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Uke Can Do It! Developing Your School Ukulele Program by Philip Tamberino

Uke Can Do It! Developing Your School Ukulele Program


Uke Can Do It! Developing Your School Ukulele Program by Philip Tamberino

Affordable, versatile, portable, and popular once again, the ukulele is an ideal instrument for lifelong music making that can also be an engaging component of school music programs. At the elementary or secondary level, students can use the ukulele to explore everything from music theory, improvisation, composition, and ear training, to repertoire that includes contemporary popular music. At a lesser expense than any other instrument which can do as much, the ukulele is perfect for breathing fresh air into any music program. Uke Can Do It! provides everything music educators need to develop a ukulele program in their school, including: * A guide for first-time ukulele buyers * Beginner instruction in how to play the ukulele * Play lists of ukulele music by top performers * Strategies for proposing and outfitting a ukulele program * Classroom management tips * Support for use with special learners * Learning sequences in ukulele technique * Ideas for classroom use and performance * Scales and chord charts with fingering


Uke Can Do It! provides everything music educators need to develop a ukulele program in their school, including...a guide for first time ukulele buyers, beginner instruction in how to play the ukulele...strategies for proposing and outfitting a ukulele program, classroom management tips, scales and chord charts with fingering, and more. Music Educators Journal Well written and better than most I've seen...a meaningful effort to promote 'ukulele education. -- Byron K. Yasui, ukulele virtuoso and professor emeritus of composition and music theory, The University of Hawai'i at Manoa Philip Tamberino's guide to including the ukulele as a significant component of the school music program is comprehensive, inspirational and informative...a wonderful resource for all music educators. -- Victor V. Bobetsky, associate professor and Director of the Teacher Education Program in Music at Hunter College of the City University of New York Thanks to Tamberino's teaching, I have successfully incorporated ukulele instruction in my methods classes with great success. Tamberino's text is full of practical ideas which will enrich your teaching and foster student learning. Hands-on learning at its best! -- Joseph A. De Leo, adjunct instructor and student teaching field supervisor, Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions, New York University Uke Can Do It will prove to be an invaluable resource to anyone who is thinking of starting a ukulele program at their school. Phil has thought of everything-from gathering support and funding to accessible repertoire to final performances-and presented it in a friendly guide that will be useful to teachers just starting a program and to those who are already enjoying the instrument with their students. Starting a uke program is a big undertaking with even bigger rewards; Uke Can Do It makes it a manageable, guaranteed-to-succeed project for anyone who wants to give it a try. -- Rachel Knataitis-Dobbs, K-8 classroom music teacher in Rochester City School District, Rochester, NY

About the Author

Philip Tamberino is developer of the first known classroom ukulele programs in the New York metro area and teaches classroom, instrumental, and vocal music in public school. Visit the author's web page for Uke Can Do It! at

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Publication date

15th April 2014


Philip Tamberino

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Rowman & Littlefield Education an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield


124 pages


Techniques of music / music tutorials
String instruments



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