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The Best Musical Instruments to Use in a Montessori Classroom

So much can be taught and learned when musical instruments are included in a Montessori environment.  Montessori music toys provide such an amazing sensory experience.  

The hard part is deciding what musical instruments are appropriate for a Montessori setting.  

Today I'm sharing my recommendations for the best musical instruments to use in a Montessori classroom.

These Montessori music toys all fit the following criteria:

  • All instruments are made from natural materials.  
  • They are child sized for little hands.  
  • Most are played using hands instead of the mouth to minimize the spreading of germs.  
  • They're proven to withstand the test of time.

The Best Musical Instruments to use in a Montessori Classroom

The Best Musical Instruments to Use in a Montessori Classroom

Not only do the instruments meet the criteria above, but they're also great for other reasons!

Montessori Music Toys on a Budget

If you're on a limited budget and don't know where to start, these musical instrument sets are the perfect way to go.  

All are small and easy to store.  

All other sets are made of solid wood and absolutely beautiful!

Melissa & Doug Band-in-a-Box Clap! Clang! Tap! 10 Piece Musical Instrument Set 

Melissa & Doug Band-in-a-Box Hum! Jangle! Shake! 7 Piece Musical Instrument Set

Melissa & Doug Band-in-a-Box Chime! Whistle! Jingle! Set

Hape Kid's Wooden Ukulele

Musical Hand Bells

More Musical Instruments to Use in a Montessori Classroom

More Musical Instruments to Use in a Montessori Classroom

My children are blessed with a grandfather who's known as the "Music Man" of our town.  He collects musical instruments of all kinds. 

Whether we're visiting his home or he comes to ours, the kiddos have so much fun playing instruments he's collected.  These instruments are our favorites and small enough for any little hands to enjoy.

Hape Happy Harp Kids' Wooden Musical Instrument

Rhythm Band Steel Band Cowbell

Remo Kids Percussion Floor Tom Drum

Thai Teak Wood Traditional Music Instrument Wooden Xylophone

Coconut Kalimba Thumb Piano

Tabletop Chimes Educational Musical Toy Percussion Instrument

And More Musical Instruments to Use in a Montessori Classroom

And More Musical Instruments to Use in a Montessori Classroom

Just in case you don't have enough musical instruments to choose from already, here are some more!

These instruments I've found to be particularly wonderful to have on hand, whether we're studying a continent or a special needs kiddo needs extra support through a lesson where musical instruments would be appropriate and beneficial.

Plan Toy Solid Wood Drum

Hohner Kids Percussion Blocks

Wooden Kabasa Hand Shaker

Hip Bongo Drums

Wood Frog Tone Block

Wooden Maraca Egg Shakers

If you have not invested in musical instruments for your Montessori classroom, I highly recommend it.  Children love them, especially when movement is incorporated into their use.  I know my kids' education would not be the same without them.

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The Best Musical Instruments to Use in a Montessori Classroom


  1. earning music is not a separate lesson in the day but it is a natural and integral part of classroom life. The Montessori music curriculum easily meets the minimum outcomes of the Board of Studies Syllabus.

    1. Yes, you are correct in your thoughts. However, when following the child there are some children who crave more music in the classroom and/or at home. For these children, adding more musical instruments and lessons to the existing curriculum can be very beneficial. This is especially the case with some children with special needs.