No prior knowledge or musical experience is needed.
Teachers/Facilitators can be trained within a relatively few hours and learners
are able to play a piece of music in their very first lesson.
Players can advance from beginners to fantastic performers within a short space
Concentration skills are greatly enhanced and worked upon when playing marimbas.
Self-confidence and self-esteem are greatly boosted as there is a part for every
child to play, regardless of ability.
Playing music together is a team effort! Each and every team member is equally
Because of the recommended technique of playing marimbas: hand to hand/alternating
hands - both sides of the brain are being exercised equally. This does not happen
in many other activities.
Because it is recommended that hands are alternated all the time, crossing of
the midline becomes second nature.
Listening skills are greatly enhanced when playing marimbas: players need to
play absolutely together to create a piece of music.
Through various games and exercises learners’ aural training skills may be developed.
The science of sound production can be demonstrated and studied through the marimba.
Through singing and spelling games on the marimba, languageskills and spelling
It is a known fact that maths and music are inter-related. Marimba music is strongly
based on patterning, as is maths. It goes without saying that the one helps and
reinforces the other.
There are lovely maths games that can be combined with marimbas to encourage
and enhance maths learning.
The bars on the marimba are fairly wide so learners with poor fine-motor coordination
are still able to play with ease.
Physically and mentally challenged learners can play marimbas and be part of
a marimba band.
Fine and gross-motor coordination are constantly being worked on when learners
are playing marimbas.
Learners who do not have dexterity in their fingers for whatever reason often
find it difficult , if not impossible to play a melodic musical instrument. The
marimba offers these learners the opportunity to play a melodic instrument.
The memory is developed through lots of repetition.
The nature of the music for marimbas is such that there are very easy parts and
then there are parts that are graded according to abilities.
By using dummy keyboards in the classroom every learner is focused on playing
at the same time. This alleviates discipline problems.
With imagination, patience and a sense of fun the music classroom is transformed
into a magical soundscape.
All genres of music can be played on marimbas.
The marimba is a robust, low maintenance and portable instrument that does not
need electricity to operate!
The instruments sell themselves in the classroom and EVERYONE wants to play!