Teaching Music with Rainbows, Wood Flute and Penny Whistle Comparison





Playing music with rainbowed colored notes is a way for children to play music independently when they are in the pre-literacy stage, and unable to identify musical notes by letter. In rainbow music, the holes on the flute go in the order of the rainbow, as do the notes on the scale, making learning to read music connect in a visible way! To teach rainbow music, simply color in the music notes on the sheet music so that when the child plays, they'll know what hole to cover.

Click on the images below for our free rainbow music key printouts!






Care
The penny whistle requires very little maintenance. It is small and durable and can be taken just about anywhere. If it does get dirty, the penny whistle is easy to clean and disinfect.

Playing
The penny whistle is just right for tiny hands to hold and for little fingers to cover up the holes. The mouth piece is ergonomic and makes playing the penny whistle natural to small mouths. The penny whistle has a full scale of notes so that a greater variety of songs can be played on it.

Cost
The penny whistle, like its name, costs pennies! It's very economical.

Sound
Light and lively!







Care
The pentatonic flute is made of beautiful pear wood. It needs to be oiled at least once every two weeks.  Oiling the flute is simple and the oil smells pleasant. The flute comes with a cleaning rod to apply the oil inside the flute, but the special flute oil is a separate purchase. We don't see how it is possible to truly disinfect the pentatonic flute, which makes these an expensive personal instrument. Another factor of care is the tone block (that is the tiny piece of wood sticking out just below the mouth piece). This small piece of wood allows for fine tuning, however it can easily be broken or lost.

Playing
The wood flute has an extra hole on the backside that must be covered to play all notes besides e; which can be difficult to master. The spacing of the flute's holes doesn't conform to small hands, it's fit is more for adults. The child must stretch their hands to play and this can feel a bit awkward, for children who have limited patience/coordination this could be an issue. To show you what we mean, this is the proper fingering for playing the pentatonic flute. As you can see, the right middle finger and left ring finger simply rest on the wood, (this isn't the most natural feeling) and as you can see the hands do have to stretch into an unnatural position to play. 
On the other hand, the pentatonic flute having  less scale range  (E, D, B, A, G, E, D), makes music playing for beginners easier, as being scaled pentatonic all the notes sound harmonious together.

Cost 
These beautiful flutes are fine crafted and, as one would expect, finely priced at about $100.

Sound
Earthy and warm. 


Which one gets our vote?

We love both, but if we had to choose just one...






ENJOY!