Ukulele in the Classroom: Teacher Book 1


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Ukulele in the Classroom Teacher Edition Book 1
C6 Tuning (g, c, e, a)
By James Hill and J. Chalmers Doane
Spiral-bound book
54 pages

The Ukulele in the Classroom series is a performance-based ukulele method through which students explore elements of music including melody, harmony, rhythm, form, tempo, dynamics and tone. The skills developed include singing, picking, strumming, ear training, sight-reading and music theory. Exercises and repertoire are arranged to accomodate many levels of skill simultaneously.

This hands-on, performance-based ukulele method includes:

  • Traditional music from around the world
  • Popular songs
  • Classical and Baroque melodies
  • Creative skill-building exercises
  • Singing, picking, strumming and more!

The series can be used in a wide variety of settings - classroom, private music studio, group instruction (camps, clubs, retreats) or individual study at home. The primary purpose of the series is to engage students in a process that develops musicianship and positive attitudes toward music.

Book 1 begins with an emphasis on melodic teachniques to allow coordination of the left hand to develop methodically in order to ensure a relaxed technique and to avoid potential injury. Singing is crucial and most of the arrangements in Book 1 include lyrics.

Unit 4 introduces chords and strumming, although there are chord symbols included for most of the pieces in the previous units.

The Teacher Edition includes chords for all repertoire as well as a chord reference chart. Each student page is also shown in the Teacher Edition. The music selections are recorded on a CD, item 852895. The Student Book 1 is item# 838423.

There are also Student Edition Book 2 item# 838425 and Teacher Edition Book 2 item# 838426 in the series.

Introduction, Overview, Standards and Assessment, Classroom Organization and Management, Teaching Strategies and Concepts, Parental Support, Terms and Conventions Used in This Book, Additional Resources

Unit 1: Getting Started
1. The Open Strings
2. Open String Melodies
3. The Pentatonice Scale
4. Safari
5. Rocky Mountain
6. Acadian Lullaby
7. More Melodies
Unit 1 Review

Unit 2: The C Scale
8. The C Scale
9. All Night Long
10. Lavender's Blue
11. Carnival of Venice
12. C Scale Intervals
13. More C Scale Songs
14. Wiegenlied
Unit 2 Review

Unit 3: The F Scale
15. The F Scale (Part 1)
16. The F Scale (Part 2)
17. Johnny on the Woodpile
18. Au clair de la lune
19. Long, Long Ago
20. Donkey Riding
21. In the Bleak Midwinter
22. Auwe Ke Aloha E
Unit 3 Review

Unit 4: Chords: C, F, and G
23. The C Chord
24. The G Chord
25. Shortnin' Bread
26. El Tortillero
27. The F Chord
28. Ev'rybody Loves Saturday Night
29. Lukey's Boat
Unit 4 Review

Bonus Lesson: The Flower Drum
Book 1 Chord Chart


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Looking for a method book to teach Ukulele in 7th and 8th grade.
Aron S on Jul 14, 2012
Looking for a method book to teach Ukulele in 7th and 8th grade.
Aron S on Jul 14, 2012
Is this appropriately geared toward Middle School students who are new to instrumental music?
A shopper on Jun 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: yes, this is geared towards students that are new to music.

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