Music Books

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Marimba Music 1
Book & CD

Marimba Music 1 is a collection of easy pieces for diatonic marimbas, xylophones and other instruments. Each piece has simple and more challenging parts. All pieces have been extensively classroom tested and are suitable for children aged 8 to adults.

Example - Grace and Favour. This piece is easy to teach aurally as it is based on 5 note scale passages and a simple descending bassline.

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Marimba Music 2
Book & CD

Marimba Music 2 includes many of the pieces Jon Madin has developed for use in schools in recent years. These pieces are designed to be easy to teach and to be sufficiently catchy and vibrant to keep kids interested.

Example - Albatross Rock is very popular with kids. The riff is the most important line. It drives the piece forward.

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Marimba Songs
Book & 2CDs

This is a collection of songs for children with easy arangements for marimbas and exlophones. It is deisgned maily for middle and upper primary school children.

Example - The Crocodile Opera: Is from Marimba Songs.


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Marimba Music For Little Kids
Book & CD

This is a collection of songs and pieces of music for diatonic marimbas, xylophones and other instruments. These songs are suitable for children ages 5-10 (some can easily be adapted for older children too). The songs for the youngest children have actions and only a few notes to find.

I Wanna CCC. This is an example of a joining in, listen well and have fun piece of music. The instructions for what to play are in the song.

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Playing 'If You're Happy' from Marimba Music for Little Kids

For some African-style marimba pieces, obtain Marimba! Via Australia by Andy Rigby. This book and tape set is available from the VOSA website

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