Tambourine and Stick Info
People ask me about what hand-held instruments I prefer for teaching.
I use a tambourine with two rows of 8 jingles and a soft-headed mallet.
With the drum, I can cue starts and stops, freeze and move.
I can change the texture of the sound by playing the head of the drum with the stick, my hand, or against the side of my thigh. I can play the side with the side of the stick, or my flat palm. I can shake the jingles.
I can play a regular pulse on the drum head or side, alternating between the two to indicate a change of movement (e.g. from walking to hopping and back again).
This is the drum I use for “Drumtalk” when I teach children to listen for the different sounds and move to them: shake, freeze, melt and pop up.
If you want to order your own, here’s the info:
Tambourine with jingles
Remo Fiberskyn 3 (TA- 5210) Comes in black (70 is the product number for that color), red (52) or white (00)
My drum is black.
Vic Firth American Custom Timpani T1- General (VIC – VFT1)
Comes two to a package. Each teacher needs only 1.
Best prices: Steve Weiss Music
Approx per teacher/classroom cost: $40 (excludes shipping)
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