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Basic Beat is West Music’s exclusive brand of percussion instruments and accessories designed with the educator in mind. Because West Music has developed and sources the products directly from manufacturers, it allows us to offer quality instruments at an affordable price. Basic Beat products provide the perfect balance of quality, price, and performance for music-making in the classroom and beyond.    

The History of Basic Beat 

The Basic Beat brand was developed over 25 years ago by West Music. Our internal product consultants saw the opportunity to curate a line of quality instruments built for music educators and their students. An additional goal of the brand was to create a line of instruments at exceptional prices. The reason for this was to pass the most savings possible directly to schools, institutions, and individuals. The next step towards creating Basic Beat was to set out to build strong connections with prominent instrument makers in Germany, India, and Asia. Once those key elements were in place, production of the Basic Beat brand began!   

The Basic Beat Line 

The Basic Beat product line falls into four categories:  unpitched/non-pitched percussion, pitched percussion, mallets, and percussion accessories.  Whether you’re looking for a specialized effect to grab the attention of your students or an Orff table stand to hold your xylophone, West Music has you covered!

Unpitched/Non-Pitched Percussion

Pitched Percussion


Percussion Accessories

How are Basic Beat products chosen? 

West Music’s education consultants evaluate and consider each product in the Basic Beat line based upon a wide variety of factors. Some examples of these include: 

  • Requests from our customers 
  • The product’s application in the classroom 
  • Needs in music therapy settings  
  • Requirements from general consumers  
  • Quality of construction materials 
  • Sound quality 
  • Affordability

Basic Beat Guarantee 

When you choose Basic Beat branded products, each item includes a 1-year replacement warranty. West Music takes pride, care, and consideration while creating quality products at affordable prices. This all with superior customer service!  Please note, we are here to help! We invite you to check out the full line of Basic Beat products here:   

If anything detrimental should happen to your Basic Beat instrument or accessory, if you are not fully satisfied with your Basic Beat purchase, or if there are any product defects discovered within the first year; we are happy to exchange it for a replacement item or credit your account for a future purchase.  Please note: All exchanges and/or replacements are subject to approval.  All you need to do is give us a call at 800-397-9378 or email to complete the process. 

In summary, West Music actively listens to the requirements of educators and the needs of their students, clients, and participants.  We actively seek out quality materials that are friendly to their budgets.  Each product undergoes a comprehensive quality control testing process at our manufacturing facilities and then again by our education consultants.  West Music places ourselves in the educator’s shoes while critiquing each Basic Beat instrument. When we say we break a lot of products before they reach your hands, we truly mean just that!