drum kitdrum set[1] or trap set is a collection of drums and other percussion instruments set up to be played/struck by a single player.[2]

The traditional drum kit consists of a mix of drums (classified as classically as membranophonesHornbostel-Sachshigh-level classification 2) and idiophones (Hornbostel-Sachs high-level classification 1, most significantly cymbals but also including the woodblock and cowbell for example).[3] More recently kits have also included electronic instruments(Hornbostel-Sachs classification 53), with both hybrid and entirely electronic kits now in common use.

A standard modern kit (for a right-handed player), as used in popular music and taught in many music schools,[4]contains:

  • snare drum, mounted on a stand, placed between the player's knees and played with drum sticks (which may include rutes or brushes)
  • bass drum, played by a pedal operated by the right/left foot
  • hi-hat stand and cymbals, operated by the left foot and played with the sticks, particularly but not only the right hand stick
  • One or more tom-tom drums, played with the sticks
  • One or more cymbals, played with the sticks