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Choosing the instrument to learn

Choosing the instrument to learn

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Why choose a percussion instrument?




Exercise – 

Increased coordination – 

Improved ambidextrousness – 

Improves immune system 

Relieves stress – 

Promotes sociability – 

Enables self-expression – 

Enhances mood – 

Increases brain development– 

Therapeutic – 



Music is an art and truly brings you a feeling of serenity in addition to a physical learning experience. The act of playing a percussion instrument gives both the mind and body tons of benefits. Easily accessible, a fun way to create rhythms, and an excellent way to exhibit self-express yourself through music, playing a percussion instrument is one of the exciting hobbies to embark.

Here is Health Fitness Revolution’s top 10 health benefits of playing a percussion instrument:

Exercise – The repetitive movement of playing the drums combined with the endurance can constitute as a great workout. You can play percussion sitting or standing but either way your hands, fingers, arms, and feet are in constant movement and are receiving a crazy workout!


Increased coordination – Playing percussion instruments assists both kids and adults with their coordination and motor skills. Playing the drums utilizes the hands, fingers, arms, and feet. It requires simultaneous movement and perfect timing which improves rhythmic coordination and can even foster ambidextrousness.

Improved ambidextrousness – Dexterity is a physical skill known for precision movements but being ambidextrous – being equally competent in both your left and right hand, regardless of whichever is the dominant hand – is a rare but very useful trait. Playing percussion over time improves ambidexterity therefore as you age your hands and fingers will increase in speed and range of movement.

Improves immune system – A 2001 study published in the scientific journal Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine proved that participants who were involved in drumming experienced higher levels of natural killer cells, which provide the body with an accelerated immune response. This can help you fights diseases, keeping you healthier and more fit to pound on the drums!

The Mental Benefit

An important benefit of taking music lessons is the development of mental health. When students begin to play a musical instrument, different areas of the brain are stimulated. Instruments require a student to coordinate multiple parts of the body for the proper execution of one complicated task. Playing an instrument requires a student to read notes while moving fingers very precisely. As all pieces and musical tones are played differently, learning an instrument sharpens the brain as each hand receives different instructions from multiple parts of the brain simultaneously.


Relieves stress – With percussion you can play as you please. If you want to move fast or slow it’s up to you. Once the creation of music begins you are in sync with your beat and allowing you to release your pent-up worries; in this moment, it’s just you and your instrument.

Promotes sociability – Playing percussion can be done individually as well as in groups. It brings people together through a common ground of unique music making. Groups can inspire oneself to put more effort in. Everyone beating on the drums, each creating their own melody, brings everyone together.

Enables self-expression – Drumming is an avenue to expressing one’s true self. Finding your own rhythm and beat opens you up to a new perspective. By creating music with your own two hands allows you to aesthetically release your memories and experiences unique to you.





Enhances mood – Any type of music-making is a fun learning experience. When creating a beat, it’s a natural mood enhancer because it’s spontaneous and energizing. The vibrations are entertaining and bring about positive energy.

Increases brain development– Children who start playing instruments at a young age are known to have better verbal memory and reading ability. Playing an instrument over time is a continuous learning experience.

Therapeutic – Studies have proved the effect of drumming in enhancing brainwaves. The act of drumming is truly healing, it allows you to immerse yourself into the beats of your music.

The Physical Benefit

Nothing soothes the mind better than music especially classical music. When students begin to play an instrument, they are better able to express their emotions through performance/practice. Playing out emotions through an instrument helps relieve stress in the mind and the body while achieving a state of healthy relaxation. Once students begin to play, we  witness an increase in self-confidence coupled with a sense of accomplishment which  raises morale and self-esteem.

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Our Mission

to create teacher-student relationships that cultivate the highest order of achievement and enjoyment in all aspects of music and pre-university academics, to establish a foundation for life-long student growth, and to offer pleasurable self-interest programs and exam preparation to students of all ages and levels that are tradition based but future oriented. Our teachers strive to be inspiring as well as musical and intellectual leaders. Further, we endeavor to expand the opportunities available to all students and to enhance the quality of our community’s musical life.

Our Percussion Faculty

Charles Cheaver,  Assistant Professor

 Department Head – Percussion

Teachers of Percussion: Charles Cheaver, Ronald House, Seymor Harner, David Neale

Department Head – Percussion

Charles Cheaver is associate professor in percussion. Prior to his appointment at SIN/I, he was the principal timpanist of several orchestras for nine years and a regular performer as both percussionist and timpanist for ten. He has performed with numerous orchestras.

Professor Cheaver ‘s chamber music experience includes performances with the Chamber Players, the Percussion Group and the New Century Quartet. He is a founding member of the Percussion Group.


Professor Cheaver has won both first and second prize in composition from the Arts Society. A number of his compositions are considered standard percussion repertoire and are played internationally. Cheaver has appeared as a performer, composer, or clinician at seven Arts Society International Conventions. Cheaver is an Artist/Educator clinician for the Percussion.