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Percussion Buddies Book – Audio Support

Age 3+

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  • Free downloads of audio recordings of all the pieces in Andy Gleadhill's Percussion Buddies Book
  • Professionally produced performances
  • Download individual files or single zip file


Below to the left you can play the audio tracks that accompany Andy Gleadhill’s Percussion Buddies Book and you can also download them in the “Documentation” section further down below – just click on the section name to show the content. The recordings are of all the audio tracks in the book. We recommend that you listen to the tunes either through headphones or good quality speakers as laptop and small loudspeakers will struggle to reproduce the lower frequencies and may sound rather “tinny”.

The Percussion Buddies Book, written by educator and professional percussionist Andy Gleadhill, shows teachers how to enable every pupil to participate fully and meaningfully throughout each class instrumental lesson, even if there aren’t enough main instruments to go round. The Percussion Buddies approach makes music budgets go twice as far.

Copies of all of the associated audio tracks are listed below in the audio section. You can download the complete set as a .zip file in the Documentation section.

You may also be interested in our World Percussion – Video Support.

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The approach

The Drums for Schools collaborative learning approach is modelled on traditional approaches to teaching and learning world music styles, adapted to the realities of the western classroom by expert Andy Gleadhill.

In traditional cultures learning is based on following the leader and by repeated “doing”. There is generally no written notation but the music tends to be easy to remember and basic instrumental techniques are simple, and so there are no major barriers to learning. Learning takes place in groups, usually of mixed ability. The playing also has an important social function – for accompanying ceremonies or events – and it’s very much a cooperative effort.

Translated to the classroom this results in a teaching and learning approach which is:

Collaborative – the class or group is engaged in an activity in which everyone – teacher and pupils – work together and help one another to achieve a common goal: the performance of a piece of music.

Inclusive – the musical styles are “foreign” and there’s no notation – so they present a level playing field where less academically able pupils are not disadvantaged. And there are easy and more difficult parts in every piece and so players of every ability can be involved and stay engaged throughout – no-one gets left out.

Accessible – the instruments are all easy to play and most pupils will be able to make a good sound after just one lesson, and the whole class will be making an impressive sound together after just a couple of lessons. It’s possible to include all sorts of “disabilities” and we’re always ready to advise on particular cases – contact us.

And the net result of accessibility, inclusivity and collaboration is something quite spectacular – extraordinarily fast progress. Nothing succeeds like success and after just a few lessons most classes will develop a genuine “esprit de corps” and you really will be seeing and hearing performance-level playing within a terms worth of lessons.

But the benefits are not just musical – the collaborative approach and the intensive listening and cooperation involved also develop pupils (and teachers!) life skills and so you’ll see a wide range of improved social and personal skills and a general improvement in “team spirit” and togetherness.

What's included

The audio tracks fully support the Percussion Buddies Book from start to finish. Tracks 2-8 give examples of simple warm-up techniques from the start of the book. Tracks 9-18 give support with the simple exercises and games that you can play to get students into the swing of things.

The remaining tracks 19-54 are split into groups of six, each corresponding to a final rhythm track that is found at the end of the book. The first of each six showcases the complete patterns combined, and the remaining 5 in each group detail the rhythm of the individual percussion buddy instruments involved.


The audio files can be downloaded here for free.

The .zip file contains all fifty-four audio files.

Having all of the audio tracks to hand is a useful off-line resource at your disposal, as you can bring up and play any of the support tracks during your lesson without the need to search for this audio support page. You can embed them into your own presentations and lesson resources, or keep them in a folder for easy reference.

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