Product Code: OW-shdrna40

Shaman Drum – 16in (40cm) diameter, natural


£58.80 (inc VAT)

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Age 3 - 18+

  • Instruments 1
  • Players 1
  • L 44cm x W 44cm x H 6cm
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Quantity Discount (%) Price (exc VAT)
1 - 2 £49.00
3 - 4 5 % £46.55
5 - 9 10 % £44.10
10+ 15 % £41.65

This ‘Shaman Drum – 16in (40cm) diameter, natural’ is a hand-made Shaman Drum, covered with natural goat skin and complete with a leather covered, or double-sided leather and plush covered beater. A lovely large percussion instrument for young children to get their hands on, this beautiful drum is both very light and easy to carry.

It has an impressive deep, resonant tone and is quite robust. Its large playing surface means that two children could use this instrument together.

A painted version (‘Shaman Drum – 16in (40cm) diameter, painted’) is also available and has a cryptic black shadow animal painted upon it.

The Shaman Drum comes in five sizes, of which this is the second smallest. We have also included a ‘Shaman Drum – 16in (40cm) diameter, painted’ in our ‘Nursery Rhythm Kit – 15 instruments’ collection.

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

Product Information

What's included

1x Shaman Drum – 16in (40cm) diameter Octagonal with beater

How to Play

The normal way of playing a Shaman Drum by yourself is to hold the drum sideways by the back ‘strings’ and hit it from the side with the beater. This is similar to how you would hold a Bodhrán (Irish flat-drum).

You can also lay the drum flat on the floor and play it from above in which case it would be good to have two soft beaters to play it. This is the way children can share the drum as well.

Care & maintenance

Shaman 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.

When not in use the drums 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. They should also be kept well away from sharp points, as although it’s often possible to repair a small hole with a dab of superglue and a small sticking plaster or tape on the back, if the hole develops into a tear, then it becomes much more difficult to fix.

If the skin get damp, it will lose tension, and when the tension goes, the sound becomes lower. That can be a good thing, depending on the effect you’re looking for, but if you find it’s too low, 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.

If you need to loosen the skin (lower the pitch), put a damp cloth in contact with the skin for 30 seconds or so.

If you need to tighten the skin a lot:

  1. Dampen the skin with water.
  2. Leave it to dry slowly in a stable temperature, not under direct sunlight (and air-conditioned room is good for this).

The following video clips show the process:


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.


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Everything with our order was fine.

BAST - The British Academy of Sound Therapy

Everything is brilliant, drums arrived promptly and safely and are fantastic. Everyone at our first night of the drumming circle fell in love with them and have just placed an order for two more for members who want their own drum

Chris Hurst
Celtic Earth Spirit

Thank you very much. The drums are lovely, the service was excellent and they arrived in very good time and beautifully packed .
I am very happy with the drums and they were much appreciated by everyone in my drumming group.


All was fine with the orders we recently placed with you.

BAST - The British Academy of Sound Therapy

I think the tone and vibration from the round hairy one is wonderful, the depth is fantastic for its size. It would be interesting to see what sort of tone could be achieved making one from a solid piece of wood rather than a ply (if that is possible).

Chris Hurst
Celtic Earth Spirit
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