There are three main reasons to learn Drum Set:
Percussion, along with music in general, has a unique ability to communicate not only ideas in words but also in pitch, tone, and rhythm. While it can be dry and academic to discuss music theory, actually using it is quite the opposite. Students who pursue music find themselves experiencing a whole new dimension of human nature, and it really is something special. When words alone fail, music can often express (and even soothe) the soul – even when that music is simple rhythm and accent.
2) Social Enterprise
Music, while it can be done alone, is often a group activity. Friendships are easily formed when two people have guitars (or other instruments) and have the ability combine their unique skills together. Even if the student never partakes of an organized collection of musicians (in school or in the garage), he or she will doubtless find times to play with friends. Young drummers are often hard to find, which always serves to create demand!
3) Cognitive Development
Music theory, while certainly understandable with proper work ethic, is a rigorous discipline. Drum theory is in many ways even more rigorous – not only tracking advanced rhythms but also manipulating endlessly complex variations to match and support the entire band. It involves memorization, logic, and the development of a good “ear” for music (which, happily, normally develops quite naturally through study). The same tools that students learn pursuing a knowledge of music theory will serve them well in every other area of study they may pursue.