This little exercise I wrote called 'Wipe-out' can be performed with stomps and claps away from instruments...but I think it would be more impressive if the percussion sounds were made on the instruments - as long as students are trained to be gentle and not hit instruments too hard.
When I was creating a percussion exercise for my students, I realized that many of my students would have a hard time reading the eighth rests and finding the off-beats. To make my piece accessible for many levels, I created parts that show the subdivisions in each measure. Students are to perform ONLY the notes which are black and must be silent on the gray notes. It teaches students how to sub-divide. It takes tremendous focus and concentration for students to only make sound on the black notes. Students quickly learn to follow the notes very carefully and a higher level of determination begins to encompass the entire class as they work to make the piece sound awesome. The piece is called 'Wipe-out' because it takes tremendous effort to only perform the black notes and not accidentally fall into the trap of playing a grey note.