Glockenspiels

Classes

This term, Year 5 are learning to play the glockenspiel in music lessons with Mrs. Bland.
 
Glockenspiel is a German word which means "bell play. The glockenspiel is a member of the percussion family. The percussion family includes the timpani, snare drum, bass drum, xylophone, chimes, gong, cymbals, and many smaller percussion instruments.
 
Unlike most percussion instruments, the glockenspiel produces a pitch when struck. The glockenspiel began as a set of individual bells that were replaced by steel bars near the end of the 17th century. In the beginning, the glockenspiel was only considered a substitute for real bells. But gradually the glockenspiel became an instrument in its own right.
 
To make a sound on the glockenspiel the player must strike a bar with a mallet. When the player strikes a bar with a hard mallet, the glockenspiel produces a bright and sharp sound. When the player strikes a bar with a soft mallet a more muted sound is produced.