As far as I know, any drummer that I have ever met started out just hitting drums and recreating what they've heard and then slowly improved as they dabble in theory and lessons, years later they'll have a comprehensive knowledge of rhythm, structure and music, but not harmony or tonality. For me though, a classically trained cellist, studdied at university for composition and I've been playing bass in bands through my whole life. I'm just wondering if someone who took more of an academic approach and already knows these things would make a better drummer in the long run as all you'd need to learn would be the mechanical skill and muscle memory. Thoughts? ---edit--- I can see how this could be seen as a dig at drummers, but I mean it in the nicest way.