Keeping Pirates out of the Classroom

by | Oct 15, 2013 | Ukulele Beginners, Ukulele for Kids, Ukuleles In General Music, Ukuleles In School | 0 comments

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


  • I want to teach my students to respect intellectual property laws. While my orchestra is playing Pirates of the Caribbean,”  I bought that piece.  I did not steal it.
  • Public domain songs teach our common American Heritage of folk music. We have become a multicultural society; learning these songs is a nice way for newcomers to learn our heritage. I have many immigrants in my classroom. It’s also a great way to support English language learners.
  • These songs are classic and many are timelessly funny.
  • Many great composers have quoted folk music throughout time. After all, Mozart wrote variations on Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.
  • Public domain songs tend to have appropriate lyrics for all age learners 



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