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Bambajam Symphony Kit

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Description

The ‘Bambajam Symphony Kit’ is a three octave chromatic xylophone with a unique feature - each key can be removed and played as a single instrument.

 

As a Xylophone, it looks similar to the Piano in that sharps and flats are black, whilst natural notes are blonde bamboo. Keys can be configured in any order on the frame so students use only the notes they need for their part of the arrangement.

 

Alongside traditional music education, the Bambajam methodology is designed to develop important social skills through creative problem solving. Bambajam Pelangi (Early Years and Primary) and Symphony (Secondary) help students build confidence in performing, whilst learning to read music notation.

 

Bambajam has undergone a rigorous programme evaluation at Green School, Bali. Voted year-after-year as the ‘Worlds Greenest School’, it places a high value in both holistic, and cross-curriculum education.

 

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.

ŇI 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.ÓDuncan McKee, Jazz Musician/ Music Educator

 

How it's Played

The ‘Bambajam Symphony Kit’ can be played as a solo instrument, as a chamber instruments with 2 to 6 players, and as a whole class resource by sharing our the notes between the pupils.

 

With a range of 37 notes, the ‘Bambajam Symphony Kit’ has enough notes for most class sizes and comes with access to an accompanying library of Music Packs arranged especially for Bambajam. Music Packs are arranged for each individual note of the original scores. Each score sheet has Bambajam notation on one side and traditional notation is on the flip side. Each student plays one or two scores and teachers can assign parts based on difficulty level or class size. When the class puts all the parts together the piece of music comes together.

 

The library is full of arrangements for Classical, Jazz and World Music, as well as composition sheets and teaching resources.

Traditionally

Each Symphony Kit contains: 3 Xylophone frames, 37 Pelangi keys, 30 mallets, 2 carry bags, 2 Bambajam Ensemble scores and access to the online library.

 
What it Goes Well With

The ‘Bambajam Symphony 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. The ‘Bambajam Symphony Kit’ not only looks spectacular but 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.

 
 
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