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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Autism Acceptance Month - April 2022
Kicking off with World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, Autism Acceptance Month is an ongoing international effort to promote autism awareness and acceptance to ensure that all affected by autism can achieve the highest quality of life possible.
Designed to build a better awareness of the signs, symptoms, and realities of autism, Autism Acceptance Month focuses on providing information and resources for communities to be more aware of autism, promote acceptance and be more inclusive in everyday life.
With the prevalence of autism in the USA rising (from 1 in 125 children in 2010 to 1 in 54 in 2020), it is more important than ever that communities are encouraged to celebrate their differences and become more inclusive of individuals with autism. Music in the great outdoors promotes spontaneous, inclusive play opportunities for expression, fun, and laughter, helping support individuals with ASD and their families by strengthening the bonds of communication between parents, grandparents,...
Five Ways to Integrate Music with Reading on World Book Day
In the UK and Ireland, 3 March 2022 is World Book Day, and this year we are celebrating 25 years of changing lives through a love of books and shared reading.
World Book Day is a charity on a mission to help change children’s lives by making reading together and reading for pleasure a habit for life. It's a day of celebration of children’s books and reading and is marked in over 100 countries around the globe – although in most countries World Book Day takes place at a different time of year (usually around April 23 - Shakespeare's Birthday)
How wonderful to see that World Book Day 2022 is back to normal with children across the country dressing up as their favorite characters to celebrate books and reading. There are lots of fun activities planned as well as resources to be found and prizes to be won by visiting the World Book Day website.
World Book Day is the perfect opportunity to use outdoor musical...
Wellbeing Through Music - World Music Therapy Day March 1st
On World Music Therapy Day, March 1, we highlight how music and music therapy have the power to heal, improve mental health and wellbeing and enrich lives.
Music has long been used to help heal, transcending nations and cultures; this is why music is often referred to as the universal language. Music therapy benefits cognitive, emotional, and social issues and the physical needs of people. It has proven to be an effective way to help alleviate symptoms and provide a sense of inner calm to patients. For this reason, music therapy is becoming an increasingly popular form of holistic 'healing' and is used in hospices, care homes, residential homes, schools, and rehabilitation centers worldwide.
Treatment using music can help those experiencing loneliness, mental ill-health, and degenerative conditions such as dementia by enabling them to 'reconnect' with the world around them and encouraging them to communicate with others in a non-verbal way. Playing musical instruments and engaging...
Growing Together - Children's Mental Health Week 7-13 February 2022
Children's Mental Health Week takes place on 7-13 February. This year's theme is Growing Together, with children (and adults) asked to consider how they have grown, what they need to help them grow, and how they can help others to grow too.
There are four identifiable areas of human growth; physical, intellectual, emotional, and social, each overlapping the other. Human growth is a lifelong process; however, the fastest period of growth and development is during the infancy and early childhood life stages. We've all heard the theory that playing music to plants helps them grow, is it the same for children? What we do know is that musical experiences can most definitely build meaningful social, emotional, and cognitive brain connections that will help children hit developmental milestones as they grow.
Outdoor musical instruments can be unusual yet fun and functional tools to aid the development of physical skills and are proven to support communication, encourage expression...
Thinking Outside: Trend For Public Libraries to Transform Outdoor Spaces Continues
The Clinton Macomb Public Library is the latest in a long line of modern public libraries writing new chapters and getting creative through expanding their outside programs into great outdoor spaces. Wanting patrons to enjoy the benefits of the great outdoors while accessing library amenities, the library's leadership team placed considerable value on intergenerational and collaborative learning. It opened its al-fresco music garden in a prime position, right outside the main entrance of their brand new building, to create a “spark of joy at arriving and upon leaving.”
Our Case Studies page shows an ever-increasing number of public libraries utilising their greatest asset - outdoor space. Even before the pandemic, library grounds were trending, with spaces for outdoor programming being leveraged...
Camp Henry, Michigan Wins Percussion Play Ensemble in the Parks & Rec Great Fall Giveaway
We are delighted to announce that Camp Henry is the winner of the Percussion Play prize in The Great Fall Giveaway!
The inaugural Great Fall Giveaway was an exclusive contest run by Parks and Rec Business Magazine. All Parks & Recreation Departments, Summer Camps, and School Districts in the United States had a chance to enter and win any one of the four prizes up for grabs.
Fionna Scott entered the competition with the hope of winning the Percussion Play Soprano Quartet Ensemble, which includes a Cadenza, a Small Babel Drum, Soprano Pentatonic Freechimes, and a pair of medium Congas—altogether valued at $7,555.
Camp Henry has been serving campers since 1937 and sits on over 200 beautiful acres along the shores of Lake Kimball in Newaygo, MI, 35 miles north of Grand Rapids.
Fionna tells us, “Initially, I simply hoped for kids to have fun with the ensemble. After talking...