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The percussion family comprises of a vast array of instruments from all over the world! There are two main categories: unpitched percussion and pitched percussion. You will see percussionists using lots of different techniques and playing in lots of different styles. There are hundreds if not thousands of different percussion instruments, and after the voice, they were the first types of instruments to be used by humans.


Why you should play percussion instruments

  • Versatile

    Percussionists have to be able to play all the different instruments, so there is always something for every style of music!

  • Extremely Fun!

    Percussionists often get some very silly parts to play, including some comedic references like whistles, rattles, whips and hooters!

  • Sociable

    As part of the percussion section, you often work as a very close team, swapping parts and instruments to make sure that everything gets covered

Pitched Percussion

These instruments create an identifiable pitch when struck. These include marimba, vibraphone, glockenspiel, timpani and tubular bells

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Unpitched Percussion

These instruments produce a sound of indeterminate pitch when struck. These include lots of different drums (snare, bass, tom tom, djembe, surdo etc), cymbals and auxiliary percussion (shakers, woodblocks, triangles etc)

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Drum Kit

A group of unpitched percussion instruments set up on stands, designed to be played by one person

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Instrument hire

There’s no need to invest in an instrument as a beginner – you can hire most instruments from us to play at home.

Help with fees

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

Venues and locations

You can learn to play percussion instruments in some schools or in our music centres across Berkshire.


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.

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