Dingboxes

You step or jump on these boxes and they ding musical notes. Instructions for making them can be found in 'Make Your Own Wacky Instruments' by Jon Madin. Stomp boxes have percussion instruments either in or connected to them.

Videos

YouTube videos featuring Jon’s work. Players are using marimbas, echocellos, musical bikes, finger glocks, pole percussion and rubber glove bassoons.

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Instrument Making Books
'Make Your Own Marimbas'
This is a book of simple illustrated instructions for making Marimbas.

'Make Your Own Wacky Instruments' This is a collection of ideas for constructing a range of instruments out of cardboard tubes, plastic pipes and bits of wood etc.


Bass marimba

Marimbas
Our marimbas are inspired by African xylophones but redesigned for three standing players. The simple design means that you can make them yourself.

Sales
Marimba Music sells six books. The four music books come with CDs. Within Australia we sell marimbas and sets of tone bars, beaters etc.

We publish four music books for ensembles of diatonic marimbas, xylophones and other instruments. Most pieces cater for a range of abilities. 'Marimba Music for Little Kids' contains mostly songs with only a few notes to play.

Massed Marimba playing in Tasmania.
Photo courtesy Hobart Mercury.

School Visits

Marimba Playing.
Jon visits schools and involves all the kids in playing marimbas, drums and wacky instruments. A grand performance completes the day.

Marimba Making.
In one day kids (9 and up) can chisel and tune the tone bars for one or two marimbas. The frames are usually made by parents.

Maintenance
How to look after marimbas

Free Music
Examples of music and songs from our music books / CDs.

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Music Books

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