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 Case Study - Ireland’s ‘most inclusive’ playground
Percussion Play instruments feature in a brand new playground considered Ireland's most inclusive. The playground designers involved have considered both physical and sensory disabilities as well as additional needs of children on the autism spectrum and those with motor coordination difficulties. Today the community has a playground that meets the needs of every child whilst playing side by side. The design of the equipment meant that the playground is not obviously a special needs playground, nothing is tucked away in a corner.
Kasha Huse - I’m a mother of 3 fantastic children. The music area was so calming, and all the children were being creative and getting involved. For once, we all as a family, enjoyed a trip to the playground and have been there many times since.
Hop on over to our Case Study page to read more.
New Series of Articles to Be Published in Percussion Play 'Knowledge Base'
The Percussion Play team has been steadily growing and we are excited to introduce a new team member who has joined us recently as our Sales Assistant - Kate Mannerings.
Kate has recently joined the Percussion Play team and having come from a background in Early Years education she was immediately able to identify the many ways in which our musical instruments could be used successfully in an outdoor educational environment. We've asked her to write down her thoughts and ideas, and the result is a fabulous series of articles intended to support practitioners within early years settings. We're delighted to start sharing these with you over in our 'Knowledge Base' with the first article available to view now!
Percussion Play Introduces New Grand and Baby Floor Pianos
High energy and engaging, these fully chromatic mechanical Floor Pianos are engineered to perform in all environments. With 13 to 25 notes, kids and adults alike will be able to compose their own music as they jump, run or dance along the notes.
Made of heavy-duty stainless-steel construction, these Floor Pianos are installed flush to the ground and work equally well in schools, parks, and other public spaces.
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Love Parks Week - An annual celebration of parks and green spaces #LoveParks
All good things come to an end, right? The World Cup. The sunny weather. Love Island. They can't last forever. However, our love of parks is enduring. Parks provide space for locals to interact with each other and meet new people. They’re also great spaces for events and for people to engage in all kinds of recreational activities, to play together, exercise together and even (ahem) make music together!
With the rather worrying recent research carried out by ‘Keep Britain Tidy’ which revealed that increasingly parents have ‘no time’ to take kids to the park, now is more important than ever to recognise the importance these local green spaces have on our lives - especially in childhood. A huge 75% of children say they would like to spend more time in the great outdoors, and four out of five parents (80%) admit that they would like their child to spend more time outside, so the need to protect them for future generations is greater than ever – we need to use them,...
Making new friends at the 2018 Rotary Convention
Percussion Play are delighted to be at the 109th annual international Rotary convention taking place in Toronto this week.
Often described as a “Mini-United Nations”, the convention is the Rotary’s biggest event of the year with more than 24,000 registered participants from 175 countries and geographic regions who have come together to renew friendships, find inspiration, and exchange ideas on how to improve lives and bring positive, lasting change to communities around the world.
The House of Friendship in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre opened on Saturday morning. The bustling hall is where the Rotary world comes together to share ideas, advice, and project successes. This is our first time exhibiting and we have enjoyed sharing our own Rotary success stories with club members from around the world and discussing how our outdoor musical instruments could be incorporated into future community projects and playgrounds.
We can be found in Booth #1617 - if you are attending,...
New White Paper Published - Five Notes For All: The Power of the Pentatonic Scale
We are pleased to announce the publication of our newest white paper Five Notes For All: The Power of the Pentatonic Scale and what better day to share this than International Make Music Day?
Wherever you are in the world on the 21st June, the chances are you are never too far away from some great music as the annual Make Music Day grabs the world by storm. But here's a great leveller: all of the fantastic musicians you'll hear were amateurs once and the beauty of the pentatonic scale is how easy it is to play whatever your level. Consisting of five notes and found in practically every form of music in the world, the Pentatonic scale contains almost no clashing or disonant notes. Put another way, you can play almost any notes of a pentatonic scale in almost any combination, and they’ll sound great together.
It’s wonderful to improvise using a scale which always sounds good. So, what is a...