Surprising benefits of learning the drums

Learning to play any new instrument can be very beneficial for many reasons. Learning the drums in particular, can have massive benefits to your health and attitude. Here is a list of some of the most surprising positive effects that can happen to you after drums lessons.

stress reducing

Surprisingly, playing the drums can reduce stress levels by a massive amount. When playing the drums our brain releases feel-good endorphins. This is not limited to a drum kit, but also include a djembe drum or even a marching band drum. Playing the drums, even for just a few minutes, can boost your mood. This state is usually common among athletes and is known as “Runners High”.


Playing the drums for long periods of time, and repeatedly can improve your fitness massively. The fitter you are, the longer you can play. This provides an incentive for someone to be healthy.  As well as this, playing is more of an exercise than any other instrument. At any given time nearly all 4 limbs are moving and working to create music. There are hardly any breaks, as taking one mid-song would ruin it.


As said before, when you play the drums, you have to coordinate all four limbs to work together at the same time. If you’re more dominant with one hand, chances are you don’t do much with the other. Your brain has to work your non-dominant side to strengthen and coordinate your non-dominant limbs.

“Research shows that the physical transmission of rhythmic energy to the brain actually synchronises the left and right hemispheres. So, when the logical left hemisphere and the intuitive right hemisphere of your brain begin to pulsate together, your inner guidance system – or intuition – becomes stronger”- Dr Christiane Northrup

social skills/confidence

To be successful, drummers must learn to play both loud and soft. The act of playing loud takes confidence, as playing at such a high volume gains a lot of attention. For those who are not ready is can be quite nerve-racking, however, the more you play around people, the more confident it will make you.

In addition to this, drumming can be enjoyed by everyone and unites all cultures and ages across the world and those with musical training communicate better with peers and are more empathetic. Drumming also teaches you to read non-verbal cues, which can help you learn to read between the lines, as drummers get lots of practice expressing ideas without using words


If you’re a pretty decent drummer, you can end up making some money on the side. Beyond all the physical and mental health benefits, making money from doing what you enjoy can be seen as enough encouragement to want to improve your skills.

You can earn money as a drummer in quite a few different ways, most common would be session work, however, if you join a band you could take your skills to new heights and become pretty popular



Our team at Progress provides the highest level of professional drum lessons in Birmingham. All lessons are conducted in one of our purpose built private studios on a 1-2-1 basis and use the latest, high-end Roland and Natal Drums equipment.

As with all music lessons at Progress, Drum lessons are conducted using our unique methodology where each lesson is completely personalised. Lessons are geared towards the student’s learning style, musical tastes, goals and targets. Your progress will be constantly monitored by your tutor and Progress Music Academy and will be adjusted and tweaked along the way to tailor you with the most appropriate learning pattern and guarantee results!

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