Parents Inspire Six-Year-Old Drum Wizard!
It is often said that our parents inspire us to do great things. This might be an understatement when it comes to 6-year-old drumming extraordinaire Avery Molek. Young Avery is fortunate to have parents who have fostered his creativity in all the right ways. Yes, it’s true he has a rare gift beyond comprehension (we’ll save the power of rock and roll for another story.) Still, I’d like to consider how five tips for building early learning skills found on pbs.org have contributed to Avery’s drumming ability, or more importantly the smile on his face when he plays!
Let’s break it down.
“Let them choose. Give kids a chance to make simple choices.” At two-years-old, Santa brought Avery one toy guitar and one tiny drum set. We now know which one caught his attention.
“Help them finish what they start. Children experience great satisfaction when they try and finish new things.” Avery’s parents have encouraged his playing by allowing him time to practice, making sure his drum kit is in order, and finding a local drum instructor to teach him new skills.
“Nurture creativity. Offer them a wide range of new experiences.” Avery’s parents have given him the opportunity to play with numerous musicians. He participated in the “2012 OUT OF THE BASEMENT TOUR” which consisted of 15 shows spanning 4 states. Numerous magazines, newspapers, and TV stations have also featured the young drum wizard. These experiences have allowed Avery to share his love of music with the masses, which always puts a huge smile on his face!
“Don’t rush activities. Children need extended periods of time to really get involved in activities.” Although Avery gets many requests to play certain songs his parents encourage him to make his own selections. They know his taste in music will evolve and look forward to watching him grow musically on his own terms.
“Provide encouragement. Look for achievements to praise and acknowledge your child's progress whenever possible.” It’s obvious that Avery’s parents are behind him all the way. According to his biography “he has a mom and dad around to make sure he eats, sleeps, and lives the life of a regular child – otherwise he would want to be glued to his drum kit 24/7. When he can be coaxed away from his drum kit, Avery enjoys school, reading, basketball, climbing on his jungle gym, and playing video games.” None of this would be possible if not for the love that only a parent can give to their child.
Avery Molek’s parents gave him all this in just the first six years of his extraordinary life. Some might take this opportunity to put forth the “nature versus nurture” debate. I say, “Don’t bother! There’s a time and a place for that!” What we have here is a young man who loves to play the drums and proud parents who simply want the best for their child, a family that together truly ROCKS!
But don’t take my word for it.
I asked the young rock god himself about his love for the drums, rock and roll, and family. In the words of legendary KISS front man Paul Stanley, “YOU WANTED THE BEST, YOU GOT THE BEST!” Here’s 10 questions answered from the one and only Avery Molek!
Who are some of the first bands you remember hearing and are they still among your favorites today?
The first band I remember hearing was Kiss and then I got into AC/DC. They are still two of my favorites but I also like Motley Crue, Aerosmith, Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, Guns N Roses, and Metallica. There are too many I like to name them all.
Your parents have encouraged you to pursue the drums. Are they the coolest people on the planet?
I think they are the coolest PARENTS on the planet but rock stars are cooler.
Drummers are equally fun to watch, as they are to hear. How does it feel to see crowds cheering for you?
It makes me happy. When they cheer, it makes me feel like I am doing a good job. I really like that my music makes people happy.
Playing music can be challenging and rewarding at the same time. What advice would you give to kids your age interested in picking up an instrument?
I would tell them to pick an instrument they think would be fun to play. If something is hard to play, just keep practicing. Remember to have fun!
When I say, “Rock and Roll” what’s the first thing that comes to mind?
I think of Kiss because they like to “Rock and roll all night and party every day!”
Are there any specific drummers you look up to? If so, what do you admire about them?
Eric Singer is one of my favorite drummers because he is in my favorite band. He is so fun to watch and listen to. He can play all kinds of music, not just rock n roll. [EDITOR’S NOTE] Eric Singer is the drummer for Kiss if I need to clarify, apologies to the Kiss Army.
What are your current goals as a drummer?
Right now I just want to keep getting better and play with a lot of bands. It really helps me to learn a lot about playing with others and on stage.
Do you look forward to being in a steady band one day?
Yes! I really want to be in a band. It would be cool to tour all over the world and make records.
Do you ever dream about one day becoming a famous musician like the one’s you see on TV?
I would love to be a famous drummer in a rock and roll band someday. I hope to be famous like Kiss, Motley Crue or one of the other cool rock bands.
Who has better taste in music? Mom or Dad? Don’t answer if it risks getting grounded!
I like more of my dad’s style – rock and roll! My mom likes that too but also listens to country and “dance” music, which I am getting into too. My mom said I am not grounded for saying that.
I want to thank Avery, Liz, and Ed Molek for taking the time to share their story. I wish them the best of luck in all their future rock and roll endeavors. Avery, I look forward to seeing you play live one day perhaps with my own kids in tow…or even my grandkids! YIKES! You make me feel old! Rock and roll forever! Cheers!!
Check out Avery's appearance on Live with Kelly and Michael.
Visit the Avery Molek website: averydrummer.com
Also on Facebook: facebook.com/Avery-Drummer
See more of my work at: mountainlake.org/bn