Product Code: CP-AD10s

African Drumming – Secondary – 10 Djembe Drum Set

£677.00 exc VAT

  • KS3
  • KS4
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Age 11 - 18+

  • Instruments 10
  • Players 10
  • Stock: 16
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  • Perfect for smaller classes, lunchtime and after school groups
  • Includes world-leading teaching support
  • For serious, long term use in the classroom or community
  • Can be taught by class teachers as well as music specialists
  • Appropriate drum sizes for teenagers and adults

This ‘African Drumming – Secondary – 10 Djembe Drum Pack’ is perfect for lunchtime, after school groups or for smaller class groups of KS3 and older pupils, as well as adult groups.

The Pack includes 10 top quality Djembe drums. There are three sizes of Djembe, all with appropriately sized playing heads, and the three sizes will enable your group to differentiate the low, medium and high parts of many African Drumming pieces. Also included is an acclaimed teaching guide ‘African Drumming Book 1’ by World Music expert Andy Gleadhill. The African Drumming book will take you from basics through to your first performance in just 10 lessons and contains a good repertoire for a year or more of playing.

The Djembes have been specially designed for use in the classroom: the drum heads are extra strong, the shells are smooth inside and out and the rubber edging protects both the drums and the floor surface.

Special storage/carry bags are also available and will help to prolong the lives of the instruments, as well as making it safe and easy to move them around for outside events.

  • This is a product image of the African Drumming - Secondary - 10 Djembe Drum Pack. The products in the pack are laid out and include the following; Back Row - Two Djembe Drum - Standard - 12in diameter, 65cm high, natural. Second Row - Three Djembe Drum - Standard - 10.5in diameter, 60cm high, natural. Third Row - Five Djembe Drum - Standard - 9in diameter, 50cm high, natural. Front Row - Andy Gleadhill's African Drumming Book.

Product Information

What's included

Included are:

    • Andy Gleadhill’s African Drumming Book 1 x 1
    • Djembe Drum – Standard – 12in diameter, 65cm high, natural x 2
    • Djembe Drum – Standard – 9in diameter, 50cm high, natural x 5
    • Djembe Drum – Standard – 10.5in diameter, 60cm high, natural x 3

The book will tell you everything you need to know to set up the group, get started and develop to performance standard via staged lesson plans. Online access to recorded examples of all of the exercises is included in the book. No musical training or knowledge of musical notation is required – just some enthusiasm!

Please note that for reasons of stock availability we may need to make the occasional substitution of the more minor pack components. If so, we’ll always ensure suitability/equivalence and we’ll always clear any significant changes with you in advance.

How it's made

Our djembes are all made by hand using top quality materials and traditional techniques.

Wooden Djembes

Our wooden drums are made from logs of sustainably grown mahogany and are certified by the international SVLK system. The smaller sizes are made from timber offcuts left over after bigger pieces have been selected for furniture, flooring or for bigger drums.

The wooden log is cut to size and then turned on a lathe to produce the rough djembe shell. The rough shell is then finished by hand to high standards of shape, thickness and smoothness. The top rim is very carefully rounded and finished so as to give a comfortable playing experience, and the inside shape is honed so that the drum can later produce a good balance of frequencies produced byt the main slap, bass and tone techniques.

The drum shell is then treated against insect infestation and left to dry in the sun for several days so that the moisture content reduces. After this a groove is carved slightly above the drum waist ready to receive the first of 3 welded steel rings, which will later provide the foundation for the drum’s stringing. The 3 steel rings are made from strong steel rods, which are cut to length and welded into circles. The lower ring has to be welded right onto the drum. You’ll find that lesser quality drums often use plaited metal wires instead of welded steel and over time these can move or stretch and can cause problems.

Next the shell is treated either with natural linseed oil or a natural-base sealer, to protect it against scratching, or, if it’s a painted style, the shell is sent off to the painting specialists.

