Today I experienced something I haven’t experienced in a while…criticism. An individual on Facebook was struggling to come up with teaching material for his 6-year-old student. After 140 comments I jumped in and suggested our book FUNdamentals of Drumming for Kids. His response, “Yes I got that but didn’t work for me sorry. Not fun enough.”
At first I was taken aback as the only negative critique we have received to date was posted over on our Amazon page. The comment was “Not impressed.”
I think it was the Facebook statement “Not fun enough” that caught me off guard. Not fun enough? That’s what the book is about. Granted there are some explanatory parts meant to be read by the parent or teacher, but the exercises are meant to inspire kids to want to play the drums.
After I pondered this comment for a while I came to the conclusion that it was exactly what I needed to hear. Constructive criticism sparks the motivation to do better. Without criticism what desire do we have to improve? It’s very easy to rest on your success, living in the past without striving for the future. So I say thank you Gary Leach. Your opinion has inspired me to do better as a drummer, a blogger, an author and an educator.