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  1. #1
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    Dec 2009
    Upper US

    Default School Uke program

    Our local elementary school (Grades 4-6) added a uke music program this year. My wife works there, and volunteered me to play for the 6th grade uke class soon. I'm emailing the music teacher now, asking what she would like for the session. Any ideas for some current pop songs that might be easy, fun & appropriate? I'm sure the kids would have more fun with those, rather than Tin Pan Alley ditties. Other ones that might work are Over the Rainbow, 3 Little Birds, maybe a seasonal holiday song.
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  2. #2
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    Nov 2015
    Upper Hale, Surrey/Hants border, UK.


    The basics of this ditty came to me as I was lying in bed at about 3am one morning - you're welcome to take it, to add a bit of fun.
    Just add some simple chords to strum as you speak the words of each verse.

    Ditty 8 - On The Farm

    Down on the farm
    Cockrels are a crowing
    Hens are a laying

    Sheep are grazing
    Rams are ramming
    Sheep are lambing

    Cows are a chewing
    Bulls are a bulling
    Cows are calfing

    Farmer's got a wife....
    They've been at it
    All their life

    It pays the rent
    Farming that is....
    What do you think I meant!
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2016
    Twin Cities Area, Minnesota


    Can you tell us more about the method the teacher is using?

    And we have lots of suggestions in the play along videos. See my website ( for the lists...well over 300 songs now.
    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.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2010


    I would probably consider a few things. Depending on the school and the kids, I might stick to non religious pieces and go with more seasonal pieces. Perhaps some fun folks songs. I am not sure what current pop might appeal to them or would be appropriate or playable. I might choose some older pop stuff, maybe 60's 70's, Beatles or other. Let us know what you decide on and what works out.

  5. #5
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    Sep 2013
    Arizona, USA


    I would imagine they will give you about 15-20 minutes. During that time you will want them to get excited about playing the uke so I would play something that will grab their attention. That would be something that would sound great on the uke, fit your abilities well and shine. Only you could choose that.

    Then, I would do fun songs that they probably would know and encourage them to sing along. Nothing gets kids more excited than participation and enthusiasm.
    Remember that most kids are comfortable with the key of C.

    Here are some great.

    Your A Grand Old Flag/Yankee Doodle

    You Are My Sunshine

    Do Your Ears Hang Low

    Don't Worry, Be Happy (2 or 3 verses with Choruses)

    I did this song with a group of kids. They hadn't ever heard it before but each time I came to the chorus they sang along and loved it!
    Dead Skunk In The Middle Of The Road

    And then if it's in December I would end with -

    Rodolph The Red Nose Reindeer
    Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.

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