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Music Teaching Resources for Non-specialists

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At Drums for Schools our overriding aim is to make music-making accessible to everyone, and our teaching support is designed for teachers who don’t have a music speciality, as well as those who do.

Our Teaching Guides, Schemes of Work and Lesson Plans are written by experts for non-experts and they don’t assume any prior experience or training – not even the ability to read music. The same goes for our CPD training, which will give you a thorough, practice-based grounding in the chosen musical tradition, complementing the approach followed in the Teaching Guides.

Our range of support for World Music teaching is subdivided by the main music style, so that you can easily browse all relevant materials for African Drumming, Brazilian Samba, Caribbean Steel Pans, Indonesian Gamelan, Japanese Taiko and World Percussion.

And best of all, the majority of our teaching resources are completely free to access and download.

  • For generalists and Class Teachers as well as specialists
  • From basics to first performance in just a term of lessons
  • Schemes of work, lesson plans, how-to-play videos, audio and cultural background
  • Workshops and CPD training to maximise progress

Resources include:

  • Expertly written Teaching Guides
  • Schemes of Work and Lesson Plans
  • Background Articles
  • Audio examples
  • Video clips
  • Original CDs and DVDs from around the world
  • Posters for the classroom
  • CPD training by leading authorities
  • World Music workshops for pupils and staff

All instruments arrived safely and I didnt experience any problems. I think the instruments are wonderful and exceded my expectations. I have started teaching in a nursery and will be ordering more instruments again soon.


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Marianne van Brandenburg
Angel Place Nursery

We have received our order and everything is fine.

Dr. Layla Makkawi
Orphan Welfare Society-Saida

I love the instruments, the fact they’re real ones but designed for kids and that they’re fair trade. My kids are toddlers and love them.

Priya Dedic Shah
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