Children’s Starter Drum Kits: Product Roundup

Children’s starter drum kits: Product Roundup

Do you have a child who wants to play the drums? Do they enjoy making rhythms on whatever objects come to hand? If so, you might have a budding musician on your hands! Learning musical skills early can be both an endless source of fun and a valuable enriching experience for them.

Starter Drum Kits at a Glance:

If you want to start them off right and give them an outlet for their creativity—or even just give them a toy that they will get hours of lively play from—you may be in the market for a child-sized set of drums. But there are a lot of options out there!

Whether you’re a musician yourself or new to the world of percussion instruments, you’ll want to know how they compare.

Here’s a look at the pros and cons of three different products designed for your child to safely learn, play, and play.

First Act Discovery Blue Swirls Stars Designer Drum Set, FD5057

Features:

This brightly-colored First Act Discovery three-piece drum set comes 90% pre-assembled, and the drums snap together using a patented pin mounting system designed to make setup easy. It has a 13.5-inch bass drum with California foot pedal, a tom, and a snare which can be adjusted to make it into a second tom, as well as a crash cymbal.

The set comes with wooden drum sticks, a tuning key, and instructions to help you tune the drums, as well as a learning kit with color-and-shape-coded stickers that will help younger children get started playing. It will probably be suitable for children aged 4-8 years.

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Pros:

  • Simple design with easy snap-together assembly
  • Colorful sticker system to help your child start learning to play
  • Adjustable on/off snare mechanism
  • Manufacturer’s warranty available on request
  • Colorful, fun blue star pattern designed by a professional music educator
  • Small drums work well for very young children

Cons:

  • Does not come with a drum throne or seat
  • Seems to be slightly less durable than similar products
  • California pedal may not be as durable as the more common chain-driven kinds

Music Alley DBJK02-BK Kids 3 Piece Beginners Drum Kit

Features:

Though it requires slightly more assembly, Music Alley’s kit is a similar design to the First Act Discovery set, with a 14.5-inch bass drum with pedal, an 8-inch tom and 8-inch snare, and a crash cymbal along with wooden drum sticks.

The snare is not designed to be readily transformed into a second tom, so this set is not quite as versatile as the other, but it features a sleek black look and real wooden drum shells. It also comes with an adjustable padded seat, so that your child can sit down and start playing right away!

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Pros:

  • Sleek black and chrome design with wooden drum shells
  • Manufacturer’s warranty available on request
  • Durable construction
  • Seat included!

Cons:

  • Some assembly required; the bass drum needs to be screwed together
  • Does not come with a guide to help children learn
  • Comes with California pedal instead of a chain-driven one

Mendini by Cecilio 16 inch 5-Piece Complete Kids / Junior Drum Set with Adjustable Throne, Cymbal, Pedal & Drumsticks, Metallic Blue, MJDS-5-BL

Features:

If your child is a little older and wants to take on a more complete drum set, you might start them on this Mendini Junior Drum Set, which is a five-piece set with more options for making music. It comes with a 12-inch floor tom, the 16-inch bass drum and pedal, and also with both 8- and 10-inch toms and a matching 10-inch snare.

Instead of just the one cymbal that the other kits are provided with, this one also comes equipped with both a crash cymbal and a chain-driven high hat for those higher-pitched accents. Finally, with a 16-inch instead of 14-inch bass drum and 10- and 12-inch as well as 8-inch toms, your child won’t grow out of this drum set as quickly; children up to 10 or even 11 can use them.

Like the Music Alley set, it also comes equipped with drumsticks and a ready-to-use adjustable padded seat.

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Pros:

  • Flashy, colorful metallic paint and appealing design
  • Comes in six different color options: Black, Blue, Red, Green, Silver, and White
  • With 5 drums and 2 cymbals, this set gives a realistic rock-star experience
  • The drums are larger than in the other kits, so they can be used longer
  • 1-year manufacturer’s warranty included
  • Durable construction
  • Comes with seat
  • More durable chain-drive pedal

Cons:

  • Some assembly required (half an hour to an hour)
  • Some of the drums need to be screwed together
  • More complex instrument may not be as suitable for the youngest children
  • No instructions on how to tune the drums
  • With a larger footprint, will take up more living space

Final Comparison:

In the end, each of these products are designed for learning and play rather than being high-end, professional musical instruments, and you will have to do a little work figuring out how to tune them and set them up.

Compare these drum sets:

For the youngest of new percussionists, the First Act Discovery kit will make this process as simple as possible, for both you and your child, and thus it seems to be one of the best options for the very youngest beginners. Don’t forget to buy a seat, though, or you might not be able to get your child started right away!

If you want your child to be able to do more with their drum set, however, and to use it a little longer, you may want to invest the extra time to get the more durable and slightly larger Music Alley set. You might even go all the way and get the full range of drums with the Mendini 5-piece set.

Though they may require somewhat more work, either of these options should provide you and your child with a bit fuller and longer-lasting drumming experience.

The Mendini 5-piece kit in particular, will let your child pursue their musical education quite a bit longer before you need to buy them a larger kit, making it ideal for parents who are more serious about getting their child started on their musical education.

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