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leon-524855recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialist

Ukuleles on Board! by Marty Gross & Sally Haines
Get on board! Using ukuleles in an elementary general music class can open new experiences for your students. These fun, accessible instruments encourage singing while promoting confidence and musical independence. Ukuleles also provide an additional way for you to observe student progress and assess musical understanding. UKULELES ON BOARD is a collection of sequential lessons that illustrate how teachers can use ukuleles along with other common classroom resources to create engaging, robust musical activities for students. Examples are provided for using ukuleles together with Orff instruments, recorders, a variety of percussion and even jug band instruments.

Each unit includes digital access to step-by-step projectable lesson slides so you can project all the visual cues your students will need. In addition to being easy to learn and fun, the folk songs used throughout the book provide students with cultural and historical connections.

The activities and concepts found in UKULELES ON BOARD are based on the National Standards for Music Education. The material has been field-tested in grades 2-4, but is also appropriate for fifth grade students new to the ukulele. This is a valuable guide to using ukuleles to support and enhance the music curriculum in your school.

Songs include: Are You Sleeping? (Frere Jacques!), Michael Finnegan, Buffalo Gals, Joe Turner Blues, Shalom Chaverim, I Love the Mountains, Little ‘Liza Jane, Hambone, One Bottle of Pop, Pay Me My Money Down, Let Us Chase the Squirrel, Go Tell Aunt Rhody, Old Joe Clark. Suggested for grades 2-5.

About the Author:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.

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