This 30 Player Class Percussion Budget Pack gives you everything you need to get a whole class playing together. This is not yet another percussion box; it’s a carefully thought through teaching program that gives you a term’s worth of lesson plans, that will involve and interest mixed ability classes from FS2 through to KS3 and it’s designed for teachers who haven’t had a musical training.
“An absolutely fantastic selection of instruments, suitable for a range of ages. Our music coordinater was bowled over with the quality and durability of the instruments.The children were very interested in new instruments and enjoyed the patterns and colours as much as making music. The book was very useful containing lots of information and
the storage basket was handy” Testers at the Primary Teacher Awards 2012
The pack contains a set of 30 high quality percussion instruments, a sturdy bamboo storage basket and a copy of Andy Gleadhill’s Class Percussion Book. There’s also very useful online and CPD support for the teacher.
The Class Percussion book contains teacher’s notes, preparation advice, warm-ups, lesson plans and arrangements of six tunes from around the world. It has been written for teachers from any discipline, not just music specialists and takes teacher and pupils step by step from basics through all the elements of music, group playing and improvisation right up to their first performance. This resource enables a mixed ability class to experience and enjoy ensemble music making using easy to play percussion instruments, to make a wide-range of cross-curricular connections and to cover the entire NC music syllabus.
1 x Octave Metallophone in the key of C
1 x Pair of bongos
1 x Triangle mounted on desk-top stand
2 x Sets of Agogo Bells
4 x Pairs of Maracas
1 x Tambourine
6 x Pairs of Claves (Clapsticks)
6 x Guiros
5 x Bento Shakers
3 x M’bira thumb pianos
There are enough instruments here for 30 pupils to play together and they fit neatly into their sturdy bamboo storage basket. There’s also a more expensive (£239) version of the Class Percussion pack, which contains a different mix of instruments.
The program is supported by a series of online video clips, showing how to play the instruments and by complete performances of the six tunes in the book. Online support, where teachers can ask questions direct to the author, Andy Gleadhill, will shortly be available via the Drums for Schools website and CPD workshops covering Class Percussion, African Drumming, Samba and other popular World Music styles will also be available throughout 2013.
The children were excited by the colours, shapes and textures of the instruments and were desperate to get their hands on them to start playing! The book was in short sections that were easy to follow. I liked the explanation of each instrument at the beginning and the way it explained where the instruments were from and how to play them. It was presented in a format that filled me with the enthusiasm to get stuck into delivering it to my class. I used the book alongside the class percussion pack, for weekly, hour long music lessons with 2 different F2 classes of 30 children. I followed the stages in the book and found they were easy to adapt to suit the children I was teaching; allowing me to vary the pace and level for different abilities. All children experienced a range of instruments and were given the chance to read and write their own music using the notation ideas provided in the book.
For more information and to access the teaching resources visit www.drumsforschools.co.uk
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