1.26.2012

ukuleles {i'm CRAZY}

Yes. I am that crazy teacher down the hall who is teaching her second graders how to play the ukulele.
I'm really sorry about the noise... It's just that we have to practice EVERYDAY...


Back 100 years ago {almost} I learned how to play the ukulele in second grade.
I am a little out of practice though, because my older brother turned it into an "electric" ukulele and claimed it as his own... So I guess you could say that I am learning right along side my second graders.


They are learning all these awesome chords and I am surprised at how much they have picked up already. 
The good news is that we only have to learn the G Chord and the D7 Chord to play most of the songs. 


They love practicing with their partners! These two cutie pies are playing Mary Had a Little Lamb.
You should hear the noise in my room while they practice, on their own, in small groups... it isn't exactly "music" to my ears! Ahh! It is during that time that I wonder what I got myself into...

We have only been playing for a few weeks, but they are already quite proud of their new ukulele talent! 
I am excited to see how much they improve over the next couple of months.

Do you play the ukulele {or any instrument} with your students?
What resources/lesson ideas do you use?

30 comments:

  1. I wish I could play ANY instrument but sadly I can't! :(
    ❤ Sandra
    Sweet Times in First
    sweettimesinfirst@gmail.com

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  2. I can't play any instruments but I bet your kids will never forget learning to play the ukulele in your class! A teacher friend of mine plays the ukulele and he plays it all the time for kids. They love it!
    Lisa
    Stories From Second

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  3. Waht lucky kids to have a teacher like you! Music is such a gift and to be able to play it on your own priceless!

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  4. Oh my word! You are too precious. I love this idea. Now...where can I get my hands on 22 ukuleles?

    I was thinking about having a class talent show and letting my students show off their amazing talents. Most of my students either sing, play an instrument, speak another language, dance...etc.I think it'd be a total blast.

    I love that you do this! Your kids must absolutely ADORE you. I mean, seriously, I can't think of a better way to "come together" as a group. TOO COOL!

    Once again, you ROCK!!!

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  5. So sweet. I know they are so excited about their new talent! No, I don't play any instruments with my kids, but we sing all day. My poor, poor next door neighbors! Ha!

    Hope

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  6. This post makes me love you so much! I just adore the idea that they are playing instruments in second grade. It will change them forever.

    I was hoping to teach my first graders the recorder this year, but I don't know where to get a hold of 16 of them. How did you fund yours?

    First in Maine

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  7. How cool! I love the Ukulele! I wish I knew how to play it...ok, I'd love to play any instrument. Ha. I'm so not musically-inclined though.

    How did you get enough Ukuleles for your class? I'd love to do something like that (teach students to play an instrument), but it'd never be allowed in the classroom here. It'd have to be part of music class. Do you have music class, or is that something you have to teach yourself? Sorry for all the questions! I'm just so intrigued! Your kiddos have an awesome teacher!

    Kayla
    Primary Junction

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  8. WOW, I am SO impressed that you are taking this on with your students!
    Jenn
    Finally in First

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  9. That. Is. AWESOME. I want to be in your class!!!!

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  10. You are such a fantastic teacher. I would have LOVED to learn the ukulele. What a fantastic experience.

    Ms. M
    Ms.M's Blog
    A Teacher's Plan

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  11. Wow!!! This is sooo cool! Playing ukuleles in class! Are they going to be doing a concert?!

    Erin
    Creating & Teaching

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  12. Oh my word! How fun- you must be much braver, nicer, more patient, etc. etc. etc. than me haha! I bet your kids LOVE playing their instruments!

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  13. Such cute ideas!!! Check out our blog for lots of FREEBIES and classroom photos!!! We have some new groundhog and Valentines day activities on there!!!

    www.k1teachingbesties.blogspot.com

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  14. This is adorable.
    How many of these do you have? One for each kiddo?
    I do not play an instrument with my kids. But we sure do sing and dance a lot. :)
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

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  15. Wow, you are brave and are probably the world's most patient person. So cute!

