Junk Percussion Workshop


  • Age: 5+
  • Time: 15-20 mins
  • Skills: Listening, teamwork, rhythm and coordination
  • Materials: Plain paper, Scissors, Glue, Sticky tape
  • Outcomes: Working together as a team; making rhythms appropriate to learners ae and ability; inclusive; having fun.
  • Group Size: 5 or more


For participants to explore the themes of environment through creating musical percussion
instruments usings household junk.


  • The facilitator may chose to show participants an example of a junk percussion
    performance prior to creating their instruments. This can be sourced from
  • Explain to the participants that they are going to create percussion instruments from
    the raw materials provided.
  • Participants should work to create their instruments. Suggestions include:
    • Brooms
    • Dustbins
    • Glasses with different amounts of water in to change pitch
    • Tin with paperclips inside
    • Wind chimes
    • Spoons
    • Chopsticks
    • Clingfilm stretched over a plastic container
    • Matchboxes with matches inside.
    • Dried rice or pasta in a container.
  • When participants have created their instruments, the facilitator should start off a rhythmic workshop by taking an instrument and tapping out a rhythm. Participants
    should then be encouraged to add to the rhythm one by one, creating junk percussion jam.