25 Reasons why every South African child

needs to learn to play the Marimba

  • 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 of time.
  • 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 important.
  • 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, language     skills and spelling is improved.
  • 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!