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Bambajam Pelangi Kit

The Bambajam Pelangi has been designed for Early Years & Primary settings to enable children to connect with one another and develop together through musical play. Connection and communication is "built-in" as the Pelangi's unique double-sided frame helps children connect through the instrument as well as through the music. The Pelangi was awarded the top Gold award at both EY and Primary levels and was overall winner in the other teaching resources category at Primary level. The entire methodology is based on learning by playing. As well as graded pieces with lyrics and backing tracks there are numerous musical games included - for example musical dominos, the human piano, story-telling with chords - and the colours and animals coded on to the keys enable the children to invent their own games as well as helping them identify with the different tones before they can name them. And there's an extensive Bambajam music library, full of song packs, teaching resources, games, backing tracks and more. Each song pack is arranged for single player, duet and group using a specially developed notation system that combines colours, animals and traditional music notation. Also included are lyrics, chords and a play-along backing track.


N.B. For Early Years settings please note:

A. Our products are musical instruments, not toys, and should always be used under the supervision of responsible educationalists and carers and not left with children under 3 years of age to play with by themselves.

B. Please follow the simple “Good Practice” guidelines set out in the "Traditionally" section below.


For SEN settings: please put a note with your order to indicate that it's needed for an SEN setting, so that we know to include the relevant materials.


I created Bambajam to help anyone teach and learn music in a progressive, creative yet structured way. Whether you are a music specialist or unfamiliar with music, the Bambajam resources and instruments have been carefully designed and developed over the last decade to support you in the classroom and make learning music engaging for all ability levels.Duncan McKee, Jazz Musician/ Music Educator


How it's Played
The Bambajam Pelangi is multifunctional and can be played as a xylophone & duet instrument, or the keys can be removed from the frame to be played as single toned percussion instruments. The natural keys on the Pelangi (think white notes on the piano) are rainbow coloured and feature animal designs so that children can easily identify with the different notes. Sharps & flats are all in natural black bamboo so that as more difficult notes are gradually introduced, the need to rely on colour can be removed. On the reverse of each key is the note name. The keys can be configured in any order on the frame, so that children have only the keys that are on their music score sheet. This is also a great function for learning to improvise, understand scales & exploring the different tones. To play a key as a single instrument, hold the bamboo at the lower part and strike with the mallet midway on the longest side holding it lightly enough so that the bamboo resonates. To play as a xylophone place the keys on the frame and adjust the position so that when you play each key you get the clearest tone. don't strike the keys too hard, instead use the weight of the mallets, which are ergonomically designed for children. The keys are not fixed to the frame and can be removed quickly and configure for different arrangements. If you need to fix them to the frame, use elastic bands.
Each Pelangi Kit contains: Double-sided frame 13 Pelangi keys 6 mallets Carry bag 3 Song Packs Flashcards Access to online library
What it Goes Well With
The Pelangi can be accompanied with percussion and, because all the notes are finely tuned, it can also be played with any Western-tuned instruments.
How it's Made

Good Practice Guide

Early Years Musical Instruments & Music Kits


Please always remember that Sound Children and Drums for Schools Early Years products are musical instruments and NOT toys and should be used with young children only under the close supervision of responsible educationalists and carers. By following these simple guidelines you will ensure the children’s learning, development and enjoyment of playing music, as well as their safety.


  1. Bring the instruments out just for music sessions, and put them away afterwards (the children will love to help!). This keeps the instruments “special” and it avoids any risk of them being damaged in the course of unsupervised play, without your realising it.


  1. Make sure your music sessions take place on a soft surface, whether inside or out. 


  1. By your own example encourage the children to treat the little instruments as we treat full size orchestral instruments - with sensitivity, gentleness and care. 


  1. Never allow children to play with any instrument unless closely supervised and don’t let any child suck or bite any part of any instrument.


  1. Don’t let a child of any age play any musical instrument aggressively, especially close the ear, as we must take care to avoid any risk to their hearing.


  1. After each music session, wipe down the instruments with a damp cloth if they’re grubby (fine to use a mild disinfectant solution) and check for any loose parts (tug on any strings) or cracks. If in any doubt, remove a damaged instrument from use and contact us for further advice (sending us a photo is a good start).


Click to download this Good Practice Guide

Any questions? Email care@drumsforschools.co.uk


How to Look After It
How should I look after my Bambajam? Each piece of bamboo is dried to ensure minimum moisture content. This helps prevent the bamboo from expanding in different temperatures, so avoid washing any part of the instrument with water. Instead, clean with a dry cloth. Direct exposure to strong sunlight can damage the bamboo so always store in a shaded area. What happens if I damage it? Bambajams are robust but can break if dropped or mistreated. They are, however, easy to repair using a strong glue. Once the glue has dried the Bambajam will return to it's original tone. Be sure that the glue is applied by an adult and that it has dried fully before playing.
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