12 body percussion rhythms to use in your class!
Body percussion is such a great way to introduce children to music, especially for schools that don’t have access to many musical resources!
We’re pretty sure you’ve heard of it before, but before we jump into the deep end and throw our favourite body percussion instruction videos your way, we thought we would go over the basics.
What is body percussion?
Body Percussion is the art of using your body to create percussive sounds; your body becomes a musical instrument. It’s the perfect activity for warming up, learning about and even creating music, as a group. Body percussion is based around the musical concepts of Beat, Rhythm and Tempo, offering new, and experienced pupils a great way explore these skills in a practical and accessible way.
Why is body percussion important?
It is the perfect solution for schools that want to incorporate more music in their lesson planning. Whether or not you have a music room full of instruments: It can be beneficial to strip back to the basics and provide your pupils with musical skills they can practice outside of the classroom with no resources needed. Body percussion can be an incredibly useful tool for teaching new musical skills, and as an added bonus can help harness the energy in your classroom.
Where can you find more information, or inspiration, on how to include body percussion into your classroom?
Here’s a playlist of our favourite YouTube tutorials on body percussion, that are suitable for primary school children:
Don’t see your favourite on the list? Let us know! We would love to check it out and add it to our resources.