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Kuika Friction Drum

[OW-kuik]
Description

The ‘Kuika Friction Drum’ is another strange but wonderful instrument used in South American music. Technically it's a ‘membranophone’, which is an instrument which produces sounds from a vibrating skin. In this case the skin is made to vibrate by pulling on the wooden stick. It helps if your hands are dry and dusty (not greasy as they'll slide down the stick) or slightly wet. Alternatively use a piece of cotton fabric to cover the stick. It sounds just like a monkey or chimpanzee!

 

How it's Played
Traditionally

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.
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  3. Make sure your music sessions take place on a soft surface, whether inside or out.
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  5. By your own example encourage the children to treat the little instruments as we treat full size orchestral instruments - with sensitivity, gentleness and care.
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  7. 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.
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  9. 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.
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  11. 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).
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Click here to download the Good Practice Guide

 

Any questions? Email care@drumsforschools.co.uk

 
 
 
 
 
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