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Percussion

Here you can watch videos made by students from Chetham’s School of Music as they play and discuss their chosen instrument from the Percussion family.

Auxiliary Percussion

Auxiliary percussion refers to both tuned and untuned percussion instruments, such as a snare drum or cymbals.  These instruments are found in symphony orchestras, marching bands, jazz bands and chamber ensembles.  The music is notated on a stave without specific pitches.

Below is further information about auxiliary percussion. These links are just a starting point, although every effort has been made to ensure their quality Chetham’s does not accept responsibility or liability for the individual or company linked.

Auxiliary percussion facts for kids: https://kids.kiddle.co/Percussion_instrument
About the percussion family: https://www.orsymphony.org/learning-community/instruments/percussion/

A Guide to Auxiliary Percussion: https://www.basicdrummer.com/guide-auxiliary-percussion-common-uncommon-percussioninstruments-band-orchestra/
Types of percussion instruments: https://newpercussionist.com/types-of-percussion-instruments/
BBC Guide to Untune Percussion: http://www.bbc.co.uk/orchestras/learn/guidetotheorchestra/percussion/untuned/
Learn percussion instruments online: http://freepercussionlessons.com/
Remember that nothing aids progress more than an experienced and knowledgeable teacher and there is no substitute for practice. When choosing a teacher always check qualifications, references, DBS checks and consider a trial lesson. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about their approach and ensure you have fun learning your chosen instrument.
Five Facts about Percussion: https://www.omahaschoolofmusicanddance.com/our-blog/five-particulars-about-percussion/
Musicians that inspire us:
Dvořák: Carnival Overture https://youtu.be/a1jNQgTVYrY
Anderson: Sleigh Ride https://youtu.be/t_2BmZ6ELaI
Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story https://youtu.be/srb2EyvTSGw
Quincey Jones: Soul Bossa Nova https://youtu.be/T5ALPzS0QfQ
Get Playing, the BBC’s home for amateur music making in the UK: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03m1dpm
Don’t forget to check out your local music shop and music hub as well!


Drum Kit

A drum kit is a collection of percussion instruments, commonly drums and cymbals, arranged so that they can be played by one person.  Drum kits are played in orchestras, rock bands, jazz bands and many other musical set ups.  Drum notation is written on a stave and each drum or cymbal sits somewhere differently on the staff. 

Below is further information on the drum kit. These links are just a starting point, although every effort has been made to ensure their quality Chetham’s does not accept responsibility or liability for the individual or company linked. 

Drum kit facts for kids 

History of the drum kit
History of the drum kit 2

How to play drums: https://www.drumeo.com/beat/how-to-play-drums/  

Remember that nothing aids progress more than an experienced and knowledgeable teacher and there is no substitute for practice. When choosing a teacher always check qualifications, references, DBS checks and consider a trial lesson. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about their approach and ensure you have fun learning your chosen instrument. 

Top 10 Facts About Drums

Musicians that inspire us: 

Elvin Jones drum solo demonstration

Terry Williams

Brian Blade

Eric Harland interview

John Bonham

Keith Moon 1974 drum solo

Ginger Baker

Timpani

The timpani, or kettledrums, are large pitched drums and are members of the percussion family.  To make a noise you hit the skin (top) of the drum with a stick.  You can change the pitch with a pedal at the bottom of the drum.

Below is further information on the timpani.  These links are just a starting point, although every effort has been made to ensure their quality Chetham’s does not accept responsibility or liability for the individual or company linked.

Timpani facts for kids

Timpani Time: A one-stop resource for the educator looking to further their knowledge of the timpani. 

History of the timpani
History of the timpani 2   

Free Percussion Lessons – Timpani
Timpani lessons
Remember that nothing aids progress more than an experienced and knowledgeable teacher and there is no substitute for practice.  When choosing a teacher always check qualifications, references, DBS checks and consider a trial lesson. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about their approach and ensure you have fun learning your chosen instrument.

BBC Guide to the Orchestra

Get Playing, the BBC’s home for amateur music-making in the UK

Don’t forget to check out your local music shop and music hub as well! 

We have taken every effort to ensure that these links are genuine and useful. However, we do not accept any liability for their content. Following these links will take you out of the Chetham’s Outreach website, at your own risk. This excludes the resources created by us which are identified.