: of your choice.
For more information: Call (514) 376-8742 or visit www.academiedemontreal.com.

West Island Music Academy

West Island Music AcademyLessons are tailored to a student’s interests, be that jazz, rock, heavy metal or blues. Students must provide their own drumsticks and bring headphones. Recitals twice a year give young people the opportunity to perform for peers, friends and family. For ages 8 and up.

Schedule: The fall session runs from September 4 to December 14. Lessons are 30 or 60 minutes long, once a week, Monday to Friday, 3 p.m. – 9 p.m., and weekends 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: $25 per 30-minute lesson. $40 per one-hour lesson.
Location: 61 Place Frontenac, Pointe Claire
For more information: Call (514) 505-6606 or visit www.westislandmusicacademy.com.

Arashi Daiko

Students are taught how to play the Japanese Taiko drum, an instrument that comes in many sizes and is hit with large sticks or mallets. Classes begin with a warm up and children are taught the basic positions and methods of this style of drumming. Emphasis is placed on respect and discipline. Students have the opportunity to perform in Arashi Daiko shows and Japanese festivals in Montreal.  All materials are provided; participants should wear comfortable clothes. For ages 4-12.

Schedule: Every Sunday morning, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Register in advance.
Cost: $5 per class
Location: The Japanese Cultural Center, 8155 Rousselot, Montreal
For more information: Contact Mikio Owaki, Taiko instructor at (514) 522-9820, or visit www.arashidaiko.org.


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