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Thread: Grade School Ukulele Club Songs

  1. #1
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    May 2012
    Salt Lake City, UT

    Default Grade School Ukulele Club Songs

    As we're heading back into the school year, I'm looking at what we're going to play in the uke club I help with at my kids grade school, and I'd like some suggestions.

    We are a Christian school, and have done both sacred and secular music. The students range from 3rd to 8th grade and have a wide range of musical talent.

    Last year we played "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing" and the Ukulele Underground version of "Stand by Me". For Stand by Me, we also had a student uke-bass player, one of our students doing the uke solo and a student violinist taking a solo as well.

    I'm looking to identify a couple of uke-friendly sacred songs, one sacred and one secular christmas song, and for our spring concert I'd like to do something fun and kind of classic for uke.

    What should I be looking at both in songs and arrangements?
    Blackbird Clara
    Concert Flea
    Pono MB
    Deering Goodtime Banjo Uke (concert)
    Gold Tone Resouke
    Hadean Uke-Bass
    Gold Tone Microbass
    Deering Goodtime Special (5-string banjo)

    Buckle Up

  2. #2
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    Jan 2009
    Florida Space Coast


    Last edited by PhilUSAFRet; 08-11-2017 at 02:39 PM.

  3. #3
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    Mar 2014
    Ames, Iowa


    Do Lord is a good one. I like it and kids like it. Basic open chords. That's a good one, because you can skip a few chords and still get through the song, then add them later to spice it up a little.
    I don't want to live in a world that is linear.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2016
    Twin Cities Area, Minnesota


    I am also a music educator using ukulele, in the context of choir. I don't want to be negative here, but a simple Google Search of "two chord songs" "one chord songs" and "ukulele songs for kids" will pull up hundreds of songs for you to work with. The good news is that most of the simple songs are based in the folk tradition, and are generally "clean," although some of the folk songs do have a very dark side.

    Furthermore, a lot of traditional hymns have very basic chord structure and can be reduced to three or four chords.

    Even a search on this website for "two chord songs" and "three chord songs" will be likely to generate content.

    As for arrangements--meaning ensemble work for ukulele (and sometimes other instruments), that is a bit more rare and something you may have to create yourself to meet your needs. I'd recommend the work of Paul Marchese ( who is also here on UU, and also the work of M. Ryan Taylor ( in this area of work.
    Playing ukulele since January 2016.

    Have you participated in the thread, "How the Ukulele Found You?" If not, please consider adding your story--they are just fun to read.

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