It’s instrument time in music class! Yesterday we began Ukuleles in 5th grade. Some information about what we will be doing: We are going to be learning Ukes in a similar way Root students learned recorders; Ukulele Karate! This means they will be moving at their own pace through a series of tests. I will give them the information they need in class, as well as time to practice. At the end of the week they will be able to test for a belt (or more if they are ready!). There is also the option to test online if your child has a uke at home. More on this in a future post. We have ukuleles at school for each child to practice on during music class. They are not the best in the world, but they will work for now. Since we have 12 ukes the kids will share during class with a partner. There is no need to buy your child a ukulele, but if you are interested here are the two I would recommend:Lanikai LU-21– this is the uke I own and I love it!Makala MK-S– or any makala (even the dolphin bridge models!)These are a bit more expensive than the traditional “toy” ukulele, but they will stay in tune, which is essential for a beginning musician. The Makala ukuleles come in a variety of colors and styles and have a plastic body so they may be better for the more accident prone children in your life. 🙂 We will be learning using the Jumpin’ Jim’s Tips and Tricks method book and all the tests will be out of this. Please let me know if you have any other questions! I’m looking forward to making some great Ukulele music with the 5th grade!