PagasusThe Pegasus is a beautiful sounding, resonated metallophone made of anodized aluminum bars.  The Pegasus is a hefty metallophone made with twenty-three resonated aluminum bars in the key of C Major and A minor. This instrument resonates like a gong. The color is Silver & Green

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The Mechanics of Sound: How Freenotes Instruments Work

How do Freenotes Instruments work?

Freenotes Unique Designs Deliver Perfect Tone Forever

Appealing to All Ages and Abilities


Everyone can play Freenotes, regardless of musical training, and can step right into improvisational play with other players. No other system of musical instruments can offer this – especially to a novice. Freenotes are an ensemble of real musical instruments with distinct pure tones that blend into soothing sounds.  These percussion instruments are xylophones, chimes and marimbas that are perfectly tuned and  make musical expression accessible to everyone.

Of the wide variety of Freenotes instruments, each is designed around a fundamental system that is effective regardless of the final shape or size. Drawing upon years of experience with music theory, practical experience and an analytical mind, Richard Cooke (inventor of Freenotes) creates unique instruments that ensure a successful experience playing music from the very first note.

All Freenotes instruments are in the category of percussion instruments because they create a sound when hit with a mallet.  Most designs contain an air cavity (resonator) that amplifies and sustains the sound when struck.

Freenotes designs incorporate four, simplified musical principles that ensure not only a player’s success, but their enjoyment and satisfaction, as well as those listening nearby.

The Simplified Tonal System

Each instrument has a different combination of a few notes that work together – creating harmonious and complementary notes.  The simplified tonal system ensures that a satisfying combination of tonal qualities is achieved, regardless of shape, size or material with which the instrument was made. It is what allows for untrained musicians to improvise beautiful music, played totally by ear.

The Ergonomic Design

Very simply stated: Freenotes are designed to be easy to play. With the large scale of the Ted X
instruments, hand-eye coordination will either come naturally, or is easily developed, for people of all ages. Players see a note, aim with the mallet and strike. Each instrument has a unique mallet that is designed to produce the fullest sound from each note. The instruments are placed at an optimum 30-degree angle, for maximum ease of play by children, adults, elders and people with physical and cognitive challenges.

Various Types of Sound Quality Achieved Through Form and Materials

Freenotes musical instruments come in assorted shapes and sizes and are made from different materials in order to achieve the variety of tones . For sound quality and durability, most Freenotes are made from aluminum and fiberglass.

The sculptural instruments include: tuned bars, resonators, chimes, drums and bells. Tuned bars are flat pieces mounted over a resonator that vibrates when the note is struck. Chimes are long cylindrical tubes that hang in the air. Drums are long hollow cylinders, tuned to a specific pitch, with heads that are struck either with a mallet or an open hand. The bells are convex shaped, reminiscent of big mushrooms. Different tonal qualities are created by varying the dimensions of the tubes, bars and bells. The note will be pure and full when the bar is struck in the middle or on the end.

Some of the larger instruments, specifically the Pegasus, Glass Imbarimba and Swirl, have a Major pentatonic scale on one side and a corresponding Minor pentatonic scale on the other side,  This exclusive Freenotes feature allows for easy change from one scale to the other). In addition to fun musical exploration, it is useful for music educators to teach their students about Major and Minor scales.

Another very important feature of the design is that the tones are sustained for five seconds or longer. Players can hear the harmonies that are created as they strike the different notes; they don’t have to play fast. Playing is more gratifying because the sound lasts longer.

Building a Sound Sculpture

Freenotes are designed for durability.  They require minimal to no maintenance. With regular
use, they retain “like new” condition and the sounding elements never go out of tune. Additionally, the materials and construction methods are designed so the instruments sound good over a wide range of temperatures. Proof of the durability and longevity is in the numerous outdoor Freenotes installations that date back  16 years. Even exposed to constant severe weather, in places like Moab, Utah, the Freenotes still sound like new.

These four musical principles come together in Freenotes, resulting in individual and group sound sensations. A solo instrument is perfectly satisfying. Or, complex and exquisite combinations of tones can be created by having individuals play various instruments at the same time – similar to the way all the instruments in an orchestra come together to form one cohesive beautiful piece of music.

