Sunday, September 11, 2016

Ukulele club

Here's some of what's happening:

  • We had our first meeting of ukulele club this past week.  It was at lunch time and right outside the lunch area, where everybody has to walk past.  We had some glitches but we had 5+ kids stop by and do ukulele stuff (6 if you count a guy who came in the last minute and 7 if you count C).  So, not bad.  We had a total of five ukuleles and that's just about how many I'm willing to tote around (we own a sixth one, but it was far, far away in the music room).  The 7th and 8th graders and the high school instrumental music class kids are the most interested, I think.
  • The upperclassman who came by at the last minute brought a ukulele and two of the kids who participated have ukuleles at home (one a souvenir from Hawaii), so I think that demonstrates solid interest.  A lot of the kids also have other music experience.
  • My job was to bring ukuleles in cases, electronic tuners, some books, arrive before lunch time, check in at the office, set up, and assist however necessary (answering questions, offering a handout, etc), and then haul everything away.  C helped tune everybody up and did a little bit of instruction.  We didn't have a lot of time.
  • We hope to do this once a month this year.  We'll see how it goes--there's the possibility of going to twice a month if C has the time and if there's enough interest.  This does have potential for being very nice college admissions fodder for C, but C herself finds that a sordid way to look at it.     
  • I've been pretty derelict with regard to school volunteering the last few years, so it was really nice to be able to record one hour of volunteering for me and one for C.
  • I have ordered two more Hal Leonard Ukulele Method 1 books for future meetings.  This meeting was valuable to get a sense of what kind of skill level and interest is out there--the answer being, a variety of beginners.  C is thinking of teaching them Frere Jacques next time.  (She did manage to teach it to D this summer.)  She also wants to teach them how to read tab, which will be very, very useful.    
  • Meanwhile, I'm hoping that by Christmas, she'll be able to teach some simple Christmas carols or songs.  As it happens, I own a ukulele cookie cutter and a palm tree cookie cutter, and it is my intention to bring gingerbread cookies to the December meeting.
  • So many plans!

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