Absolutely! The family name for drums is percussion, and though a hand drum is different than a drum set all works together utilizing the same technique and approach. It is, in fact, encouraged for a hand instrument to be learned in conjunction with a stick-played drum for better feel and rhythmic understanding. The direct contact of hands on an instrument is more natural than contacting an instrument through using a pair of sticks. Often this method accelerates the student in learning their primary instrument.