by Teresa Jennings, Paul Jennings, John Riggio, and Karl Hitzemann.
BoomwhackersÆ are fun! Kids love to play them and just can’t get enough of them once they have started. That’s why these tuned plastic tubes have become such a huge success in music classrooms all over the country. While they are great tools for learning in many ways, they are ideal for adding lots of spark and energy to a performance.
With that in mind, we’ve asked the creative writers behind Music K-8 magazine to work their magic on these eight new settings of great American folk songs. All of the arrangements are carefully structured to work with young players, and while all are designed to work with one or more sets of Diatonic BoomwhackersÆ (C Major or Bass), some arrangements offer the option for the Chromatic Add-ons or have optional second parts to include more players and expand learning possibilities. Also, some of the arrangements come with two different parts: one simpler and diatonic, and one more complex.
All of the songs are included on the Performance/Accompaniment CD, though some can easily be performed with just BoomwhackersÆ and simple classroom percussion. As you would expect from Plank Road Publishing, the recordings are of the highest quality, featuring world-class performers playing real instruments. Each song has a unique blend of traditional instruments, including a variety of guitars, Dobro, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, harmonica, bass, and strings.
This unique collection includes:
New River Train
My Horses Ain’t Hungry
Little ‘Liza Jane
Sweet Betsy From Pike
Hush, Little Baby
Ring, Ring The Banjo
What Do You Do With A Whacky Sailor?
Add more life to your classroom and to performances year-round with these very special arrangements. Your students will thank you for it with their joy and learning. And don’t forget: These great arrangements work well with any solo instrument, especially Orff and simple keyboard percussion instruments… and lyrics are provided for all songs!