Boom Whackers

Barbara Riley said: Jul 14, 2016
Barbara Riley
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
3 posts

Has anyone used Boom Whackers in their group lessons? If so, what did you do?

Paula Bird said: Jul 15, 2016
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

Yes, we’ve used it. We try figuring out how to play the Twinkle Songs. Perpetual Motion is fun. I’ve seen funny skits at institutes with faculty doing Gossec’s Gavotte. The keys don’t have to be the same as the violin songs. The kids love these!

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Kay said: Jul 15, 2016
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
7 posts

Sounds cool, I work in a group setting and am always looking for fun ideas. Can you tell me more about them, what are they? Kay

Kay Woods

Paula Bird said: Jul 16, 2016
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

Sure! You can find them on Amazon here. This is an affiliate link (no additional cost to you, but this provides a benefit to me and my blog and podcast if you use this link).

These are plastic tubes that are cut to particular lengths to correspond to particular pitches. There is a diatonic set (C major scale) and there are chromatic sets and treble extensions as well. All cool.

We basically use the diatonic set. Most of the early violin book 1 songs take place within an octave. It doesn’t matter to the students what key they are on. They play by ear. You, the teacher, will know how the notes work.

Anyway, we stand in a circle and each student has one boomwhacker. We arrange ourselves according to the scale pitches’ order. Then we play a song. Sometimes I have to direct traffic (point to the student who gets to play next), and it’s fun when we mess up! The students whack the tubes against the side of their legs. Some students use their knees (ouch?) and some are crazy enough to try their head (really?), but I try and discourage that.

When the students get good, you can see if they will figure out when they are to play rather than have you show them when it’s their turn.

Sincerely,

Paula Bird
teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
teachsuzuki.com (Teach Suzuki Podcast on iTunes)

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Barbara Riley said: Jul 16, 2016
Barbara Riley
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
3 posts

Thanks, Paula! Good suggestions. I’m off to the next Suzuki Institute with my Boom Whackers. I know we’ll have a great time.

Kay said: Jul 16, 2016
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
7 posts

Thank you!

Kay Woods

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