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Product Code: OW-shdrpa40

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

£53.00 exc VAT

£63.60 inc VAT

Age 3 - 18+

  • Instruments 1
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  • L 6cm x W 44cm x H 44cm
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Sound Children

This ‘Shaman Drum – 16in (40cm) diameter, painted’ is a hand-made Shaman Drum, covered with airbrush painted goat skin and complete with a padded 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 and has a wonderful cryptic black shadow creature painted upon its skin.

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 natural version (‘Shaman Drum – 16in (40cm) diameter, natural’) is also available with a completely plain skin.

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.

The EAN of this product is 5060344030878

Here are links to other selections you may find useful:

  • Photo of Drums for Schools Shaman Drum – 16in (40cm) diameter (OW-shdrpa40), painted, and its double-sided beater. This octagonal frame drum has a variety of beautiful African animal designs painted on the goatskin playing surface.

Product Information

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.

I was delighted with the drums especially the Shaman drum.

Helen Bradshaw

II arrived very quickly and is in perfect condition. I home educate, so it is used by myself and my 2 children- fantastic sound quality and thoroughly enjoyed.

Gillian Dickson

Everything is ok. Thank you. I’ll place a new order soon.

Deborah Rosenblum
Musical Baby Bonding Programme

The instruments were as usual beautiful and a pleasure to receive. Top, personal service from the ever helpful Hilary.

Alex Clark

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

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