At Pates they were chucked headlong into communal activities (mostly musical, even if you only played the triangle)
[rant] Excuse me! One field I perform in has a problem: some of the ensembles get dancers who are not needed in a particular dance to play percussion instruments. They have an assumption that everyone can bash an instrument in time. This proves so untrue - I've heard so many out-of-time and badly played percussion instruments from these groups that I now actively avoid them. Often the reason these dancers are 'available' is they are the weaker dancers partly due to poor rhythm.
Whilst there is considerably less training needed to play a triangle than an oboe, both can sound bad when played by the untrained. Percussionists have to train on a huge variety of instruments, each with very different techniques. For instance, playing a cymbal with a 'cello bow vs timpani vs marimba vs tubular bells vs latin percussion vs...
Pate's, along with all grammar schools, have peripatetic percussion teachers available to teach the whole range from timps to tuned to drum kit. [/rant]