These principles combine to form the real reason Freenotes instruments “work”: they are just fun to play. They demystify and make musical expression entirely non-threatening. The instant gratification and total success that is achieved (by literally everyone who plays) builds self-confidence that spills over to many other areas of life. It encourages freedom of expression in whatever endeavors a person chooses to pursue. Freenotes encourage active participation in life as opposed to being a spectator. Creating beautiful music is not reserved for highly trained musicians – it is available to everyone.

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Listen To The Instruments




Contrabass Chimes


Flower Collection




Lilly Pad Cymbals

Manta Ray



Pagoda Bells







Tenor Tree

Tuned Drums

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Merry – NEW! We have recently updated the MERRY to include two embedded slots that securely hold mallets, keeping them off the ground and readily accessible for musical playing. This bright sounding instrument makes a melody with its lyrical voice.  It is a smaller version of the Pegasus and one of our best-selling original Harmony Park instruments.  Color is Green.

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Premium Collection

Premium Collection

Premium EnsembleEveryone can play Freenotes regardless of musical training and anyone can step right into improvisational play, solo or in a group. This collection of five real musical instruments delivers maximum pitch range with texture and pure distinct tones that blend into soothing sounds.  This collection includes Contrabass Chimes, Swirl in Orange, Imbarimba in Yellow, Pegasus in Green and the Tuned Drums. Drums are available in either Rainbow or Green bases with one of 2 color molded drum caps: Moss or Taupe.

NO Substitutions for this price saving package. Ask your distributor about pricing.

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Installation Guides / Product Sheets

“If you’re interested in getting 2D/3D CAD files for all our instruments, please click on the link below and you will be able to choose from a variety of formats. You will also be able to “drag and drop” these files into any CAD design you’re working with.


2D/3D CAD Files on CADdetails Website

Installation Guides & Product Sheets

Flower Installation and Product Sheet

Harp Installation and Product Sheet

Serenade Installation and Product Sheet

Aria Installation and Product Sheet

Cadence Installation and Product Sheet

Contrabass Chimes Installation and Product Sheet

Duet Installation and Product Sheet

Imbarimba Installation and Product Sheet

Griffin Installation and Product Sheet

Lilly Pad Cymbals Installation and Product Sheet

Manta Ray Installation and Product Sheet

Melody Installation and Product Sheet

Merry Installation and Product Sheet

Pagoda Bells Installation and Product Sheet

Pegasus Installation and Product Sheet

Piper Installation and Product Sheet

Rhythm Installation and Product Sheet

Swirl Installation and Product Sheet

Tenor Tree Installation Guide

Tuned Drums Installation and Product Sheet 

Yantzee Install & Product Sheet


Collection Recommended Layouts

Starter Collection Recommended Layout

Deluxe Collection Recommended Layout

Premium Collection Recommended Layout

Sculptural Collection Recommended Layout

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Dowling Elementary finishes phase 2 of accessible playground

The actual work on the playground was divided into three phases. Phase 1 is complete. It included Harmony Park, where outdoor instruments are available for the kids to perform on. It also provided swings and rear course pavement. Read More

Freenotes Harmony Park is as a “Colorado Companies to Watch”

