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 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...


Percussion Play CADDetails 'Manufacturer of the Month December 2017'

We hear so often that we don’t make things in the UK any more - well Percussion Play are bucking the trend having just become the CADdetails Users Choice 'Manufacturer of the Month' for December 2017 - automatically taking them to the finals for the 2017 Manufacturer of the Year.

Each month CADdetails users and subscribers who include; architects, contractors and designers are asked to vote for their favourite manufacturers. All 12 monthly winners go on to become finalists.

Jody Ashfield, Managing Director of Percussion Play says, "We are delighted to have made it to the finals. We put forth our best effort each day, ensuring Percussion Play creates and delivers the best quality outdoor musical instruments in the most sustainable way. While we’re very proud of all our accomplishments as a manufacturing business, it’s reaffirming when third parties such as <a href="https://www.caddetails.com/"...


Encouraging Music & Movement | National Obesity Week

National Obesity Awareness Week runs from the 8th-14th January 2018. It helps to promote awareness of obesity as a UK health concern, supporting ways to prevent and tackle the problem as a nation.

Obesity can have serious physical implications for children and many obese children will go on to become obese adults. Obesity takes an emotional toll on children. The stigma attached to being overweight can be as damaging to a child as the health conditions which often go hand in hand with obesity. Overweight children are more likely to get bullied and teased by their peers in school, resulting in low self-esteem and mental health problems such as depression.

Poor diet and sedentary lifestyles (sitting still for too long) are the two primary causes of excess weight and obesity in children. A report by Public Health England cited that only 21% of boys and 16% of girls aged 5-15 achieved the recommended levels of physical activity. Because of the way the world has changed, opportunities...


Tutti Xylophone Takes Centre Stage in French Landscaping Show

Paysalia is the leading trade exhibition for everyone in France active in landscaping.

Paysalia 2017 attracts visitors and exhibitors from all aspects of the landscaping business, from professionals who design, create, or maintain public or private green spaces along with manufacturers and suppliers - everyone active in landscaping meets to build the future of the business together.

Paysalia has chosen ‘health and well-being in gardens’ as the focus for this year’s exhibition. Demonstrating how parks and gardens contribute to the improvement of quality of life and well-being of all its users and highlighting the benefits experienced through the enjoyment of these gardens for all.

Additionally, open to all landscaping designers and entrepreneurs, the Paysalia "Carré des Jardiniers" contest is held every two years. Turning the spotlight on gardeners and rewarding them for their achievements as project managers and artists, the Carré des...


Lithuanian Reseller 'Dego' Brings Music to School Expo

We have an excellent community of skilled resellers available to support our customers around the globe, and we love to share stories of these resellers, working hard to spread the message and showcasing our instruments at select conferences and exhibitions.

The latest to do so are the team from UAB Dego at the 2017 'School Exhibition' held in the Lithuanian Exhibition and Congress Center, Vilnius, Lithuania.

Billed as the most important event of the year for the Lithuanian education community, the motto of the exhibition was ‘School without Walls’ – the perfect platform on which Eglė Prieskienienė (Director of Dego) and her team could meet and discuss the benefits of outdoor musical instruments, while sharing her many success stories with the school leaders, business, teachers, students and parents attending.

The School Exhibition was held in conjunction with the ‘Children’s Exhibition’ - the only specialized...