West Music Glockenspiel Review

I recently had the pleasure of reviewing the Basic Beat 12-Note Glockenspiel from West Music and I must say, it exceeded my expectations. Up until now, my experience with bells has been my toddlers toy xylophone and I think I vaguely remember being allowed to try playing them in music class when I was in elementary school. Let me tell you, I was impressed!

If you are looking for Classroom Instruments for your homeschooler, Co-op, or music class I recommend visiting West Music and checking out all that they have to offer. West Music is currently offering free upgraded shipping (standard to expedited) on orders placed December 17th to December 19th. 

My Review:

The instrument was shipped via UPS and was very well packaged to ensure no damage would occur. Below are the pictures of the 12-note colored bell set I received, complete with everything included: hardshell case with magnetic staff board on the inside cover, 12 magnets, 2 extra F# bars, 1 extra Bb bar, and two pair of mallets.

This retails for $39.95

*It is important to note that these instruments are not toys and can present a choking hazard to children under 3 years of age!

Since I play the piano, I had plenty of music on hand but due to the limitation of notes available I only played songs written in the keys of C, F flat, and G#. The F# and Bb bars are very easy to switch out and while they are not a vibrant bright color like the other bars, they still produce a beautiful chime. I tried each song with both pair of mallets and found that one set achieved a slightly more muted tone but both results were clear and beautiful. 

Here is a short video, which honestly doesn't do the instrument justice, but please keep in mind that this was recorded after only playing several songs to get the hang of it.


That was, "Twas the Night Before Christmas". While my technique needs work, isn't the tone of the bells beautiful? I am looking forward to learning to better play this instrument and using it in our homeschool music classes! After playing the 12-note, I now have my eye on the 25-note chromatic glockenspiel! I think that would actually be easier for me to play since it has both diatonic and chromatic notes.  Don't get me wrong though, I believe most people could learn to play the 12-note basic that I had the privilege of reviewing and in most cases would enjoy it! Visit West Music and see for yourself what a wonderful selection they have!

*Disclosure: I received this product for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.