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Ukulele in the Primary Classroom

Ukulele in the Classroom

What is Ukulele in the Primary Classroom?

Ukulele in the Primary Classroom is part of Fife Council’s Youth Music Initiative programme. The project gives class teachers the opportunity to learn to play the ukulele and pass this knowledge on to the children in their class. Teachers develop their skills and confidence through a series of twilight CPD sessions which run throughout the year. These sessions focus on increasing teachers’ own skills and on techniques for whole class teaching. Class teachers then work with their classes on a weekly basis, throughout the session, passing on the skills they have learned.

What took place?

In 2013-14, 53 teachers took part in CPD sessions to equip them with the skills needed to deliver the ukulele programme to their class. The pupils worked on their ukulele playing throughout the year, culminating in their attendance at ‘The Big Strum’, a mass participation event held in the Rothes Halls on 16 June 2014.

Who took part?

1,376 children in Primary 4, 5, 6 & 7 from 35 Primary Schools in Fife.

Length of project

August 2013 – June 2014.

Quotes/Feedback  

“The ukulele project has really made me tackle music head on and it has built my confidence up in teaching music - it was a subject I always shied away from the most.” - Primary 5 Teacher

“The children’s listening skills have improved dramatically since we started learning to play the ukulele.” - Primary 6 Teacher   

“It’s the most enjoyable CPD session I’ve been to!” - Primary 5 Teacher

“I love playing the ukulele. We have ukuleles in class but I asked for my own for my birthday so I can practise at home.” - Primary 5 pupil

“My favourite song is ‘One Man Went to Mow’ - it’s really fun singing and playing at the same time.” - Primary 5 Pupil

“The ukulele has so many benefits- it’s cheap to buy, easy to play, pleasant on the ear and a good size for children.” - Ann Rae, YMI Ukulele Instructor

More information

To find out more about the Fife Council’s Ukulele in the Primary Classroom contact Sandra Taylor, Music Co-ordinator at Fife Council.