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.

Drum Size

Mendini by Cecilio 13 inch 3-Piece Kids/Junior Drum Set with Throne, Cymbal, Pedal & Drumsticks, Metallic Blue
This popular youth starter set is available with bass (kick) drums from 13 to 16 inches in diameter.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.

Number of Pieces

Music Alley Kids 3 Piece Beginners Drum Kit
This set features twin tom-toms but you need to add a snare separately.Music Alley

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.


Gammon 5-Piece Junior Starter Drum Kit with Cymbals, Hardware, Sticks, & Throne
This junior drum kit includes all the hardware needed to attach and adjust five drums, bass pedal, cymbal and hi-hat.Gammon Percussion

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.