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African Drumming Drum & Percussion Sets

Best Value Whole Class African Drumming

These African Drumming Packs have been tried and tested in primary schools throughout the UK and overseas. They give you everything you need to get up and drumming quickly and sustainably and they cover the requirements of the UK and IB music curricula and the UK’s National Plan for Music.

The level of teaching support included is unparalleled and includes acclaimed teaching guides, audio and video downloads and expert advice.The teaching support is so good and the approach is so accessible that it can be taught by any enthusiastic teacher: no prior experience or specialist musical training is necessary, not even the ability to read music. Each pack includes Andy Gleadhill’s African Drumming Guide and covers everything from basic playing techniques to lesson planning and creating a show-stopping performance – all in just 10 weeks. Extra value Buddies and Budget Buddies packs also include Andy’s new Percussion Buddies Book.

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Everything arrived safely and is excellent. The goodwill gesture of sending covers for the drums free of charge was much appreciated.

Simon George
Rastrick High School Academy

We are happy with the order that we received

Sue Bradshaw
Park Lane Primary School and Nursery

Excellent service as usual, thanks very much,

Sian Jones
Richard Lander School, Truro

We are very happy with the drums that you have provided.

Jason Slope
Kettering Buccleuch Academy

Thank you! Everything is fine

Julia Handscombe
Crown Meadow First

If your budget is limited, look no further. This low cost set gives you everything you need to engage smaller classes and groups by splitting the players into buddy threes, so that each pupil learns 3 parts and everyone is actively involved.

Andy Gleadhill

The range of instruments present here allows for the creation of a small after school club or for use in classroom composition.

Richard McKerron

Drumming as a class and responding to the developing rhythms involves teamwork and will also give students a new appreciation of each other’s abilities.

Richard McKerron

This is an excellent choice for classroom composition work, providing a sensible array of percussion instruments for smaller group work across the board.

Richard McKerron

Everything was satisfactory with my order

Jacqueline Henderson
Internationella Engelska Skolan AB

A great choice for small group work to help increase confidence and communication in less social students.

Richard McKerron

Fantastic, thanks! No problems at all.

John Haslam

Our most comprehensive Djembe percussion class pack, this contains everything you need to get a class playing mixed rhythms, as well as giving them the opportunity for composition work in smaller groups.

Richard McKerron

Pitch can be explored through the use of different sized Djembe, and pitch, dynamics and duration can be added with the accompanying small percussion.

Richard McKerron

There’s been great excitement and feedback from students so far.
The instruments are of a very good quality and the accompanying guides are great to get going. We are delighted that we made this investment and are looking forward to purchasing some more sets hopefully in the future.

Aaron Power

This is a great choice for small group percussion work exploring dynamics and timbre with the Shakers and Djembe together.

Richard McKerron

With a class pack of this size, you could focus on music work with a class for an extended period, or split the equipment between two classes evenly.

Richard McKerron

A great pack for engaging medium sized classes in African Drumming, Drumming Games and also for Drumming Circles. Using the Percussion Buddies approach, you can engage many more pupils on a budget.

Andy Gleadhill

Just to let you know that the drums arrived yesterday and they are just sooooooo beautiful!
I can’t believe how tactile and inviting they are – couldn’t resist a little bash at one of them and was bowled over by at the sound produced by even my tentative taps, so can’t wait to hear 15 children (and one school secretary!?) let loose on them all at once! They’re going to love them!

Anna Breen
Loreto Convent School Gibraltar

Everything is great.

Trevor Iles

EVERY pupil is actively involved in hands-on music making throughout the whole lesson with this buddies set, as the class can be split into buddy threes, with each pupil learning 3 parts.

Andy Gleadhill

Perfect for the average class size, this pack is ideal for pairing students together – one playing a pulse on small percussion and another playing the main rhythm on the Djembe.

Richard McKerron

An excellent collection of instruments to add to your classroom percussion, this could be really effective if exploring fusion by adding pitched instruments to the mix.

Richard McKerron

A great choice for small group work to help increase confidence and communication in less able or less social students.

Richard McKerron

The pack mixes djembes with specially selected percussion instruments to create an authentic African sound.

Andy Gleadhill

With a class pack such as this, smaller groups can be generated in the classroom, each with identical access to the same instruments. This will allow students to effectively compare their composition work with others, given the common starting points.

Richard McKerron

The drums arrived safely and on time! They were very well received and the children had a great time with the workshops! Thank you very much for the efficient service – it was much appreciated!