Colorado Companies to WatchFreenotes Harmony Park joins a select group of Colorado companies recognized as a Colorado Company to Watch. This selection acknowledges the company’s hard work and success represented by the creation of jobs, revenue growth, expanding into a larger facility and the company’s contribution to business development in the state. Colorado Companies to Watch honors second-stage companies that develop valuable products and services, create quality jobs, enrich communities and create new industries throughout Colorado. The year-long program is hosted by the Colorado Office of Economic Development and the Edward Lowe Foundation.Our business demonstrated fast and high revenue growth with evidence of sustainable growth. Making music fun, easy and accessible to the public is visionary. Making the instruments durable enough to withstand rigorous use and the natural elements makes them truly inspirational and influential in motivating people to pursue playing music. The product innovation is far beyond other outdoor instruments. All instruments play together allowing for group play thus building and enriching communities. We are the next generation of outdoor musical products. Because our outdoor instruments really allow people to express themselves musically, Freenotes Harmony Park is the industry leader worldwide giving us a sustainable competitive advantage.”We started commercializing this company three years ago with a belief in our products becoming a national brand. I am pleased that the contribution of all of our employees has resulted in being awarded a Colorado Companies to Watch,” states Erich Bussian, CEO.Durable acoustical designs created by Grammy Award-winning musician, Richard Cooke, expand the possibilities of creative sensory play in outdoor environments. Universal in nature these real musical instruments allow physically or mentally challenged people to play alongside healthy ones. They are perfectly tuned and allow both musicians and non-musicians to have a satisfying experience of playing music from the very first note.Colorado Companies to Watch ( is a unique statewide awards program recognizing growing companies that fuel the economic fire of the state. Colorado Companies to Watch honors companies that develop valuable products and services, create quality jobs, enrich communities and create new industries throughout Colorado. The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade launched the program in 2009 in conjunction with the Edward Lowe Foundation, and valuable sponsors, key drivers, community and supporting partners, as well as volunteers from across Colorado.


Weenotes Are Here
WeenotesInstantly you get it – the power these instruments have to unlock creative expressive play through music. These new instruments play together and any combination of notes are pleasing. The Weenotes package is also new this year offering a price incentive with preset colors in desert tones of Sage, Deep Purple, and Hazel Nut.These compact instruments are the toughest we have ever built with aluminum resonators replacing the previous ABS designs. The side edges are sheathed in aluminum as well making them virtually indestructible. They occupy less space and they require less budget too, making them attractive on many levels. Stands come in two sizes either standard or preschool. Surprisingly delightful, these interactive art sculptures work as educational tools to challenge the imagination by stimulating creativity. Freenotes instruments make it possible for everyone to create beautiful music. Piper – This is an eleven note resonated xylophone with fiberglass bars. Evolved from a classic Freenotes design the fiberglass bars provide a contrast in tone to the other two instruments made of aluminum. It’s a great instrument to play improvisational rhythms. The standard color is Hazel Nut.

Grif_20130328IMG_0231Griffin – This is an eleven note resonated metallophone with natural anodized aluminum chimes. The warm tones linger for 3-5 seconds. It’s like finger painting with sound. The standard color is Sage.



Merry_20130328IMG_0237Merry – This is an eleven note resonated metallophone with the bright melody in its lyrical voice. This instrument is patterned after one of our original bestselling members of the Freenotes family. The standard color is Deep Purple


Weenotes are coming!
WeenotesThese half-size instruments are some of the toughest we have ever built.  They occupy less space and they cost less too.  Instrument stands are available in 2 sizes, Standard and Preschool.  Over the coming week, we will be posting detailed info on our website, in the “Products” drop down.
In the meantime, here is a peek!



New Catalogs – shipping now


Freenotes Harmony Park just selected as a 2013 “Colorado Company To Watch”
Congratulations, Freenotes Harmony Park, Inc.!
You are a Colorado Companies to Watch winner!

We are thrilled to announce, that Freenotes Harmony Park was just selected as a 2013 “Colorado Company To Watch”. The official winners will not be posted on the “Companies To Watch” website until later this summer.  However, we wanted to share this exciting news, as soon as we found out.  We could not have done it without you!  Thank you, to our customers, distributors, and supporters.


New Distributors outside the US

We are very pleased to announce several new Distributor locations outside of North America.  Any of the companies below would be happy to work with you on your Harmony Park Instrument project implementation and installation.

Australia – Playscape Creations

Chili – Urban Play

Israel – GilGal Ltd.

India – Green Build Infra

New Zeland – Playcape Creations

Singapore – RetroMax Pte Ltd.


You can find more information on them and many others on our Distributor locater.



