Welcome to the Percussion Play Blog

We hope you'll be a regular visitor as we blog and share stories about the instruments we make and the people who play them. 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. We'll also let you know about sales and events taking place.

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.

Thank you for reading, visiting, commenting and contributing - we’re excited to have you here!

New White Paper Published - Sounds and the Spectrum: The Benefits of Music for Autistic Children

We are pleased to announce the publication of our newest white paper - Sounds and the Spectrum: The Benefits of Music for Autistic Children

This FREE white paper explores the numerous studies that have concluded that there is a strong positive correlation between exposure to music and improved well-being for individuals with autism.

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About Our White Papers

With fresh and engaging content, our collection of white papers are the result of extensive research. Serving as a knowledge hub, we are pleased to present this area for those interested in meaningful content related to music, musical play, music therapy and health.


Playrope | Percussion Play's Leading Distributor in Australia

Percussion Play director Robin Ashfield has just completed an extensive visit with their primary reseller in Australia, Playrope pty - Australia’s top playground solutions supplier offering first class products selected from all over the world.

"Just getting it here is only the beginning of the story" explains Graeme Gilson, Managing Director "our clients are selective and demand the very best. This is why we partnered with Percussion Play to bring their beautifully made and tonally perfect outdoor musical instruments to the most exciting playgrounds in Australia today."

Gilson says “Whilst Robin has been with us, we have had numerous meetings with landscape architects in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. Robin also spent sometime with our subsidiary company in Auckland New Zealand. We expect to see more outdoor musical instruments in our playgrounds, they provide an alternative to the high level of activity...


Visit to Australia & New Zealand

Percussion Play Director Robin Ashfield has travelled extensively in Australia and New Zealand over the past few weeks meeting with partner companies in the Southern Hemisphere. He has been out in the field, meeting employees and conducting training sessions and briefings on our range of outdoor musical instruments as well as meeting with some of their prospective clients.

Percussion Play only work with leading play equipment providers who are experts in play and committed to providing quality, innovative play-spaces for all. These alliances offer customers around the world the opportunity to purchase our musical instruments with the confidence of local in country support and as such hold the keys to the success of the Percussion Play brand. We are fortunate to have several successful working partnerships with companies in Australia and New Zealand and this visit has been a fantastic opportunity to meet face to face with their sales teams and executives to deliver our brand message...


New: White Papers - A Knowledge Hub For Meaningful Music Related Content

Percussion Play has just launched a new White Papers section on its website for individuals looking to boost their knowledge, for people searching for strong evidence concerning the health benefits of music in numerous situations, or those simply seeking some inspiration for their own school, care home or elder centre or community project.

With fresh and engaging content, our collection of white papers are the result of extensive research. Serving as a knowledge hub, we are pleased to present this area for those interested in meaningful content related to music, musical play, music therapy and health.

Our first FREE white paper is entitled Music For Mood and Memory - The Benefits of Music For People Living With Alzheimer’s and Dementia. An in-depth look at how playing music has many surprising benefits, not only for learning language, improving memory and focusing attention, but also for physical coordination and development.

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Listening To & Making Music Helps Understand Feelings and Emotions

Music can be a constructive way to express who you are and what you are feeling, especially in young children. It can often be difficult for children to say how they are feeling, primarily because they don’t know the name of the feeling they’re experiencing and instead they show us by crying, throwing temper tantrums or having meltdowns. Emotional expression is something that must be learned, and young children can be taught basic emotions such as happy, mad, sad, and scared as early as two years old. As they get older, further emotions such as frustration, nervousness or shyness can be explained.

Music and play is a very effective way for children to learn about and explore feelings, and then practise how to express and manage them (In fact, given the emotionally charged nature of music it’s an incredibly effective way for everyone, not just children to express themselves and cope with challenging life circumstances). Whenever we’re making music, we leave the realm of social...