simple method, devised by a classical guitarist, can be used to teach the
ukulele as a melody instrument. It builds on children's early vocal music
experiences using Solfa (do-re-mi) and time names (ta ta ti-ti ta) to simplify
understanding the ukulele. No experience playing a ukulele? No problem! With the
detailed online lesson plans, you can be playing in a matter of minutes. The
12-week unit includes 20 songs for the ukulele.
This unit is now available for use at the link U
is for Ukulele.
This unit is now available for use at the link U is for Ukulele.
can we extend the child's awareness of the singing voice to build a basic
understanding of instrumental technique for the ukulele?
Students will participate in group music making.
Students will demonstrate an awareness of rhythmic/melodic concepts.
Students will demonstrate an awareness of patterns in music.
4. Students will sing alone and with others with emphasis on pitch and production.
should have their own ukuleles, whether purchased by parents, on loan from the
school, or rented from a music store for the duration of this unit.
classroom environment with music stands and chairs is preferred. Students should
be seated two at each music stand, and the stands spaced so that the teacher can
walk easily among the students for tuning and individual assistance.
teacher should have the students for two thirty-minute classes each week for
twelve weeks. These classes should not be on consecutive days, but should be
scheduled a few days apart to allow time for practice at home.
number of students can be limited by logistical factors - availability of
instruments, for example. Another factor which should not be ignored is time -
it is not fair to your students to spend half of the class time tuning
instruments. How many ukuleles can you tune reliably in 5 or 6 minutes? With
practice and a good ear, it is possible to tune 20 ukuleles or more in that time
span. I have taught as many as 25 in a class, but find it both more enjoyable
and more effective with less than 20 students.
will be five types of interactions:
Tuning time - Students must remain quiet while the teacher very quickly tunes
all the ukuleles.
Teacher Performance Time - It is expected that the teacher will model the
correct techniques and perform the songs to introduce them to the students.
Group Performance Time - During this time, all students will play together as an
Practice Time - Students will work individually and in pairs to learn each new
song. The teacher will give guidance where needed during practice time.
variety of assessment methods are desirable.
teacher will observe students during practice time. Observation checklists are
useful to keep track of student participation and time on task.
teacher will assess individual progress during solo performances by students.
Rubrics are helpful in evaluating solo performances.
(Low "A") Ukuleles - one for each student plus one for the instructor
and six extras (you will need them when someone forgets to bring their ukulele,
or their ukulele needs adjustment, or needs a new string).
small screwdriver to adjust tuning pegs.
stands - one stand for every two students plus one for the instructor.
(without arms) - one for each student plus one for the instructor.
or music folders - one for each student, one for the instructor and six extras
(you will need them when someone forgets to bring their music).
tools - observation checklist, and rubrics
The full set of lessons is now available at U is for Ukulele.