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World Percussion - 30 Player Budget Class Pack


Perfect for First Access projects with very limited budgets, the World Percussion 30 Player Budget Class Pack contains a set of 30 carefully selected instruments and two brilliant teaching guides: Andy Gleadhill's Class Percussion Book and his new Percussion Buddies book. Each book contains teacher's notes, preparation advice, warm-ups, lesson plans and has been written for teachers from any discipline, not just music specialists. The books take teacher and pupils step by step from basics through all the elements of music, group playing and improvisation all the way through to their first performance.


This great value resource enables a class to experience music making using accessible percussion instruments with a wide range of musical sounds from around the world and covering all the elements of music. The Percussion Buddies book also shows you how to incorporate percussion into ANY musical ensemble or class instrumental lesson and ensure that everyone stays engaged and that there's no switching off and "waiting for turns".


How it's Played

The Pack contains:

1 x Andy Gleadhill's Class Percussion Book

1 x Andy Gleadhill's Percussion Buddies book

1 x one octave Metallophone in the key of C

1 x pair of Bongos (please note that we're now including new style bongos with this pack - see photo below. They're lighter and have bigger playing heads)

1 x Triangle mounted on a desk-top stand

2 x set of Agogo Bells

4 x pair of Maracas

1 x Tambourine

7 x pair of Claves (Clapsticks)

6 x Guiro

4 x Bento Shaker

3 x M'bira thumb piano

All the instruments are accessible and easy to play and the books describe the best playing techniques for each instrument. Short video clips showing you how to play each instrument are available online and there are also online audio recordings of the exercises and tunes.

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The instruments in the Pack have been carefully selected to cover a wide range of cultures and have geographic origins on each continent. The Class Percussion Book contains a short introduction to each instrument and detailed cultural background.

What it Goes Well With

The instruments have been chosen partly because they cover a wide range of sounds and geographic and cultural backgrounds and partly because they go well together. You can add more of any of the instruments to expand the number of players. But you can of course also add other instruments of your own choosing - just be sure that any pitched instruments fit with the C scale.

How it's Made

All are based on original designs from all over the world and are made by hand from natural materials following FairTrade principles. The instruments, and the baskets, are made in Bali using natural and local materials, often in local villages where they create a useful source of income for families and a low stress, clean and safe type of work. The beautiful and sturdy baskets are woven by hand from bamboo fibres and are traditionally used by Balinese artists, musicians and dancers for carrying their costumes and materials.


How to Look After It

None of the instruments need any special maintenance. Just be careful not to let the basket and contents get damp and don't put it or any of the instruments on radiator or anywhere too hot. The instruments are tough but they're still instruments and need to be treated with respect and very small children should be continuously supervised. Should the skins of the bongos or the tambourine ever get damp or wet and lose their tension, you can use a hairdryer or convection heater to heat them up and you'll find that as the skin dries out it will regain its tension.

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