I teach in a smaller suburban school, closer to the rural side. Our distance from a larger town or city, as well as our lower socioeconomic status, keeps many of my students away from cultural opportunities.
My students are like sponges, soaking in any new experience I offer; they just need opportunities made available to them!
Interest in the arts and willingness to make an effort are there, but the children just don’t have the background or life experiences.
Music class offers such chances, and opens their eyes to a world beyond.
Using ukuleles in the classroom is a growing and successful trend in music education. They are a relatively inexpensive, appropriately-sized, portable instrument that offers favorable outcomes.
The use of ukuleles teaches numerous musical concepts, including pitch, rhythm, harmony and expression.
They allow all students to experience success and pride in accomplishment, which leads to a desire to learn more and continue music studies. Study after study has proven that learning to read music and play an instrument aides in other academic areas as well.
Most importantly, playing ukulele is fun! A student of elementary age that is successful and enjoys making music is more likely to be a music maker and include music in their lives forever.
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