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African Drumming - Primary - 15 Player Class Pack - Budget Buddies


This 'African Drumming - Primary - 15 Player Class Pack - Budget Buddies' is perfect for lunchtime, after school groups or for smaller class groups of KS1 and KS2 pupils.


The Pack includes 5 top quality Djembe drums and 10 percussion instruments, to give you a wide range of authentic African Drumming sounds and to make it easy to split the group into threes, each with one big and two smaller instruments. There are three sizes of Djembe, all with appropriately sized playing heads, and the three sizes will enable your group to differentiate the low, medium and high parts of many African Drumming pieces. The Djembes have been specially designed for use in the classroom; the drum heads are extra strong, the shells are smooth inside and out and the rubber edging protects both the drums and the floor surface.


Special storage/carry bags are also available and will help to prolong the instruments' lives as well as making it safe and easy to move them around for outside events.


Also included are two acclaimed teaching guides by world music expert Andy Gleadhill; ‘African Drumming Book 1’ and ‘Percussion Buddies’. The African Drumming book will take the group from basics through to their first performance in just 10 lessons and contains a good repertoire for a year or more of playing. The Percussion Buddies book will show you how to develop percussion accompaniments for almost any piece, whether drumming, choral, ukulele or any other ensemble.


African Drumming is an ideal group music making activity for schools from KS1 to KS4. Everyone is able to participate regardless of ability and it is quite often the 'difficult' or 'hard-to-reach' pupils who make the most startling progress. Drumming reaches the children other lessons fail to touch and the transformative power of music can be seen and felt very strongly in African Drumming classes. There are simple and advanced parts, and although relatively simple in its components, the music can be developed into exciting and rewarding performances.

The drums are fantastic! High quality and a great price! I have used them nearly every day with all year groups and some pupils are in the music room every break and lunch to play on them! The djembes have been particulary useful in teaching African music to whole classes.Teacher, St Ambrose Barlow School
Click the trumpets to hear sound samples of tracks from the Teaching Guide...                              


How it's Played

Included are:


    • 2 x Djembe Drum - Standard - 8in diameter, 40cm high, natural
    • 2 x Djembe Drum - Standard - 9in diameter, 50cm high, natural
    • 1 x Djembe Drum - Standard - 10.5in diameter, 60cm high, natural
    • 2 x Agogo - natural, carved
    • 4 x Caxixi Basket Shaker
    • 4 x Seseh - Coconut Shaker
    • Andy Gleadhill’s African Drumming Book 1
    • Andy Gleadhill’s Percussion Buddies Book


The books will tell you everything you need to know to set up the group, get started and develop to performance standard via staged lesson plans. Online access to recorded examples of all of the exercises is included in the books. No musical training or knowledge of musical notation is required - just some enthusiasm!


If you ever need to use the drums in SEN settings or wish to set them up so that they don't need to be held between the knees traditional style, have a look at our ‘Drum Stands for Wooden Djembe’ (under ‘Drum Bags & Accessories). They're very good value and they take all the weight of the drum, allowing you to angle it for comfort.


There's one size available for 40cm and 50cm Djembes, one for 60cm Djembes and one for 65cm Djembes.


Other accessories are also available, including a wide range of drum storage/carry bags.

What it Goes Well With

Try adding a ‘Dundun Set - Medium – bamboo’ and ‘Dundun Bells - set of three, recycled’ for a really authentic African sound.

How it's Made

All of our drums and drum accessories are made in Bali. The drums are made from a single piece of mahogany, which is first of all shaped and hollowed using a lathe. From that point on the entire process is carried out by hand, fine-tuning the internal shape for best tonal quality, skinning and stringing, fine-tuning, quality control and packing for the journey a third of the way around the world.


How to Look After It

No real maintenance is required but don't let the drum skins get damp (or they'll go very flat-sounding) and don't keep the drums close to radiators or heat sources as these can cause the wood to dry out and crack.


If you find the pitch of any of the drums is lower than you'd like (and this can happen over time or in humid or cold conditions) then there are two quick ways of adjusting the pitch;


    • Try warming the skin gently, either with the hands or with a convection heater (or hair dryer) set on ‘low’. Be careful not to over-do it. Warming the skin causes it to contract and this increases its tension, and consequently its pitch.


    • Use several of the small wooden wedges that are included in the pack, inserting them between the wood of the drum and the strings as far down the body of the drum as you can. The further you push them in, the more you'll increase the tension of the strings, and the more tension there is in the strings, the higher the pitch of the skin.


Alternatively, you could learn how to tune a Djembe using Mali weave like a Master Drummer. www.hawkdancing.com have a detailed page you can read by following this link, although many instructional videos can be found on YouTube with a quick search.

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