Weekly musical suggestion – HAND PAN

Welcome back to our space of the weekly musical suggestion, especially dedicated to parents and children.

Today is the last day of the year and we would like to suggest to you a piece of instrumental music that follows the principles of the MLT of Gordon (the musical learning theory on which we base our courses here at Highbury Park Music – First steps in music).

This piece is performed with a musical instrument that in 2017 has become more and more popular, the HANG DRUM or HAND PAN.


Sonically the hand pan is a percussive instrument that has the capacity to create many layers of sound, harmonics and ethereal effects.

The hand pan is a convex steel drum played with the hands and tuned with multiple notes. Each hand pan is tuned to a particular scale such as major, natural minor, harmonic minor, hijaz, mixolydian, etc.

Weekly musical suggestion

Christmas is over but we can still feel its spirit. This is the reason why we want to suggest you a hand pan version of the famous Carol of the Bells.

Follow the link and begin your 2018 with a different sound!


How can you listen to this song with your child?

If your child is aged 0 to 3 you can simply listen to this music rocking your baby while you move freely in the room, trying to follow the beat of the melody.

Because this is a cover of a famous Christmas carol, if your child is older then 3 you might want to listen to the original choral version and try to find the common melody or discover the differences.

Here you can find the original version.


The hand pan is a great instrument, able to create a magical atmosphere in which to relax or rest.

We suggest to listen to other songs on Spotify, simply searching for Hang or Hand Pan while you want to take a break form the hard work you do as a parent or even if you want to do some yoga or stretching.

Happy new year!

Marta MusindòAt Highbury Park Music we have decided to take inspiration from our Italian friend Marta!
Marta Noè is a great music educator that runs the Italian blog Musindò, which offers every week a selected musical piece to be listen at home with the children.

At HPM we choose our musical proposals according to the Music Learning Theory of Edwin E. Gordon and our experiences as music educators.

With the aim of helping the development of the musical potential of the child, we follow the principals of contrast, briefness, variety and complexity as fundamental elements of our weekly musical suggestions.

Marta Noè is a music educator specialised in the Music Learning Theory, founder and director of two different schools in Milan, called Musindò. She’s also a wonderful mum!

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