After this a piece of high quality tanned goatskin is cut to size and fitted over the drum head under the top metal ring. The drum skin we use is thicker than that used by many other suppliers as we’ve found that this not only makes the drums much more durable, but also makes for a mellower tone. Next we use traditional stringing techniques to stretch the goatskin between the three metal rings, gradually increasing the tension until it produces a satisfying note. We always leave enough spare string attached to the Djembe so that, should you need to, it will be possible to use this to tune it up at some later date using the Mali weave technique (see Care & Maintenance section). We then add further coats of linseed oil or sealer and our signature rubber base, which not only protects the drum from cracking if it gets dropped, it also protects polished floors and tables from impact damage as well.

Finally we check the playing head diameter and other dimensions, we re-check all the drum edges and surfaces to make sure there are no splinters or sharp edges, we recheck the finishing quality and the tuning and, if necessary, retune the drum. Only then does the Djembe get final QC signed off as meeting Drums for Schools standards.

Bamboo Djembes

Our unique bamboo djembes are made using traditional basket weaving techniques using the skin from locally harvested bamboo. The weaving is done over a mould the shape of the djembe, to ensure that the finished product is a standard size.

A strong wooden ring, shaped exactly the same as the top of a wooden djembe, is then connected to the bamboo shell and the bamboo shell is reinforced on the inside with a mix of resin and sawdust. This gives rigidity to the drum and it also makes sure that it’s completely air-tight and resonant.

A thick natural goatskin is then stretched over the drum head and tightened using exactly the same traditional techniques as are used for our wooden djembes and a rubber base is also added, same as for the wooden ones.

Finally we check the playing head diameter and other dimensions, we re-check all the drum edges and surfaces to make sure there are no splinters or sharp edges, we recheck the finishing quality and the tuning and, if necessary, retune the drum. Only then does the Djembe get final QC signed off as meeting Drums for Schools standards.

Care & maintenance

Djembes and other drums are extremely tough and will give satisfaction for 5 to 10 years and longer, if you treat them with care and follow the guidelines below.

Wooden Drums

Wooden drum shells should be kept at a reasonably constant temperature and humidity (normal room temperature is best) and not placed near to a heat source or stored in damp conditions.

Be sure not to let the skin get damp as, if it does, it will lose its tension, and when the tension goes, the sound becomes loose and flat. If you do have an accident you can always try using a hair dryer (set to ‘low’) to warm up and tighten the skin, or put it in the sun for twenty minutes and it will soon dry out and the tension and sound will recover.

You may find that there’s a small bag of wedges supplied with your Djembe. These are for quickly tuning it up on cold damp days or if you want a higher pitch for solo work or performance. Just push the wedges in between the vertical drum strings and the wooden drum shell, spreading the wedges out evenly around the drum. This will increase the tension of the strings and increase the pitch of the drum. You can buy extra wedges very cheaply – click here.

You may also wish to learn how to tune a Djembe using the traditional Mali weave technique, which uses the spare rope wrapped around the Djembe and is a long term solution. This is the professional way to do it and will give you much more control. Take a look at the following video and try it for yourself. Once you’ve done it a couple of times, you’ll find it’s very quick and easy.

Guarantee

We use the best quality materials and traditional manufacturing methods to make our African Drumming instruments and accessories and they’re designed for serious, long term use in the classroom. Looked after properly the instruments will give many years of satisfaction, even if used several times a day and the materials and workmanship are guaranteed as follows:

Djembe and other drum shells – 10 years. But keep at a stable temperature and humidity and don’t let the shells get damp or wet. Don’t leave in direct sunlight or near a heat source as this can cause the wood to dry out and crack. Although they’re naturally tough, handle with respect and don’t drop them or throw them about as rough treatment can also cause cracks to appear.

Drum skins -2 years. But keep hard or sharp points (including rings and other jewellery) away from drum skins at all times. Keep skins dry and don’t leave in direct sunlight or near a heat source as this can cause the skin to dry out and split. If you need to tighten the drum skins, be sure not to over do it as over-tightening can also cause skins to split.

