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Djembe Drum 3.5″ diameter, 15cm high, painted, wood

£6.90 exc VAT

£8.28 inc VAT

Age 3 - 6

  • Instruments 1
  • Players 1
  • L 15cm x W 10cm x H 10cm
  • Stock: 6
Quantity Discount (%) Price (exc VAT)
1 - 2 £6.90
3 - 4 5 % £6.56
5 - 14 10 % £6.21
15+ 15 % £5.87

The ‘Djembe Drum – Budget – 3.5in diameter, 15cm high, painted’ is the second smallest of our budget djembe range and is supplied with a free wooden drumstick and our Early Years “Good Practice Guide”. The drum is quite small – just 3.5″ in diameter – but it’s a working drum and not a toy, and makes a surprisingly good sound.

It’s really good for young children because it can be handled easily and carried around by the string handle, but it can also be played by older children and even grown-ups, either with the free wooden drumstick, or with the fingertips. Being small it makes a higher pitched sound than bigger drums.

Each drum is made by hand using traditional materials and techniques. The wood is mahogany , the playing head is goatskin and the skin is stretched tight using cotton string. The designs on these instruments vary from drum to drum and are all painted by hand using safe, water-based paints.  You can see some of their other designs, and compare the other sizes of drum, in the “group” photo.

Safety note: As with all musical instruments, please treat with care and if using with young children always follow the guidance in our Early Years “Good Practice Guide”

Eco-note: The wood for the drums is certified plantation-grown mahogany and comes from off-cuts from factories that make furniture. Wood products  like these are a great way to store carbon, providing they’re kept for a long time and not thrown away.

Taking care: the drum is very tough and will last for a very long time if treated with care. When not in use keep it in a dry place away from direct sunlight or other heat sources. If it should get wet, let it dry slowly. Above all keep sharp points away from the drum skin, as this is the most fragile part.

Guarantee: the wooden drum shell is guaranteed for 5 years and the drum skin is guaranteed for 2 years, but please follow the “taking care” instructions above.

For SEN settings: Please put a note with your order if it is needed for an SEN setting, so that we know to include the relevant SEN teaching support materials.

Here are links to other selections you may find useful:

Product Information

What's included

1x Djembe Drum 3.5″ diameter, 15cm high, painted, wood
1x wooden beater

How to Play

The easiest way is to hold it in one hand and hit it using the flat of your other hand.

Very young children will also want to stand the Djembe on the floor and hit it with their hands. This makes a more dampened sound, as the hole at the base of the drum needs to be exposed to allow the air pressures to balance, allowing the skin to become more resonant.

You can also use a small beater or two as long as you do not hit the skin too hard which will create dents. It’s also ideal for using fingers to tap out rhythms. When using your fingers, it is best to flick them quickly, so that they just touch the skin for an instant before bouncing off again.


We use the best quality materials and traditional manufacturing methods to make our West 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.


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.

Large orders – Pallet service, 3 to 5 working day delivery. Used for large orders and those with more fragile contents.

Please note:

  1. Above timings are from dispatch date. Time from placing your order will usually be one or two days longer, depending on the order and destination.
  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. Please note that in these cases it’s fine to go ahead and place your order, and there’s no obligation on your part until the delivery costs have been quoted and accepted by you.
  3. For some destinations, where a courier service isn’t available, we may 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 large 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 prior to confirming shipping costs, and that there’s no obligation on your part until the delivery costs have been quoted and accepted by you. Payment for international orders, including shipping costs, is required before dispatch of the goods.


Please let us know straight away if anything arrives damaged or otherwise in a substandard condition and we’ll be happy to replace it, refund the cost or provide you with an alternative product to your satisfaction. Speed is of the essence here as most courier companies will only accept responsibility for damage in transit if the damage is reported within 24 hours of delivery.

 In the event of damage, please take photographs, including any damage to the packaging, and email these to us ASAP.

Similarly, if an instrument  develops a fault within 12 months of purchase in the course of normal use (though excluding fair wear and tear), please let us know, and we’ll replace it or refund the cost. It’s also very helpful for us to see photos of the issue as this gives us solid information for changing the design, the production method or the packing materials.

But please do contact us before returning any damaged or substandard items. Once we’ve approved their return, please send to:  Drums for Schools Limited, 21 Shaftesbury Avenue, Burton Joyce NG14 5GL 

We really appreciate your feedback in the case of faults (or if you think an instrument could be improved in any way) and we take all such feedback very seriously indeed.

I have received the order and I have gone through every instrument on the list and it’s all there and the instruments sound and look great! I am so pleased with the instruments and I am keen to share them with the early years staff and children.
Emma Boardman
Cheadle Hulme School

Many thanks for beautiful instruments! They are very, very nice.

Zane Kriumane

The drums are lovely. Thanks again,

Rita Daly
Rocking Robins

The instruments are wonderful! Children like them very much!

Zane Kriumane

All the instruments arrived in perfect condition and I haven’t had any problems so far. I’m definitely planning to order again in the future.

Catriona Brown