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LUNCH AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM!

 

Welcome to The Ukulele Kids Blog!

UkuleleKids presentation clipWe inspire and encourage children to develop their musical skills and talents, and we want their experience with the ukulele to be fun and confidence-building.

Ukulele Kids Goes to Camp

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Encourage and grow children's musical skills and talents by bringing Ukulele Kids to your camp.

Why Summer Camps?

Camp is a great place for kids to learn in a nurturing environment. We all understand the importance of the Arts and performing. What better place to show off some newly acquired musical skills than at a variety show or campfire.

Why the Ukulele?

  • It's inexpensive, portable, quick to learn and easier to play than a guitar.
  • Kids can sing and play at the same time (unlike the recorder) around a campfire
  • It's a great way to learn camp songs and music from all over the world.
  • And by the way,****It's FUN !!****

How does the program work?

One of our professional instructor will visit your camp and in  50 minute sessions will work with campers in groups of 20. Through our discussions you can decide to choose which section, cabin groups or individuals should participate. Once you and I have agreed on the details such as date and times, the rest is up to us. We would even expect  the performers to do a song or two at the evening campfire that night!

Enrich your activity program this summer with a visit by Ukulele Kids to your Camp.

​The Ukulele Kids Teaching Approach

HolyFamilyUkuleleClassUkulele Kids teaches the ukulele primarily as an instrument to accompany singing, although we do some melody work as well. We teach chords from the very beginning and build on the students' knowledge of and facility with them as we progress through song material. Apart from the numbers in the included songbook, we hand out additional song sheets for educational purposes which increase the range of music we can offer - folk, pop, Disney and other musicals, standards, etc. Our goal is to have students playing and singing virtually from the start - by the end of the first class. While we are serious about teaching, we also want their experience with the ukulele to be fun and confidence-building.

Whenever possible we try to form classes by age group. Typical divisions are Primary, Grades 1-3 and Junior, Grades 4-6. At schools covering Grades 1-8 we tend to split the classes based on what makes sense according to the registration levels for each grade. With very large registrations we will tend to have more classes with narrower grade range for each. 

The choice of song material and pace of learning expectations are geared to the ages of the students in a particular class. School concerts are opportunities we embrace as they give the parents a chance to see what we've been teaching to their children as well as a venue in which the students can strut their stuff! They generally approach these events with great excitement and pride.

​The Ukulele Kids Teaching Approach

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The songs in the Ukulele Kids songbook are only the beginning. We have a large repertoire of material that we had out as individual song sheets. For the primary grades we start with songs that can be played with two chords and build from there, sometimes with more chords added to the same songs.

Fortunately, an abilty to play 4-06 chords opens up a good range of material to these younger students. Their progress at this stage is very age dependent. Six months can make a big difference. As we urge them ahead, keeping it fun is our priority.

With junior students we are able to progress more quickly and expose them to a wider variety of music. At the same time we provide more advanced teaching materials, additional chord charts for practice, an introduction to bar chords and variations on bar chord structures. With the wider range of song styles come different rhythms and strumming techniques. Juniors particularly enjoy playing fairly current pop songs such as I'm Yours, Stay With Me and Riptide. often with newer pop numbers we have to adjust a few lyrics to make them more appropriate.

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