Slap drumming - KidZ gathering drum

RRP £119.00
£82.50 ex. VAT
20+ in stock
30 more expected 22nd June 2024
  • Fun and easy SLAP drumming for younger players
  • Features educational ‘how to play’ graphics printed on the skin
  • Ready to play pre-tuned synthetic heads
  • A wonderful introduction to rhythmic interactive music making for ages 5+
  • Dimensions: 22" x 8"
  • Supplied with a pair of soft beaters
  • Full description
  • Reviews

Introducing the Percussion Plus Slap Percussion - Gathering Drum

The Slap Drumming range is the perfect way to introduce rhythm and time into your KS1 and KS2 music classes. These bright and colourful drums feature educational ‘how to play’ graphics printed on the skin, which helps teach beginners and young players where to position their hands to get different sounds.

This Gathering Drum produces a big, booming sound and is lots of fun for anyone aged 5+. All materials and hardware have been produced to the highest standard, and are designed to withstand the trials of regular classroom use, whilst still producing a warm and powerful sound. For a fun group activity, this particular drum is designed so 2 or 3 kids can gather around the instrument (hence the name!) and explore its variety of sounds and tones together, which is great for teamwork building and social skills.

Whether it's for a large primary school class or music therapy use, this affordable range requires no maintenance and gives you the tools you need for smooth-running lessons.

“The first thing I noticed about the drums is how incredibly light they are. This makes them ideal for use in educational settings that involve young children or older children who may find holding the instrument difficult.

The real benefit of these instruments is that the drumhead has been printed with graphics of the hand positions to show exactly where to play the drum to achieve the correct sounds. The construction is solid, they have good tone, are good to look at, and are fun to play.”

Andy Gleadhill - Percussion Plus Global Ambassador

Let's play together

With this gathering drum from Percussion Plus, you get a great looking high-quality instrument with an innovative 'how to play' guide printed on the drum skin. There are many different techniques used to produce tones on a djembe and any of these can be used on our djembes. The printed graphic on the head of the drum offers suggested hand positions for the three main tones on a djembe: slap, tone, and beat.

With this easy method, teaching and learning is simple and allows you to tailor your class to include visual as well as instructive and aural learners, providing an inclusive way into music making for all levels and abilities.

Fun look, vibrant sound

The colourful pattern wrapped around the drum gives a fun and exciting look, inviting young classes to learn and play. It has a lightweight body so is easily stored and transported and is supplied with two soft beaters. At 22" in diameter it is sizeable drum ensuring a booming bassy tone with enough space for 2 or 3 students to gather around the drum.

Although it is lightweight, the build quality is reassuringly sturdy and the sound is just as vibrant and powerful as its colourful patterned exterior!

How to play

The design on the drum head shows examples of hand positions that can be employed to obtain a fabulous variety of tones from the drum, from punchy bass to cracking highs. When you hit the skin, let your hand bounce back allowing the sound to ring.


This area in the centre of the drum produces a warm and full tone. Use the beaters to strike the centre of the drum for a solid rhythmic backing, allowing accents to be created using the tone and slap positions.

The Bass

You can also use your hands to strike the centre of the drum for a warm and full tone. This provides a solid rhythmic backing, allowing accents to be created using the tone and slap positions.

The Tone

Straighten all your fingers at the same time. There are numerous hand positions that can be used to create the tone. Think of your hand as a straight extension of your arm, and you should get a solid ‘thud’ sound.

The Slap

This stroke can be played in the same position as the tone, the difference is that one relaxes the hand and arm to hit the drum with a slap-like motion. Spreading your fingers out slightly when they strike the head helps create a crisp clear sound.