Musical instruments designed with creative music making in mind
Tuned Percussion Making Workshops for Junior Schools and Special Needs Schools.
Years 4, 5 and 6
In a day, pupils from one class make a 2 Octave Xylophone, Metallophone or a Batonka.
Using a separate classroom I work with a group of 4 pupils on a rotational basis throughout the day. This is a real opportunity for pupils to develop Design and Technology skills as well as the understanding of Science and Music.
The school benefits from the addition of a new instrument that will be in tune with the school’s existing music resources. “It was a great experience for the classes that made the instruments and both are still in use 5 years on.” Mr Webb, Senior teacher at Belmont Junior, London, N22
Price from £275 per day (incl. materials) for a class
The instruments can be installed in the playground (as below). For an extra payment which covers the cost of making the frame off-site and installation. Costs from £300 extra.
This metallophone keys were cut and tuned in a day by Year 5 pupils. The keys were then fixed to frame and attached to reclaimed desk legs by Will Embliss. These instruments can be used indoors and out in the playground as desired.
“I would like to thank you for helping Year 5 make a xylophone. It sounds and looks BRILLIANT! I really enjoyed making it and you taught me how to saw properly.”
“It was fun to be allowed to actually saw wood!”
“It was really interesting to find out how to construct and put together the xylophone in a strange way that I’ve never seen before. My favourite part was testing the note that my group made. I also like cutting the wood.”
“I felt proud when we showed it in assembly.”
” I really liked the ringing sound it mad. I learnt that you can make an instrument in one day!”
I was pleased to be invited back for three days to Christchurch Primary, Hampstead in March 2020. Together we made a Batonka, a Chord Batonka, and a Xylophone with Years 4, 5 and 6
Download Leaflet Tuned Percussion Making Workshops
Please contact Will Embliss
07946 625957 or 0208 351 3121
78 Devonshire Hill Lane, London, N17 7NG