I Drum Therefore I Am…
…Intelligent: Drumming is found to improve concentration and focus. Also, studies reveal that playing percussion instruments strengthen children’s math and literacy skills.…Physically and Mentally Active: Drumming increases your heart rate and blood flow. It also stimulates the left and right side of the brain simultaneously.…Connected to
the Earth:
“Drumming directly links humans with the vibration of the Earth by slowing the brain waves to around 8 cycles per second, the same frequency as the planet” (Feathers, 1995).PublicInstallationsThumb2


Crested Butte Resort and ski area

Crested Butte Resort-music-garden-ribbon-cutting   Trail Head Children’s Museum unveils a hands-on musical experience:

The hills are alive with the sound of music, thanks to a brand new public installation by the Trailhead Children’s Museum.  On Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 The Trailhead Children’s Museum, unveiled their newest exhibit, the outdoor Musical Instrument Garden. Located outside the current Trailhead facility in the base area of Mt. Crested Butte, the Garden includes five permanent outdoor musical instruments made by the company Free Notes Harmony Parks, with a weather station, weaving station and outdoor garden underway. The Board of Directors has graciously made the exhibit open to the public with a suggested donation for those not entering the Museum.


Bright Horizons Centers
      Freenotes Harmony Park Outdoor Musical Instruments are being installed in 7 Bright Horizons Centers in Atlanta, Santa Monica, Austin, Chicago, Berkley, Cary, NC, and Massachusetts. Beautiful Music made Simple.


Start Here

Our new video “Start Here”  will give you an overview of Freenotes Harmony Park.


Instrument locations – World Map


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Music Lives Here
Sedona Visitors Center“I’d been looking for something here to enhance our visitors’ experience, so I said absolutely yes,” to Freenotes


Bi-Monthly Newsletter
Feb_New_FHPStay inspired by the creative world of Freenotes Harmony Park by signing up for the electronic newsletter. Our next issue will be released on April 17th. Be a part of this beautiful community by signing up today! To subscribe click


Sales – Tools, Training, and Presentations
A key factor in selling people on Freenotes Harmony Park instruments is knowing how to talk about them. So, we have developed and want to make available to you our sales kit.  Webinar training and sales presentation, aimed at informing key decision makers. These unique tools, along with our website, ensure all questions can be answered 24/7.


Improved Drum Caps
new drum caps  Our drum caps are no longer painted!  A new process permeates the color throughout the cap – no more chips or scratches.


Imagination Station – Randolph, Massachusetts

Congratulations to Premier Park & Play
imagination_station_rudolph_mass_thAfter two years of planning, the town of Randolph now has a new playground at Imagination Station.


PACE Grand Opening

The Town of Parker, Colorado is committed to its public art program demonstrated by the Grand opening of PACE.


New Brochure for 2012
Freenotes Harmony Park has released its 2012 Product Brochure and it’s not just for playgrounds!


Product Improvements
Mallet Redesign The new mallet system replaces the previously swaged loop at the end of the mallet handle with an attachment housed within the mallet handle itself.


F.H.P. the featured business of the month for SWCO SBA
Girl playing freenotesFreenotes Harmony Park is the featured business of the month in the SBA  Southwest Colorado Small Business Development Center Newsletter.Below is a reprint of the article:

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Prince Philip Playground Committee Gets Boost
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March 09, 2011

Yesterday, PotashCorp announced a $140,000 donation to the Prince Philip Playground Committee to complete the fundraising efforts of the local committee to build a new wheelchair accessible, sensory-stimulating playground at Prince Philip School.

To recognize PotashCorp’s gift, the playground has been officially named “PotashCorp Playground.”

“Recreational spaces and programs play an important role in building strong and healthy communities,” said Bill Doyle, President, and CEO of PotashCorp. “The new PotashCorp Playground at Prince Phillip School will be a one of a kind play area for families and children of all ages and abilities to enjoy.”


Jackson Square Park playground

UPDATE – 5/28/11  Jackson Square Park has Won the “Rotary International Significant Achievement Award”.  Last week we heard the great news!  We were one of 143 Rotary Club Projects in the World to earn this special award!


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Contractors worked in “harmony” to build a playground project. Local construction companies also collaborated with the Rotary Club and the Park Board. On-site planning helped recruit other contractors and provided several workers.


