View Full Version : Kala Drawing to Give Away Ukuleles Schools in the US

03-22-2018, 04:35 PM
If you know any schools looking for ukuleles, here is their chance:


Graham Greenbag
03-22-2018, 10:15 PM
I think that it’s great that Kala are both able and want to help schools in that way.

Of course there are a lot of factors for them to consider and they have a business model to make work for them too. I play and love Kala products, but what’s a bit saddening to me is that I don’t hear of such a similar supportive stance from Kala in the U.K. - it could be there, but if so I’ve not heard of it. That’s not ment to be a negative comment in any way but rather one of encouragement (if needed) to Kala to remember other schools and other places where they sell their Ukes too.

03-23-2018, 12:45 AM
To be fair, Ukulele programs in schools in the United States are still a rather recent development and often are the result of an individual teacher’s efforts versus any type of larger movement. Yes—Doane started his work in the 60s, but that was in Canada. When I went through my undergrad (early 90s), elementary music methods included guitar, recorder, and drumming. The ukulele wasn’t even discussed.

Kala [and the other brands] has [have] a huge market for ukulele in the education programs in the United States (I have sent applications to them twice in hopes of becoming an education specialist) that is wide open. My belief is that kids who learn ukulele at school will want one at home, and they’ll often want what they use at school—and what the teacher recommends. Kala used to donate Waterman models (we have 40 that were gifted by Kala in 2016)...nice to see the KA-15 models this time around.

03-24-2018, 01:34 AM
Thanks for that. Interesting. If they get kids started with Kala, they will tend to stay with Kala, and they certainly have lots of model available. I have the Waterman and a slotted headstock cedar tenor.

" The Kala KA-15S is the most popular ukulele in the world..."

03-25-2018, 05:46 PM
Thanks for posting this. The Hillsborough County school system is interested, so I sent the link to their contact.

04-09-2018, 01:48 PM
Have the schools been announced? I showed this to our music teacher and he applied.

04-11-2018, 03:40 PM
Kala just posted this on Facebook...

The selected school's of our most recent KA-15S school giveaway are as follows:

Elizabeth Shier - Academy at C. F. Thomas Elementary- North Richland Hills - TX

Sarah Bamford - Chester Park Elementary School of the Arts - Chester - SC

Valdez - Fairview Elementary - Denver - Colorado

Jacqueline Garcia - Halle Hewetson Elementary - Las Vegas - Nevada

Erin Stover - Hicks Elementary School - Inkster - MI

Jillian Comrie - Island View Elementary - Anacortes - WA

Darlene Favenir - John A. Murdy Elementary School - Garden Grove - CA

Meagan Armstrong - Mendoza Elementary - Las Vegas - NV

Amy Harles - Mill Creek Elementary School - Independence - MO

Christopher Johnson - Mount Baker Junior and Senior High School - Deming - Washington

Lauren Finney - Propel Charter Schools - Braddock Hills Pittsburgh - PA

Jill Courtney - Summit Elementary School - Bloomington - IN

Angela Haberstorh - Townsend Elementary - Florissant - MO

Laura Bassani - Waverly - Albany - Oregon

Krista NoŽl Hardman - Weimer Elementary - Dunbar - WV

Elizabeth Ciganek - Woodbridge Elementary School - Catonsville - Maryland

Christina Flateau - Woodsville high school - Woodsville - NH

Victoria Fernandez - Five Points Elementary - Lake City -Florida

Ellen Beebe - St. Benedict Catholic School - Garfield Heights - Ohio

Joanne Matibag - Cesar Chavez School - Oxnard - CA

Thank you to everyone who participated in this giveaway, it will not be our last. We wish that everyone could've been a recipient. The winners have all been contacted so if you are on this list keep an eye out for an email from us.

04-11-2018, 03:42 PM
On a related noteóif these schools are in your area and you host a club or would be willing to volunteer (initial set up!), contact those teachers!