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American School of Milan - Elementary Playground Gets a Musical Makeover

The American School of Milan (ASM) is an independent, co-educational college preparatory day school offering American-style education in the south of Milan.

The playground project was sponsored by the Fund for Excellence who purchased collaborative outdoor musical instruments (Duo Xylophone, Conga Drums and Tubular Bells) for the elementary school playground as an alternative to sports for students.

I asked Sara Griffiths, the school’s Admissions Coordinator, a little more about the project, how they found Percussion Play to deal with and how the instruments have been received:

What originally attracted you to our products?

We were looking for playground equipment that was designed for group play and a great alternative to sports at recess. The instruments are tuned to make nice harmonies and attractive to look at.

The videos on your website were very helpful when selecting the instruments.

How well did we communicate?

There was great follow up and the online chat...


Introducing the Capella Outdoor Xylophone

The Capella is brand new colourful 15-note outdoor resonated xylophone.

Available from our range of diatonic outdoor musical instruments, the vibrantly coloured anodised notes deliver a bright rounded sound and are set to our ‘rainbow scale’ encouraging players to reproduce a myriad of familiar tunes as well as being able to improvise and make their own unique music. The note range for this instrument is C-Major G3-G5.

When speaking of music and harmony, you will frequently encounter the term diatonic. The diatonic scales are the basic scales, or natural scales, and they can all be made by playing just the white keys on the piano.

For example, the key C-Major is the white keys on the piano starting with C - the notes are C D E F G A B C. If a melody is said to be diatonic and in the key of C, it will only use those 7 notes within the C-Major scale/key. You’ll notice however that the note range of the Capella is G3-G5, this makes it a mode of the C-Major scale, in fact it...


ASLA2015 Expo & Conference Chicago USA

So we’ve filled out all the relevant customs and immigration forms, organised the shipping, calculated time-zone changes and computed currency conversions and so, following panic attacks of epic proportions we’re finally there! Chicago USA for the ASLA2015 Conference and Exhibition.

With over 400 exhibitors, the ASLA EXPO is the largest trade show in the landscape architecture industry.

Our booth ‘1061’ looks fun, is interactive and tells a compelling story. We’ve taken some old favourites such as the Babel Drum, Congas and Duo Outdoor Xylophone, along with some pretty special USA inspired ‘My Tunes’ chimes which will let visitors to the booth play ‘Oh My Darling Clementine’ or ‘Amazing Grace’ with no practice or previous musical knowledge! Also, we are delighted to showcase three new instruments the Capella, Hand Pipes and Colossus Chimes.

The response so far has been overwhelming from customers and potential customers. We’ve come to Chicago for relationship...


Musical Activities Using The Sights & Sounds of Autumn

It’s autumn time again. I just love everything about this season, it's my favourite time of year. A step between summer and winter, it can be a wonderful mix of very warm days along with milder, cooler ones. The days get shorter and sleeping gets more satisfying than ever! In every way the autumnal season is a delight to the senses, some are so appealing and you don’t need to feel sorry that the summer is over. I thought it would be fun to list some of the different ways we can experience the sights, sounds, smells, textures, and tastes of autumn.

Sight - Nothing compares to the colour of autumn leaves at the peak of their splendour. The rich, vibrant tones produced as the leaves lose their chlorophyll, and reveal their true colours is a breath taking sight, no matter how often you’ve seen it. The green foliage of summer gradually gives way to colours that span the spectrum from dull browns to spectacularly vivid reds, oranges and yellows. This provides opportunities...


Rain, rain, go away but first let's play a little music

We had several visitors come to Percussion Play towers yesterday. They’d come along to see and play our outdoor musical instruments and so in preparation we bought a selection of instruments out onto our sunny courtyard, ready to be admired and enjoyed. Then it started to rain, really rain and it did not stop - a right British downpour. Not a problem for the outdoor musical instruments, they’re built to withstand the elements and will produce a great sound whatever the weather, especially the rain. Let’s be honest, here in the UK we’re not exactly blessed with the sunniest of climates, in fact we are known for attracting a fair amount of rainfall pretty much all year round. So you either stay inside to avoid the showers or you face the weather full on, which is exactly what we did. We decided to defy the weather, donned some raincoats, grabbed umbrellas and went and had some creative musical fun in the rain.

In fact, with rain showers comes inspiration. The weather can undoubtedly...