Designed to be played with bare hands, the Djembe is a rope-tuned, skin-covered drum that originated in West Africa. This versatile drum produces a wide variety of sounds and is typically heard as a solo instrument in percussion ensembles. The Djembe is interesting, loud and cool to look at - exactly the type of drum that appeals to a young musician. Check out the Remo Kid's Percussion Rain Forest Djembe, the Nino Moon Rhythms Series African Djembe and the Pearl Fun Drum Djembe - they're all great additions to your collection of classroom drums.
Now, if you'd like to add South American music to your teaching plan, it goes without saying that you're going to need a few sets of bongo drums. When it comes to playing the bongos, there are no rules. You can bang them with your hands, use drums sticks or brushes or slap them between your knees and really let loose. What kid (or adult for that matter) wouldn't want that type of freedom when playing an instrument? Check out the Rhythm Band Single Bongo. Offering a pleasant musical tone with a nice sustain, this bamboo bongo drum is lightweight, affordable and a whole lot of fun.
And these are just a few examples of the classroom drums found on these pages. No one knows your students better than you, so spend some time browsing and see which drum (or drums) best suit the needs of your young musicians. Whatever you choose, you can be sure that your student's faces will light up with excitement the second they see the drums you've selected set up in your classroom.