It’s that time, the music cupboards need updating, that 10 year old glockenspiel is looking a little sad for itself and well the triangles are lacking their triangle beaters. Every teacher wonders…just where do those triangle beaters go?! A mystery only the music department will try to understand. I do believe there’s staple percussion instruments a classroom should always have. These staple items can create 'off the cuff' music lessons when you’re running late from that department meeting or the head of house has caught you in the corridor, and of course you have to engage in conversation. Don’t even think you’re getting to that lesson in time if Charlie from Year 9 is having a mini meltdown in the corridor, cue… escorting him to SLT (Senior Leadership Team). He’s had too many chances and your patience is wearing thin… You arrive at your lesson, a little flustered from running from the other side of school. Why is it when you’re running late it’s always from the other side of the school? Always. Never around the corner. Next thing you know, lesson plan is out of the window and you rely on your trusted staple percussion instruments to save the day! Now, of course, not every school day requires ‘off the cuff’ lessons, we know you teachers work extremely hard to ensure your children get the most varied music education lessons. Below, are just the essentials every school classroom should have.