Well I am glad you did ask.
When children hear a few well known and lively tunes played on a ukulele their interest is caught and they are eager to learn more. Excitement builds once they get to hold the instrument and find that its size and weight are perfectly suited to their needs.
- Children love the ukulele and the fact it resembles a mini guitar
- With a small size and four strings it is much easier to play
- It is easy to play their first chord and they all strum along for a whole song just minutes after they first held the instrument – immediate gratification
- The children can sing along while playing
- A child’s self confidence is boosted by ukulele lessons
- They are very proud of their achievements
- It is unusual, great fun and has good playground / street credibility
- It is easily carried around
- Ukes are relatively inexpensive
- Soft strings and quiet sound make it an extremely friendly instrument for the children to play
- If they buy their own instrument they can practice quietly at home or on holiday - parents can easily understand and help their children with practising
- It is impossible not to smile when faced with a ukulele.
With the help of the uke the child grows in self confidence as an independent musician as their musical ability grows. Their reading and listening skills are also being exercised.
- The uke is a good leveller and great for teamwork – often children will stop playing to help a neighbour who is struggling in class
- Students realise they need to practice individually to be able to perform the song the group is learning.
- If they are struggling with a particular chord, they can be carried by the rest of the group.
UKES ARE FUN!!!