Students at my school love and are very involved in music class. I teach all the students in my building in grades K-5, a little over 500 students in total. Students come to me once a week in grades K, 1, 2 and %, and twice a week in 3rd and 4th grade.
Our school is located in a very fast growing school district in Ohio.
Because of this growth, there is a need for classroom materials and instruments. Sometimes classes come as a whole class, and sometimes they come as a class and part of another. We also have two traveling music teachers at my building to accommodate seeing all students, and we share instruments.
Our kids love learning, are inquisitive and passionate about music and music instruction, and all students at our school learn to read and write music through singing games, playing instruments, dancing, composing, improvising and creating.
Students used to be able to learn guitar in fifth grade music class, until the instruments broke. Ukulele is a very accessible instrument for fifth graders because of its size and the ability for students to easily play chords.
I chose Kala brand ukes because they have a good reputation for longevity.
I plan to use them in the music room in a full unit where students learn to read and play chords, and even learn blues chord progressions, something in the fifth grade music standards.
The nice thing about this project is that it will touch every student in the school, as I will be able to use the instruments for years and years.
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