Set of 7 bass diatonic Boomwhackers. This set of Boomwhackers extends your range - middle C comes with the regular diatonic set (item 200346, available separately), and this set continues down 7 more notes to C below middle C. These plastic percussion tubes are played by (gently!) striking almost anything - a table, a chair, the floor, your thigh or hand, the side of your shoe... whatever! Different surfaces can produce different sounds, but always the same musical pitch. Includes 7 pitches, starting at C below middle C; a different color is used for each pitch:
low C (red) D (orange) E (yellow) F (light green) G (aqua) A (violet) B (fuchsia)
Best Answer:It really depends on if you want all of the students to be playing boomwhackers at the same time or if you plan to integrate them with other instruments. If you want all of the students to be playing at once - and you have 20 students - I would suggest you purchase at least 2 of the 8 piece C to C set and one of the Bass Diatonic set. If you can afford 3 of the 8 piece set that will give you more flexibility. I used my boomwhackers in an outdoor concert we did at my school last spring. Each of the small groups had to create a piece specific for the environment they chose to work in - for example I had one group that chose to create and perform a piece for the play structure, another group chose to work with the recycling center dumpsters and another chose to take the boomwhackers onto our nature trail to create a boomwhacker piece using the trees and ground to play against. Our audience members where given a map of where all the pieces were located on campus and enjoyed moving from one piece to another. Peggy Benkeser from Cliff Valley School in Atlanta
Hi Sally, I have boom whackers in my K-2 classroom, and use them for a variety of activities. The Bass set is fun to have, but I have found that the older my students are, the more tempted they are to use them as "swords" or other imaginative weapons. Another option to consider is purchasing the regular, one octave diatonic set and some octavator caps (which lower the sound one full octave). The number of ways you can use these fun instruments is simply innumerable! I have several Boom Whacker books and a great CD titled, "Boom Whacker Games", by Bradley L. Bonner. Good Luck! Robin
If you are able, I would buy two sets of the regular ones, two sets of the chromatic so you aren't held at just one key and then two sets of the bass diatonic sets. Even though you are only have 20 students, it's nice being able to have one for every child. Of course, budget can be a restriction. You could also purchase the "octave caps" that can go on the regular set in order for the boomwhacker to be lowered an octave. That would save some cost.
I enjoy mine and the students love them, including middle school students!
Just like any other instrument, if you don't have enough for your kids you'll have to take turns. The thing with boomwhackers when you start playing pieces and get out of the exploratory things, some kids won't play that much during the piece. When I first purchased them, I only had a few and rarely pulled them out b/c it was harder sharing them (it can be done!) But now that I have a wide range and enough for my kids I make color coded charts for programs with my younger ones and play melodies with my older students.
I purchased 2 sets of the diatonic Boomwhackers, the bass diatonic set and a set of the Octavator caps to use with my classes. I've found that the Bass Diatonic set is a little to large and flimsy to use with my 5th grade students, so I use the Octavator caps to extend the range. I've added traditional percussion instruments in ostinato patterns to make sure everyone is included even if they're not playing the Boomwhackers.