Percussion music

Key points

  • Percussion instruments produce sound by being struck. They help establish the rhythm of a musical piece along with melody and harmony.
  • Percussion instruments can have a definite or tuned pitch (such as marimbas, chimes, triangles and xylophones) or indefinite or untuned pitch (such as drums, cymbals and castanets).
  • In primary school students will compose music in 4/4 time, or tempo. In high school students will compose music in different tempo measures (eg, 5/4 time).
  • High school composition involves recording and the creation of a score.
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Percussion music


Percussion at New York City's Union Square metro station.


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