A child needs to be at least 5 or 6 years old, depending on his/her maturity level and attention span.
You may rent mallet instruments at Music and Arts (various locations). Both Howren Music and Music & Arts keep practice pads, drum sticks, and mallets in stock for purchase. Occasionally, with the instructor’s help, you may be able to locate some good instruments and/or sticks and mallets on eBay.
Due to the nature of the instruments, drum and percussion lessons are given in the instructor’s home studio.