I must admit...I'm not a huge fan of Boomwhackers. In my mind, they're the musical equivalent of whacking a stick against a tree, and I'm pretty sure I did that a lot as a kid. Don't ask me why.
The rest of that post featured my tips for using velcro to store my Boomwhackers. This storage method has lots of benefits, which you can read more about by clicking here. This topic was requested by one of my readers, so I decided to expand on my previous post to include a few more storage options available for Boomwhackers:
This option is brought to you from a reader who commented on my original Boomwhacker post. Sadly, I can no longer find the original comment due to this. So, thank you anonymous reader (whoever you are) for this fantastic idea!
Any sturdy (think hard plastic or rubber) hamper or garbage bin is a great option for storing and transporting Boomwhackers, particularly if you get one with wheels and a solid handle. This would be a great option for those of you who teach from a cart. The only drawback I see is that the instruments won't be organized by pitch, and the smaller tubes will fall to the bottom of the bin. However, it really depends on the size of bin you purchase, and you could always attach a tote to the handle to store the smaller tubes.
Pinterest has a flood of ideas for creating your own instrument storage devices, most of which feature magazine files, upcycled coffee cans, cardboard separators, and plastic buckets. If you're looking for a summer project involving Boomwhacker storage, click here to get started.
The following are some important questions to ask yourself before deciding on an instrument storage device:
How easily will the storage device and/or instruments tip over?
How easily will students be able to grab their own instrument?
Will the students be able to stay in line as they get their instrument, or will it be a large blob of grabby hands?
Will the students be able to easily put the instruments back in the correct place?
Will all students, regardless of height, be able to reach the instruments?
Will the storage device be in a high-traffic area?
Will an instrument avalanche occur each time they're taken out?
Can they be stowed away quickly?
Will the instruments maintain their quality in the storage device you've chosen?
What is the most important question you ask yourself before organizing and storing instruments?
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