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Bambajam Pelangi Kit


The ‘Bambajam Pelangi Kit’ has been designed for Early Years and 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 Early Years 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, and story-telling with chords. 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.


There is also 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 SEN settings: Please put a note with your order to indicate that it is 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 solo Xylophone, as well as a duet instrument. Alternatively, 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 and 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 to concern themselves with. This is also a great function for learning to improvise, understand scales, and explore 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. Do not strike the keys too hard; instead use the weight of the mallets, which are ergonomically designed for children, to make use of the natural gravitational fall and bounce to generate a clear tone.


The keys are not fixed to the frame and can be removed quickly and configured for different arrangements. If you need to fix them to the frame, we suggest using elastic bands to allow some resonant give.


If you’re using this product in an Early Years setting, please follow these Good Practice Guidelines.


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 here to download the Good Practice Guide


Any questions? Email care@drumsforschools.co.uk

What it Goes Well With

The ‘Bambajam Pelangi Kit’ can be accompanied with any classroom percussion. The pitches of all the notes are finely tuned, so it will also fit alongside any standard Western instruments that follow more familiar scales.

How it's Made

Bamboo has the most beautiful, natural tone and is also one of the planet's most renewable resources. This instrument is hand crafted using sustainable bamboo. Each piece is hand-picked for its musical quality, and dried for over a year before being hand tuned to perfect pitch. Every feature has been designed with the classroom in mind and every care has been taken to ensure only the most renewable materials are used.


How to Look After It

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.


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 its original tone. Be sure that the glue is applied by an adult and that it has dried fully before playing.


Each Pelangi Kit contains a double-sided frame, 13 Pelangi keys, 6 mallets, a carry bag, 3 Song Packs, Flashcards and access to the online library.

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