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Welcome to our Music Diary page for Snare and Drum Kit

Make a note of these recommended activities in your Music Diary to help with your practice.  We'll be adding new activities regularly to keep you inspired. 

Regular practice can be fun and will help improve your playing or singing.

Remember - you're in charge of your practice routine so you can work at your own pace.  Keep working on new pieces or skills until you feel confident with them before moving on to the next challenge.  

Click “Additional Activites and Resources” tab to access the Instrumental Update Worksheets to get the most from these activities in your practice.

NHS Chant

NHS Chant

How to use your musical skills to cheer for the NHS

Paradiddle Pyramid

Paradiddle Pyramid

Take on the challenge! Can you complete the paradiddle pyramid?
Snare Drum Set Up

Snare Drum Set Up

Find out how to set up your snare drum correctly, and about the different parts of the drum
Drum Kit Setup

Drum Kit Setup

Mr Merry shows you how to set up your kit correctly
Snare Drum Warm Up

Snare Drum Warm Up

Exercises to get warmed up and ready to play
Watch It Crotchet!

Watch It Crotchet!

Find this piece in the beginner booklet and follow Miss Hartley's video to master 'Watch It Crochet!'
The Stick Trick

The Stick Trick

Challenge your friends, family and yourself to the Stick Trick! It's a fun way to improve your co-ordination.
Junk Percussion

Junk Percussion

Miss Hartley shows you how to use ordinary things around your house and turn them into musical instruments.  

Snare Drum Stamina Building

Snare Drum Stamina Building

Build stamina and develop rhythm skills essential for all percussionists
Backstick Challenge - Part 1 of 2

Backstick Challenge - Part 1 of 2

Mr Delaney presents two backstick challenges. Give them a go! Challenge yourself and develop your skills at the same time.
Part 1
Backstick Challenge - Part 2 of 2

Backstick Challenge - Part 2 of 2

Mr Delaney presents two backstick challenges.  Give them a go!  Challenge yourself and develop your skills at the same time.
Part 2
Clapping Challenge!

Clapping Challenge!

Another rhythmic challenge from Miss Hartley!  You'll need a helper too for this one
Bucket Drumming

Bucket Drumming

Make musical instruments from things you have at home!  All you need is a bucket, some drum sticks or wooden spoons and Miss Hartley's video
Semiquaver Combinations - Part 1 of 4

Semiquaver Combinations - Part 1 of 4

Practise semiquaver rhythm patterns with videos from Mr Hodgson.
Part 1
Semiquaver Combinations - Part 2 of 4

Semiquaver Combinations - Part 2 of 4

Practise semiquaver rhythm patterns with videos from Mr Hodgson.
Part 2
Semiquaver Combinations - Part 3 of 4

Semiquaver Combinations - Part 3 of 4

Practise semiquaver rhythm patterns with videos from Mr Hodgson.
Part 3
Semiquaver Combinations - Part 4 of 4

Semiquaver Combinations - Part 4 of 4

Practise semiquaver rhythm patterns with videos from Mr Hodgson.
Part 4
Snare Drum Copycat Exercise

Snare Drum Copycat Exercise

Have your sticks and snare/practice pad ready!  The video progresses from beginner to advanced with Mr Delaney as your guide
Fills for Drum Kit

Fills for Drum Kit

A tutorial on fills for drum kit with Mr Hodgson (suitable for grades 1 - 3)
Incorporating Dotted Rhythms - Part 1 of 2

Incorporating Dotted Rhythms - Part 1 of 2

How to incorporate dotted rhythms into snare drum and kit playing
Part 1
Incorporating Dotted Rhythms - Part 2 of 2

Incorporating Dotted Rhythms - Part 2 of 2

How to incorporate dotted rhythms into snare drum and kit playing.
Part 2
Accents are better than words

Accents are better than words

A focus on accents and how they can add extra interest when playing rhythms
Introducing Demisemiquavers on the Snare Drum

Introducing Demisemiquavers on the Snare Drum

A tutorial on demisemiquavers with Mr Hodgson
Drum Kit Copycat Challenge

Drum Kit Copycat Challenge

This copycat video both progress from beginner to advanced ability with Mr Delaney as your guide
Grade 1 Rudiments

Grade 1 Rudiments

Some of the essentials that all grade 1 percussionists need to know
Grade 2 Rudiments

Grade 2 Rudiments

Some of the essentials that all grade 2 percussionists need to know

Name that Instrument!

Can you identify all the percussion instruments in this quiz?  There are some tricky ones!

Practice Schedule 1

This worksheet will guide you through our online resources in a structured way to help with your practice routine. It's full of ideas and useful links for percussionists.

Drum Ninja

Free percussion resources website