These musical tubes are brightly colored and easy to play. Groups can "rumble," create simple ostinatos, learn songs, and build songs.


You can draw a color coded notation for secret songs for the group to play together while listening and racing to figure out what the song is.

Boomwhacker Conducting: A group lines up with different boomwhackers, and a leader conducts the indidivuals to play, creating a song!

Craig Ramsell (2005) published a Boomwhacker handbook,  including the use, several techniques, and the following Boomwhacker activity ideas:

Boppin': Playing the Tubes with mallets, etc. (Boom O Phone - B O P, bop!)

Carvin' the Air: Executing really cool moves with your Tubes while Whackin.

Cruisin': Experiencing the Groove while Boppin' or Whackin.

Cuttin' Loose: 1. Doing your own thing. 2. Lots of people doing their own thing, mostly Smackin' (in other words, not keeping a beat).

Duelin': Whackin' with one or more other people and producing rhythmic sounds by striking each others' Tubes.

Flashin': Creating your own conspicuous, advanced rhythmic pattern on top of a group Groove.

Groove: The magical space you enter when you're Boppin' or Whackin' by yourself or with others and experience the flow of the rhythm you're making.

Howlin': Producing any kind of vocal sounds while Whackin.

Jammin': Boppin' or Whackin' with one or more other people playing the Tubes (or other instruments).

Shakin': Simultaneous Whackin' and dancing of any form.

Smackin': Playing your Tubes without any rhythmic purpose. (See Whackin')

Tube Jam: The act of Jammin' with only or mostly the Tubes.

Tubes: What everyone automatically calls the Boomwhackers Musical Tubes (because that's what they are!).

Tubular: Of the nature of the Tubes (in other words, very cool!).

Wailin': Simultaneous Howlin' and Shakin'.

Whackin': Playing the Tubes and keeping a beat! (See Smackin')


Music K-8 collects many greats ideas for using Boomwhackers.


Ramsell, Craig. (May 2005). Gettin' Whacky: A Mini-Handbook for Using Musical Tubes in Facillitated Group Events. Retrieved from

Further ReadingEdit

Fulton, Kat. (July 29, 2010). VIDEO: Introducing Lady Gaga to Boomwhackers. [Web log comment]. Retrieved from lady-gaga-to-boomwhackers/


James E. Riley, MT-BC