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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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Percussion Play attends Netherlands Largest Education Show
We are currently in snowy Utrecht in the Netherlands at the National Education Exhibition - NOT 2019 - taking place in the Jaarbeurs from 22 to 26 January 2019.
With over forty thousand visitors expected and 400 exhibitors, NOT is the largest event for Dutch teachers and education specialists which focuses on Childcare, Primary Education, Secondary Education and Secondary Vocational Education. Visitors can meet, network and be inspired at the NOT: gain new knowledge at the many workshops, lectures and demonstrations in the Education Academy as well as be inspired by the many new products and services on display.
Percussion Play Netherlands is exhibiting in the main hall on the 'Best Innovation Route' as well as in the 'Innovation Tunnel'. The Cavatina and Music Book on display has been shortlisted to win the prestigious NOT Innovation Award with the winner being announced at the end of the exhibition. Visitors have been invited to have a go and win the Cavatina and Music Book by...
New! Rainbow Trio Ensemble for music making indoors or outdoors
Our new space-saving wall mounted Rainbow Trio Ensemble is perfect for toddlers and younger children to discover music-making and express themselves with rhythm, melody, pitch and tone.
Comprising of Rainbow Trio Bongos, Rainbow Trio Metallophone and Rainbow Trio Chimes - these 'mini' instruments occupy less space than full-size instruments and require less budget too – making them particularly appealing for smaller establishments such as nursery schools, pre-schools and kindergartens.
Available to be purchased individually or as a colourful ensemble, these bright and inviting instruments are easy to securely fix to a wall, fence or existing play...
First Baby Floor Piano Installed in the USA
Park Hill Elementary School in Derby, KS has the distinction of being the first to have a Percussion Play Baby Floor Piano installed in the United States and it's already had plenty of happy little feet running across its keys!
The Baby Floor Piano will allow students to compose their own music as they choose to jump, dance, walk or wheel across the keys. Made of heavy-duty stainless-steel construction, our floor pianos are installed flush to the ground, are fully inclusive and wheelchair accessible.
The musical garden at Park Hill Elementary was created by ABCreative specifically for children of all abilities. All of the musical instruments are accessible to those in wheelchairs, using walkers or other mobility devices.
“It’s awesome to hear the music playing...
Percussion Play Netherlands Reach Innovation Award Finals
The team from Percussion Play Netherlands are delighted to share the news that the Rainbow Cavatina and Music Book have reached the final round of the '2019 NOT Innovation Awards' - the Dutch educational awards that recognise and celebrate the most innovative products focused specifically in and around early education.
From over 70 submissions, 10 finalists remain, having been fully assessed by an independent jury consisting of the winners from last years 'Teachers of the Year Awards'. The jury, among other things, looked at criteria such as how the product scores with regard to improving education within the target group (primary education), what are the advantages for the target group and how does...
Welcome to the team Kyle Recreation Inc.
This autumn we were delighted to wish new distributor Kim Edwards Kyle and her team at Kyle Recreation, Inc. a very warm welcome to the Percussion Play family.
Kyle Recreation will be offering our entire range of outdoor musical instruments and we're convinced that their expertise and existing portfolio will fit well with our innovative musical play equipment. Kim started Kyle Recreation, Inc. back in 2000 having previously gained seven years experience in the play industry working for her Father, a Little Tikes Rep. Kim tells us "I enjoy the process of building a play space for all ages. My degree is in music education and so Percussion Play and the way in which they bring percussion and music-making to the outdoor world appeals to my heart. I can use these instruments in my designs to draw children and adults together on the playground and I love how they are truly inclusive and multi-generational."
Beaver Dam Rotary Keeps the Music Coming
The Beaver Dam Rotary has recently expanded the number of outdoor musical instruments located along the Riverwalk Park by adding a colourful set of Rainbow Sambas and tall Tubular Bells - making it even more appealing to music makers, solace seekers and strollers of all ages.
The idea for the popular Riverwalk music trail began when the Beaver Dam Rotary Club decided to add a park, beautify a space and create a gathering place for young and old alike. Beaver Dam residents Judy and Tom Heffron stepped up with an idea to add dimension and creative play to the site. Judy Heffron, a musician with the Beaver Dam area Orchestra and a former music teacher for the Beaver Dam School District had always wanted outdoor instruments in the community.
“When we read that Rotary was creating a park downtown, we loved the idea because that is where we live,” Judy Heffron said. “The outdoor musical instruments just seemed to be a great fit because of the space available. Having been an elementary...