Percussion instruments come from all over the world and many of them have been played since ancient times. The xylophone, for example, has been played in Africa for hundreds of years.

Instruments include drums, cymbals, xylophones, triangles, timpani, gongs — in fact, anything that has to be hit in order to make a sound is included in the percussion section (the word “percussion” means “struck”). Percussion instruments are used in all types of music, such as classical, musicals, film music, pop & rock, jazz etc.

How old do you have to be to learn percussion?

There’s no minimum or maximum age for these wonderfully versatile instruments. You usually start on the snare drum, then move up to timpani and mallet percussion instruments (marimba, xylophone, vibraphone, glockenspiel).


Surrey Arts teach lessons all over the county including Camberley, Oxted, Reigate, Banstead, Woking, Staines and Guildford