Sue Bishop
St Martins CofE Junior

Thank you, they arrived safely and they were as we expected.

Jeanette Daniels
St Joseph's RC Primary School

We have been delighted with the service from everyone we have dealt with at Drums for Schools.

Emma Marshall
Havelock Academy

As always, everything arrived quickly and in excellent condition. All received and brilliant.

Emma Counter
South Petherton Infants

You will soon see how your students musical understanding and ability to play with others improves as they enjoy the many benefits of group ensemble playing.

Andy Gleadhill

Your drums are absolutely fine

Roisin Cornwell
Laxton Junior

Great service and great products- They have been tried and tested by three groups already and everyone gave a thumbs up for quality and playability!

Mark Scoones
Nature in Mind Framework

Thank you for supplying the drums and I look forward to using them,

Karen Harper
St. Pauls Surrey

This pack is perfect for clubs, small classes and for expanding the number of learners involved in music making. The Percussion Buddies approach lets you engage many more pupils on a budget.

Andy Gleadhill

The percussion buddies concept allows for students to pair up together, one playing a pulse or supporting rhythm whilst they critique and assist the djembe player. The pair can then swap roles.

Richard McKerron

A great pack for engaging medium sized classes in African Drumming, Drumming Games and also for Drumming Circles. Using the Percussion Buddies approach, you can engage many more pupils on a budget.

Andy Gleadhill

EVERY pupil can be involved in hands-on music making throughout the whole lesson with these buddies packs. Two of my teaching guides and extensive online support are included,

Andy Gleadhill

The perfect low cost solution for whole class African Drumming, this set gives you everything you need for 30 players. Two of my teaching guides and extensive online support are included.

Andy Gleadhill

The variety of timbre and dynamic across the instruments will encourage students to play reactively to one another, being more conscious listeners.

Richard McKerron

A comprehensive kit for classroom use, there are more than enough instruments here to allow everybody to try each instrument for an extended period at least once each lesson.

Richard McKerron

Less confident students can begin using a small Shaker whilst being led by a confident Djembe player, then progress to a larger instrument over time.

Richard McKerron

Percussion work can lead to an increase in well-being, as a sense of belonging is create when a whole group plays the same patterns in time with one another.

Richard McKerron

The music teacher is thrilled with his drums so it appears all is good thank you.

Bev Carter
Rowner Junior School

We are very pleased with the drums and percussion instruments. Very pleased with your service.

Lorraine
Blackhall Nursery

All very happy!

Diana Armstrong
Cavendish Primary School

The Djembe can be used separately within an after school club, or show, or you could add to mix with your own classroom percussion.

Richard McKerron

The pack comes with a storage basket, the ideal solution for keeping all your small percussion together.

Richard McKerron

We are very pleased with the drums and thank you for replacing the one that was faulty so promptly.

Carol Charman
Middle Park Primary School

This pack comes with a storage basket which is ideal for collating all of your small percussion together in one place.

Richard McKerron

We love the instruments and they are already getting a lot of use, the children responding ever so well to the different styles of music. The teaching guides to accompany both are also very helpful.

Emma Marshall
Havelock Academy

We have received our order and everything is fine.

Dr. Layla Makkawi
Orphan Welfare Society-Saida

A class pack of this size will lead to well-constructed performances. Each rhythm will be reinforced by several players, meaning much greater class cohesion, and faster rhythmic development.

Richard McKerron

Thank you to one of your employees who contacted me to point out that iId ordered some wrong sized hats and a correction was made which saved time.
Great, Its nice to have real people to talk to rather than machines!

Sioned Cofisbach
Cofis Bach

A kit of this size will allow you to easily layer one rhythm on top of another, and even encourage solo performances from individuals.

Richard McKerron

With this pack you can create a wide range of musical colours and textures to compliment the drums.

Andy Gleadhill

Djembes are fantastic. Great having the rubber around the base and the hats are much better for us than djembe cases and much cheaper.

John Haslam

With multiple rhythms being performed at once, this class pack will encourage listening and improvisational skills.

Richard McKerron

The sharing of knowledge aspect from one peer to another of this type of work is extremely effective in retaining information, and students can do this through both explanation and demonstration.

Richard McKerron

Storage space is not unreasonable with this class pack. The Djembe can be stacked head to head and the small percussion can be stored away in the dedicated basket.

Richard McKerron

The ideal Whole-Class pack for using the Percussion Buddies approach for truly inclusive music making.

Andy Gleadhill
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