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Shaman Drum - 24in (60cm) diameter, natural


This ‘Shaman Drum - 24in (60cm) diameter, natural’ is a hand-made Shaman Drum, complete with a long leather 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 a staggeringly impressive deep, resonant tone and is quite robust. Its large playing surface means that two or three children could use this instrument together.


A painted version (‘Shaman Drum - 24in (60cm) 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 biggest. 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.


How it's Played

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.


If you’re using this product in an Early Years setting, please follow these Good Practice Guidelines.


Good Practice Guide


Early Years Musical Instruments & Music Kits


Please always remember that ‘Sound Children’ and ‘Drums for Schools’ Early Years products are musical instruments and NOT toys and should be used with young children only under the close supervision of responsible educationalists and carers. By following these simple guidelines you will ensure the children’s learning, development and enjoyment of playing music, as well as their safety.


  1. Bring the instruments out just for music sessions, and put them away afterwards (the children will love to help!). This keeps the instruments ‘special’ and it avoids any risk of them being damaged in the course of unsupervised play, without your realising it.

  3. Make sure your music sessions take place on a soft surface, whether inside or out.

  5. By your own example encourage the children to treat the little instruments as we treat full size orchestral instruments - with sensitivity, gentleness and care.

  7. Never allow children to play with any instrument unless closely supervised and don’t let any child suck or bite any part of any instrument.

  9. Don’t let a child of any age play any musical instrument aggressively, especially close the ear, as we must take care to avoid any risk to their hearing.

  11. After each music session, wipe down the instruments with a damp cloth if they’re grubby (fine to use a mild disinfectant solution) and check for any loose parts (tug on any strings) or cracks. If in any doubt, remove a damaged instrument from use and contact us for further advice (sending us a photo is a good start).

Click here to download the Good Practice Guide


Any questions? Email care@drumsforschools.co.uk

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