Ghost of John opens the door

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Ever since the custodians fixed my classroom door, it will not stay shut, unless you slam it. Whenever…

Teaching Upright Bass in Ukulele Class

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At my school, we have the fortunate problem of too many students interested in music and not enough teachers…

Can You REALLY Learn Ukulele in 20 Hours?

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  In his recent book, The First 20 Hours: How to Learn ANYTHING Fast, Josh Kaufman describes…

How I kept 28 5th graders engaged for 40 minutes on "3 Blind Mice."

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I'm now using online video lessons in my ukulele classes. The new online videos that are part of 21…

Keeping Pirates out of the Classroom

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In 21 Songs in 6 Days: Learn Ukulele the Easy Way and in my classroom, I use songs from the public domain…

Plan Ahead for Faster Learning: More Ukulele Practicing Tips

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In my last post,  Can You REALLY Learn Ukulele in 20 Hours?, I talked about some of the principles of…

Students are learning fast!

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My fifth graders have learned three chords: C, Am and F.  They can also sing and play 9 songs! Similar…

Somber A minor chord fits the mood of a gloomy day.

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My 5th grade classes have learned 6 songs on the ukulele so far: three in C Major and 3 in A Minor. The…

Ukulele Image Helps Students

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The fifth graders at my school got to start ukulele on Friday! Learning a good playing position is a…

Playing the Ukulele on a Lake Michigan Beach

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Our water is colder than in Hawaii, but it is still fun to play the uke before a long swim in the…