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A tongue drum in school: is it a good idea?

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When does a child's development begin? What phases does it go through? These are the questions we ask ourselves in relation to the development of our young children.

In schools, however, the question is most pertinent: what do we need to do to improve children's development? This active attitude, the will to be an actor and agent of child development, is the core business of the profession of the elementary school teacher.

One of the answers to this question leads through music. So what to do if you are not a musician, music theory classes are a long way off, and the fragility of many instruments proves to be a major disadvantage?

The tongue drum, the new age instrument par excellence, is the ideal answer to this problem.

What is the tongue drum?

The tongue drum belongs to the percussion instruments. It consists of two pieces of metal, one of which has "tongues" that, when struck, produce a soft, pleasant sound.

Thus, it is an instrument of the idiophone family, that is, instruments that produce sounds when struck [1]. It is therefore an instrument that children love.

Why should you prefer the reed drum?

The tongue drum has many advantages:

- it is small and robust

- it is easy to play

- its price is affordable

- it is possible to play several tongue drums at the same time,

We will explain each of these advantages in detail.

Warum sollten Sie die Zungentrommel bevorzugen?

Die Zungentrommel hat viele Vorteile:

- sie ist klein und robust

- sie ist leicht zu spielen

- ihr Preis ist erschwinglich

- es ist möglich, mehrere Zungentrommeln gleichzeitig zu spielen,

Wir werden jeden dieser Vorteile im Detail erklären.

The tongue drum is easy to play.

What makes playing an instrument tricky, especially in a school class, is the farandole of wrong notes that our music apprentices play. This is a cause for ridicule and a reason to abandon the noble art of music early.

With the tongue drum, no wrong note is possible. Each percussion provides a clear and correct sound. It consists of eight notes spanning two octaves and does not need to be tuned.

Thus, it is an instrument that requires little musical knowledge and no special care. Therefore, it perfectly adapts to life in a school classroom. Children will love it even more, as they will be delighted when they manage to play without making false sounds.


The tongue drum has an affordable price.

As a budget instrument par excellence, our Tongue Drum costs only 119 euros, while traditional metallophones and xylophones cost more than 200 euros each.

In addition, we offer interested schools and kindergartens to introduce the playing of the tongue drum in their lessons.

We will be glad to inform you about our offers at: contact@zena-drum.com.

It is not only the internal advantages of this instrument that make it a suitable and thoughtful choice, but also the benefits that music in general has for the development of children.

Music contributes to cognitive development.

School prepares our children for the future. The goal of all teachers is to give our children the best tools to adapt to the world that awaits them.

For example, playing a musical instrument for two years goes a long way in helping children listen despite the noise [2] or improving their academic performance regardless of their IQ [3].

Isn't this exactly what we are striving for in our school children? Shouldn't there be, before we even think about giving them knowledge, this preliminary stage, this work on brain plasticity?

Music is what enables a preparation of the mind to receive a teaching, to understand it and to use it. How is this to be done? Through a better formulation of ideas, through a better mastery of non-verbal thinking and vocabulary [4].

So, if you want to introduce music in your school or institution, or simply expand the instrumental offer for children by diversifying the sounds, the tongue drum is the right option. It is the great instrumental discovery of recent years.



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[1] Was sind Idiophone?, Universität von Washington.

Lien external : https://guides.lib.uw.edu/archives/idiophones#:~:text=Idiophone%20sind%20Instrumente%20zur%20Erzeugung,angeschlagener%20Didiophone%20und%20gezupfter%20Didiophone.

[2] Music training improves speech-in-noise perception: longitudinal evidence from a community-based music program, Slater, Skoe et autres, 2015, doi 10.1016/j.bbr.2015.05.026.

Lien external : https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26005127/

[3] Music lessons and academic self-concept in 12- to 14-year-old children, Degé, Wehrum et autres, 20 février 2014, doi 10.1177/1029864914523283.

Lien external : https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1029864914523283

[4] Das Üben eines Musikinstruments in der Kindheit ist mit verbesserten verbalen Fähigkeiten und nonverbalem Denkvermögen verbunden, Forgeard, Winner et autres, 29 octobre 2008, doi 10.1371/journal.pone.0003566.

Lien external : https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18958177/