Boundless Playground in Shreveport, LA
Boundless Playground in Shreveport, LA #1Boundless Playgrounds can be found in 21 states and in Ontario. By year’s end, 11 more are scheduled to open inMichigan, along with others in Shreveport, Louisiana, Kingsport, Tennessee, and Hartford and West Hartford, Connecticut. Dozens more are in development.


Discovery Playground at Auburn’s Les Gove Park
jgdfjfgjTaken from the Auburn Reporter – Jun 24, 2010

City and community leaders officially will open Discovery Playground, Auburn’s innovative state-of-the-art barrier-free area, in a special ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday, part of the Parks, Arts & Recreation’s annual KidsDay festivities at Les Gove Park, 1005 12th St. SE, Auburn, WA.  The 32,000-square-foot playground and sensory garden are the result of a large-scale $300,000 community fundraising effort.


Making music together (The Recreation Landscape)

The following article is extracted from “The Recreation Landscape – Summer 2010 – Issue Nine”, the newsletter of General Recreation, Inc.


Henrico wins national award for Harmony Park
Clerk, Board of Supervisors
PHONE:   501-4318
July 7, 2010Henrico wins national award for Harmony ParkHenrico County has received an Achievement awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo) for their Harmony Park outdoor musical classroom – Virginia’s first – located at Colonial Trail Elementary School, featuring weatherproof instruments from Freenotes.


Freenotes Extends European Presence with the signing of Portuguese Distributor Play Planet
  play planet team.jpgFreenotes announces the signing of a distribution agreement for the Portuguese market.


Congratulations Horninglow Primary School
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Freenotes Shortlisted for ERA Award
ERA Finalist

Harmony Park Freenotes  shortlisted for
Supplier of the Year ERA Award


Bring Music to your Playground in 2010
Freenotes Outdoor Musical InstrumentsWhy Freenotes make ideal outdoor play equipment

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Back to school with a bang!

Why not enjoy Freenotes in 
your playground this term


Pro-Urba exhibit Freenotes in the Jardin des Tuileries Louvres

Freenotes are exhibited in Paris


Freenotes change Alan Titchmarsh’s view on Chimes


Freenotes feature in Courtyard Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show


Freenotes arrive in Spain
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Dunannie School opens new Outdoor Sound Garden

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Freenotes’ Paris Debut
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NEW Freenotes from Fahr Musical Panels
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Freenotes enter Europe
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Striking the right note
Teaching music is about so much more than learning to play an instrument. Recent research carried out by Freenotes confirms the general belief that there is a direct link between better music teaching and a step-change in how our children could and should be developing. Freenotes Harmony Park explains how outdoor musical instruments can provide a way of interacting through spontaneous creative expression.pegasus_rk-1.jpg


Special Needs London 2008

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See us at TES Education 2008 – Stand D58
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Freenotes join the gold rush!
Spurred on by Team GB – Freenotes have themselves struck gold by winning the Gold Stand Merit Award at IOG Saltex on our very first year of exhibiting.
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Glastonbury – The Piccys
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Glastonbury – Freenotes in the kidzfield!
Freenotes will be making their own sweet music at Glastonbury this year.amadinda (above) - glastonbury 08.jpg


Freenotes – Ideal Home Show 2008
Its the final week of the show – come and play!dsc00479.jpg


Freenotes at the Ideal Home Show
Come and see Freenotes Harmony Park for yourself at Britain’s biggest annual event for the home and garden!lady pegasus.jpg


Early Years & Primary Teaching Show
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Freenotes on Teachers TV
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Official Freenotes Launch
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Great feedback from youTube!
After making videos to show off the instruments, the youTube community responded with quick feedback!eye chimes (17).jpg


Jammin’ on the Flying Amadinda!
A group of kids at a recent Freenotes Harmony Park gathering at Rake School, Liss showed off their rhythmic skills together on the Flying Amadinda. Read more to see and hear them in action.
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Freenotes Europe Launch 2008
Freenotes will be launched at The Education Show NEC Birmingham 28th Feb – 1 March Stand E54. Come and hear them for yourself!child - pegasus.jpg
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