Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Junior Drum Kit

If you know someone that’s able to keep a rhythm and you don’t mind a little noise, a drum set for beginners might foster a lifelong passion for music.

Drummer drumming on drums.
One of the great things about drums is you can add pieces to your set as your skills develop.Josh Sorenson

The good news is your youngster loves music, has talent, and wants to learn to play. The rest of it is, well, he wants to play the drums. No scratchy violin, no squeaky saxophone, and no Pachelbel Canon in D on piano. Yes, there is the noise of drumming, and yes, the neighbors might complain. But drumming is a terrific skill. Before you run out to get someone their first set, consider these factors.

Mendini by Cecilio 13 inch 3-Piece Kids/Junior Drum Set with Throne, Cymbal, Pedal & Drumsticks, Metallic Blue
This popular youth kit comes in six colors.Mendini

Bass (kick) drums in youth sets will usually have a 16-inch diameter, though you can find bass drums as small as 13 inches on sets designed for kids 5 or 6 years old. Much larger and you’re getting into adult drum sets (20+ inches). The rest of the drums will typically be sized to the bass drum, with the snare drum around 10 inches diameter.

Eastar 14 inch Kids Drum Set Age 5 Real 3 Pieces with Throne, Cymbal, Pedal & Drumsticks, Metallic Sky Blue
This set comes with a snare, bass, tom-tom and more.Eastar

For the full drumming effect, all you really need are the four pieces—the bass (with pedal) and snare drums, a crash cymbal, and the throne to sit on. From there you can add a ride cymbal, hi-hat cymbals, and a series of tom-tom drums in various sizes. But don’t skimp on the basic four pieces just to create a larger set for looks.

Mendini by Cecilio 16 inch 5-Piece Complete Kids/Junior Drum Set with Adjustable Throne, Cymbal, Pedal & Drumsticks, Metallic Wine Red, MJDS-5-WR
Sized for kids under 5 feet tall.Mendini

Drum kit setup is very much a personal thing, as drummers adjust their pieces around them according to preference and fit. As such, the clamps and stand hardware needed to attach and adjust the drums and cymbals must be well-fitted and easy to loosen and tighten.