What Instruments Do I Need / Can I Use?
Prodigies focuses largely on playing with colorful deskbells (CNDB-D), our Prodigies Bells App, Boomwhackers, Piano, Xylophones, Recorders & Ukulele
Wonder what instruments to use with Prodigies? Here you can find suggestions, links, alternatives & tips for making the most out of our music curriculum.
If you DON’T have an instrument, you can still sing and hand-sign with our curriculum, but it definitely makes it more fun & engaging to have an instrument to practice.
Learn more & shop instruments below!
The core curriculum focuses on bells that are colorful, easy & fun to play.
While they are ideal for beginners & children with special needs, they are also quality and expressive enough for mature players.
Look for Chromanotes(TM) colored Deskbells On:
Voice + Hand-Signs
Prodigies combines singing Solfege (Do Re Mi etc) with simple hand-signs to make pitch development concrete, memorable & fun.
This way, you always have an instrument with you!
The hand-signs help to make the abstract idea of pitch more concrete and memorable.
Plus, by combining two hands with our voice, we’re activating multiple areas of the brain for more points of access to pitch.
Free Bell App
Go digital with our free Prodigies Bells App!
Learn to play your first wind instrument with our medieval themed series, Recorder Prodigies.
We recommend the Aulos 3 Piece Student Recorder, but any decent soprano Recorder will work.
Discover Hawaii’s favorite stringed instrument in Ukulele Prodigies, a colorful introduction to the Ukulele.
When starting with a Ukulele, we recommend choosing a soprano, concert or Tenor Uke to begin.
Prodigies works wonderfully with Xylophones, Glockenspiels & other mallet percussion.
Mallets present more challenging alternative to the deskbells, which is good for kids ages 5+.
Add some colorful stickers for a more error-proof instrument.
You can also follow along with a piano, and we recommend color coding your keys with Chromanotes Stick Ons.
Note that Piano Prodigies IS NOT yet available, though the bell lessons are easily followed by piano as well.
Touch Sensitive Keys on Amazon
Colorful Stickers from Prodigies
Colorful Stickers on Amazon
Most of the rhythm lessons in Prodigies can be followed by tapping, clapping & stomping.
However, if you want to make it a little more fun, look for some of the popular kids percussion instruments listed below.
Remo Kids Drums on Amazon
More Percussion from RhythmBand.com
A standard in the music education classroom, all of our materials match the colors for Boomwhackers.
These musical tubes are great for large groups, movement activities, and playing 1 or 2 notes by yourself.