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Second only to the voice, percussion instruments have been around since 6000BC! Originally they were used for communication purposes and in different countries throughout the world, they still have strong ceremonial, sacred, or symbolic associations. In the West, although some limited percussion was used by Bach and Mozart, it wasn’t until the 20th Century that composers started using the vast range of instruments in their works.

Learning to play percussion

You can learn orchestral percussion in small group or individual lessons. All students will learn the sub categories of instruments and the basic stick and mallet techniques for these. There is lots of exciting repertoire to explore!

  • Benefits of learning percussion

    Learning to play percussion is a great way to express yourself. It’s also very good for you, reducing stress levels, developing motor skills, boosting brain power and even increasing fitness. Drum students burn an average of 270 calories in half an hour! Percussion is also very sociable and a great way to make new friends

  • Is it the right instrument for me?

    If you are looking for an instrument with the highest top trumps rating in all departments, then percussion is the instrument for you! We rate it at 100% for volume, variety, coolness, versatility and sociability


You can start to learn percussion in our low cost group lessons.

Find a percussion lesson

Lessons are available in some schools or at music centres after school and at weekends.

Help with fees

Our lessons start from £10 each but we also offer financial support for families in need.


Percussion is the most adaptable family of instruments. The biggest challenge is to project percussion in a lyrical way.

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Evelyn Glennie

Registering for lessons

Lessons can take place in most schools during the school day or in our music centres across Berkshire. You can choose from group or individual lessons for any instrument. Once you have registered, our team will be in touch with options for lesson times to suit you.

Register here

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