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Congratulations, Parents!

Your decision to provide your child with a musical education is an investment in your child’s future.

In making it possible for your child to play a musical instrument you are providing them with the opportunity for self expression, creativity, and personal achievement. Numerous studies indicate that positive parental attitude, support, and involvement are important factors in a child's ability to successfully learn to play and enjoy music. Like any skill, interest counts far more than talent. With the right support from you, playing music will become a natural part of your child's life.


  • Provide a quiet place for them to practice

  • Remain nearby during practice times

  • Schedule a consistent, daily time for practice as often as possible

  • Praise their efforts and achievements

  • Make sure your child counts out loud

  • Keep your child's scheduled drum lessons weekly 

  • Encourage your child to practice as often as they can

  • Allow them to experience several music genres

  • Remind your child it's OK to take a break and relax

  • Ask Thom about in-home drum tuning, set-up techniques, Traps Drums, or using video as a learning tool

  • Consult with Thom before purchasing a drum kit or equipment for beginners

How you fit in
What To Do
  • Encourage your child to play for family and friends

  • Offer compliments and encouragement regularly 

  • Help your child build a personal music library

  • Expose your child to a wide variety of music - including attending concerts and recitals

  • Encourage your child to talk with you about their lessons

  • Make sure your child's instrument is always in working order

  • Allow your child to play many types of music - not just study pieces and music sheets

  • Try to get your child to make a minimum two-year commitment to his or her music studies

  • Listen to your child practice and acknowledge improvement

  • Allow your child to be creative; especially with new material

What Not To Do
  • Do NOT start your child on an instrument that is in poor working order or condition

  • Do NOT expect rapid progress and development in the beginning of your child's musical instruction

  • Do NOT hesitate to contact Thom Callan if you need help with your child's musical insruction or have questions

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