Yesterday the Grade 4/5 classes dusted off our boomwhackers for a little end of the week fun. Boomwhackers are a RAINBOW of colors and notes that lead students to a pot of musical gold. They are tuned plastic percussion tubes that vary in lengths according to their pitches. We play by (gently!) striking almost anything: a table, the floor, your thigh or hand, a shoe. They are not only WHACKY and fun – these instruments are therapeutic and accessible for all.
This following activity hit many outcomes and skills in a very short amount of time.
We also learned about octaves. We know that the musical alphabet has 7 letters.
Once we get to repeating the pattern, that next note becomes the eighth note, which is an octave. One is the high and one is the low. When we add a special cap to the boomwhacker, we can create a high and low note that is exactly 8 notes apart.