Hand percussion instruments – 2 years. But treat with care and don’t drop them or handle roughly as natural materials are not as strong as plastics and may crack or break, particularly if dropped on a hard surface.

Storage/carry bags and accessories – 2 years. But keep bags away from sharp points and don’t over-fill them or force the zips.

If you should get any problems with any of our African Drumming instruments or accessories, please take photos of the issues and email them to us with the order/invoice number and a brief description of how the problem arose and we’ll get back to you right away.

Delivery

We work with a small number of specialist logistic companies to deliver your order quickly and economically. The delivery method varies, depending on your location and the size of the order, as follows:

UK Locations

Orders up to 5kg – Courier 2 to 3 working day delivery. This would typically include books, smaller instruments, percussion baskets and djembes up to 40cm.

Orders over 5kg – Courier, next working day delivery. Most orders are sent this way.

Very bulky orders – Pallet service, 3 to 5 working day delivery. Used for very big orders and those with more fragile contents.

Please note:

  1. Above timings are from dispatch date.
  2. Delivery to offshore or Highland addresses may take longer and may cost more than to UK mainland addresses and we’ll quote and agree the costs with you in advance.
  3. In some cases, where courier service isn’t available, we may need to send by Royal Mail instead.

International Locations

Orders weighing less than 1kg and not too bulky – Post Office Airmail. This would include books and smaller percussion instruments.

Orders weighing more than about 1kg and very bulky orders – international courier or pallet service. We’ll obtain competitive quotes and agree these with you in advance.

Please note that it’s fine to go ahead and place your international order and that there’s no commitment on your part until the delivery costs have been quoted and accepted by you.

Documentation

Just click on a document name below to download it.

African-Drumming-An-Extended-Introduction

African-Drumming-Primary-SoW-Complete-Collection

The SoW zip file contains the full term’s set of lesson plans and these are also available separately. Please note that, although called a “Primary” Scheme of Work, it’s actually suitable for any age of player, from 6 years to adult who are beginning their African Drumming and working towards their first performances.

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The rubber base sections on each of the Djembe will protect floors from dents and scratches.

Richard McKerron

The new drum arrived today and I am delighted with it.

Bruce Armstrong
Health & Happiness

Our music teacher is delighted with the drums and describes them as ‘fantastic’. From an administrative point of view, the ordering system is efficient and delivery prompt. Overall, an excellent service.

Gill Whelan
Lakeside School

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

Our drum set is working out fantastic, thank you. The kids are really enjoying the teaching sessions and the sensory work we use them for.

Ian Esmond
Whitton School

The Instruments and teaching material arrived right on schedule, in perfect condition. Our group have really enjoyed using them. I already have experience of playing Djembe, but nonetheless we found the music book very useful. We’ve already performed in one concert and we have another during the summer. Many Thanks for a great service.

Richard Dashwood

An excellent choice for a small group within a Secondary setting, or to augment your own percussive portfolio of instruments within the school.

Richard McKerron

The drums are fabulous – I am really pleased with them (and so are my students)

Catherine Fleming

We are very happy with these. Thank you!

Timothy Uglow
Worksop College

The drums and percussion baskets arrived in good condition and I am absolutely delighted with them.

Bruce Armstrong
Health & Happiness

We were very impressed with the speed of service, packaging and drums themselves. All excellent and we’re enjoying using them!

Laura Scott
Tudor Grange Academy Solihull

The Drums arrived safely and were the topic of much enquiry and enthusiasm. We were able to hold a drum circle group before Christmas.

Julie Campbell-White
Southern Health NHS Foundation

Fantastic, thanks! No problems at all.

John Haslam

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

A great starter pack for a whole school drumming project

Andy Gleadhill

The larger size range of drums in this pack is idea for students from KS3 right up to adult, so students can develop alongside the product.

Richard McKerron
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