If your child is banging his or her dinner utensils around and smacking pillows with plastic lightsabers, it’s likely time to transition your budding rhythmatist to some drum lessons. The challenge is how to maintain the entertainment factor of bashing household items and toys while incorporating some disciplined learning.

Happily, one of our Modern Drummer publications, FUNdamentals of Drumming for Kids, is a perfect resource for exposing children to the joys of music making. Coauthor (with Michael Aubrecht) and video demonstrator Rich Redmond offers easy, fun, and unintimidating exercises and lessons designed to engage young drummers.

Here are the first five lessons to introduce your child to Redmond’s teaching process. See if these videos spark interest, and keep the percussion party going by clicking to the many free lessons available on the Modern Drummer Official YouTube channel.

Lesson One: Introduction

Lesson Two: Parts of a Drumset

Lesson Three: Drumstick Dexterity

Lesson Four: Note Recognition

Lesson Five: Counting