    The School Supply Addict

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  16. I wish I had the opportunity to do this in class! Sadly, I don't think my administration would approve. I'll live vicariously through you. Maybe someday... In the meantime, I just sing every silly song I know and have lots of music in the background.

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  17. Adorable! We have recorders in our room:-) Not sure which noise I would enjoy more.

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  18. I just want you to know what wonderful memories you are creating with your students. I have very vivid and happy memories of my third grade teacher playing the auto harp with us each day. She would play and we would sing songs along with her. (And at least you didn't pick the recorder...I had a teacher neighbor select this one year in our open plan school; like nails on a chalkboard!).

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  19. My great uncle plays the ukulele and has for about 75 years! I have fond memories of the music in his home.
    What a great idea!

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  20. Love this! I tagged you in a post by the way! Go to my blog @ www.classyconfessions.blogspot.com to see the post!

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  21. I'm sending your blog to one of my dearest friends who teaches elementary music and would LOVE to teach her students how to play the Uke. Hers is titled Boomwhackers and Lipsmackers. http://hannahnomiddlenamelea.tumblr.com/

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  22. I am so excited to read your post! I play the uke and you have inspired me to write a grant to get some for our kiddos! I have lots of questions for you. If you would like to email me my address is laurenjperson@gmail.com
    1. How do you teach them to play? Do you have a certain book or program?
    2. I think your ukes are tuned differently than mine. The chords you posted were labeled differently, but I recognized the positions. Did you choose to tune that way because its easier to teach?
    3. Where did you buy your ukes and what kind of shelving is that you have them on? It looks like a great way to store them.
    4. How do you keep so many in tune?
    5. Since you taught 1st last year, do you think it is something I could do with my firsties? Or do you think 2nd is the earliest they are ready?

    Thank you so much for the info!! I appreciate it!

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  23. What materials did you use with the students? My vocal director and I were looking at getting ukeleles for our classes. I had taught guitars for my student teaching using the Essential Elements books but obviously those do not exist for ukes!

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  24. I have been blog stalking you for awhile and now the ukuleles is making me a follower. Love your ideas.

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  25. I would love to do this when I finally get a classroom of my own. I echo some of the same questions previously posed: Any particular reason you are teaching students to play an instrument (i.e. teachers are responsible for specials at your school)? Just hope I am hired at a school where this kind of creativity is encouraged! :)

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  26. I'm from Hawaii (although live and teach in Montana now) and I play for my kindergarteners daily. It's my "magic flute" in the classroom and I can always rely on it to bring smiles to our day. Thanks for sharing - can't wait to hear more.

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  27. Wow, My husband just sent me this link. He was very surprised to see someone else using the D6 tuning. We have been teaching ukulele in our schools for over 20 years now and it is definitely something the students enjoy. All 4 of our children are accomplished musicians, and they continue to play as adults. 3 of the 4 are teaching ukulele as well. Our daughter has started a Little Ukers program and has written 2 books for young children. My husband has written many songs and arranged others for our honor groups. This all resulted from someone introducing us to this little instrument at a workshop 25 years ago.
    If you are looking for materials, I have some classroom chord charts in my TpT store http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Ukulele-Chord-Charts-D6-tuning
    You can also check out our ukulele website http://www.bcukulele.org/Pacifica_Ukes/juniorb.html to see what is happening in Campbell River with ukulele.
    Ukuleles are a great instrument for young children because they are easy to handle and little people aren't afraid to try things with them. Congratulations for sharing this gift with your students.

    Charlene/Diamond Mom
    www.diamondmom'streasury.weebly.com

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  28. where can I find a cart like the one you are using to store ukuleles? I would love to have one for my classroom

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  29. would love some info on your ukulele teaching... what kind and where did you purchase your instruments

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thanks for the love ♥

 
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