As a music teacher at a k-8 school, I find creating a curriculum for my middle school students to be challenging. Elementary students are more flexible and willing to try new things so I need something to make the middle school students excited for music.
My students want to learn instruments, but because I do not have a room I cannot bring them the usual band or orchestra instruments.
They love to work together once they feel like they are in a safe space where collaboration is appreciated, and I believe that this is the best way to get there. Not everyone is naturally a singer so this project will help those who are not vocally confident.
Most music teachers find middle school general music to be kind of a beast. Finding topics that help expand a student's musical understanding that they are actually interested in varies for every student across all grades.
Since my school does not own the middle school music curriculum, these ukuleles will really help my middle school scholars practice responsibility, patience, and diligence in developing a new skill.
Scholars will be able to practice at their own pace, learn their favorite songs, and write their own songs. Students who are not confident in just singing or who do not want to join the after-school band will have their chance to play on an instrument.
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