This paper discusses how drums are made, how they produce sounds and how they are integrated into music composition.

The production of music begins with notes written on paper which become sound through the use of an instrument and are translated into meaning by the human hearing mechanism. There are many different combinations of notes just as there are many different instruments from which to choose. A personal favorite is the drum. How this instrument creates sound and how it is heard will be explored in this analysis.
There are four classes of musical instruments: strings, winds, percussion, and electrical. Drums fall into the percussion category. The instruments classified within this group create music when struck, and include bells, triangles, tambourines, xylophones, and drums. Drums are built in varying sizes and with varying materials but share some basic …