Welcome to the Percussion Play Blog

We hope you'll be a regular visitor as we share stories about the instruments we make and the people who play them.

This is where we share our passion for music in the great outdoors! We'll share with you details of exciting new outdoor music projects and designs from around the globe. We'll share with you information about the instruments we sell and a little about the inspiration behind them

Most importantly, this blog is about what we love to do the most - help you create new and exciting ways to bring music to the great outdoors.

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*Limited Edition* Coronation Congas Launched in Time for Historic Celebrations

The coronation of King Charles III will take place on Saturday, May 6, 2023, at Westminster Abbey in London and will be a time for celebration across the country and the Commonwealth. To mark this historic occasion, Percussion Play is launching a new limited-edition version of their popular outdoor conga drums, appropriately called ‘Coronation Congas.’

Coronation Congas are a trio of single-headed drums mounted onto two stainless steel posts to be installed either directly into the ground or surface fixed. Played with the hands, the drums have heavy-duty ABS plastic caps, each wrapped in a vinyl union jack graphic and coated with a clear lacquer.

Suitable for outdoor locations such as parks, trails, school playgrounds, and outdoor community spaces.

With a new Coronation Anthem by Andrew Lloyd...

March is Music in Our Schools Month

Music in Our Schools Month is an annual celebration of music education. It takes place in March and is organized by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). This celebration aims to raise awareness of the importance of music education in our schools and remind us of the benefits that music brings to our lives. It is an excellent opportunity to recognize the hard work of music teachers and the dedication of their students. Music in Our Schools Month is a reminder of the power that music has to bring us all together and enrich our lives.

A study published in our White Paper Music Matters: The Importance of Music and Music Education reveals that in 2007, Christopher Johnson, professor of music education and music therapy at the University of Kansas, found that children in elementary schools (age 5 -10) who received good music education scored significantly higher grades in English and math tests (22 percent higher in English and 20 percent higher in math)...

Celebrating World Music Therapy Day

World Music Therapy Day is celebrated on March 1 every year and is a day for people worldwide to celebrate the healing power of music. Music Therapy uses music to reduce stress and improve mood and self-expression through listening, singing, playing instruments, or composing music.

Music therapists are professionals trained to use music to improve the health and well-being of individuals. They use various techniques, such as songwriting, listening to music, singing, and playing instruments, to help individuals develop skills, improve communication, increase relaxation, and manage stress. Music therapists work with people of all ages and backgrounds in various healthcare settings. They work with those with physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs, providing evidence-based interventions tailored to the individual. Music therapy is a growing field and offers a unique way for individuals to express their emotions and gain insight into their lives.

Music therapy outdoors has many...

Royal 'Shaping Us' Campaign Strikes a Chord

Shaping Us is a new long-term campaign from The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood that was launched last week by HRH The Princess of Wales, which aims to transform public awareness of early childhood.

The movement is supported by a range of experts in early childhood and high-profile figures from media, music, science, and sports, and a campaign most definitely supported by us at Percussion Play. Our own research details just how important music is in early learning, such as understanding how to socialize, learning to be independent, and being creative.

Our white paper 'Music Matters; Music and Music Education' highlights how being exposed to music from a young age, particularly within a school or nursery setting, has been proven to encourage teamwork, self-confidence, empathy, improved communication skills, and intellectual curiosity. Individuals who have had the opportunity to develop these skills and behaviors in early life often turn out to be happier,...

Children's Mental Health Week takes place on 6-12 February 2023

To mark Children's Mental Health Week in the UK, Percussion Play reveals the benefits outdoor music therapy has on the mental health of children and young adults.

This year’s theme for the week is #letsconnect, and nothing connects people and communities like music. The awareness week was founded by Place2Be, which provides mental health services in over 500 schools across England, Scotland, and Wales. Sadly, around three children in every primary school class have a mental health problem, and many more struggle with challenges from bullying to bereavement.

A recent White Paper by Percussion Play highlights that music is an invaluable resource for maintaining and improving children’s mental health; it sparks creativity, inspires innovation, and stimulates emotional response and development. Research has consistently demonstrated the positive impact of music and musical engagement on mental health and child development. Likewise, the effects of exposure to green space, daylight,...

New White Paper Explores the Benefits of Outdoor Musical Instruments in Library Settings

Over on our Case Studies page, we are seeing a growing number of music-championing libraries including Scenic Regional Library, Bethlehem Public Library, Clinton Macomb Library and Oil City Library.

Many libraries across the US and the world have begun to bring musical gardens into the outdoor spaces of their public libraries and are reaping the benefits of these investments. Due to the profound and proven impact of musical play—and especially outdoor musical play—on mental health, creativity, language and literacy, developing intelligence, as a tool for intergenerational connection, and more, the incorporation of music and designated musical spaces in libraries is, and continues to be, a hugely significant venture in the pursuit of inclusivity, creativity, and innovation in these essential public institutions.

Our latest white paper, ['Creativity is...