Have you ever thought of getting a ukulele course for kids? There is now one available! Today I’d like to introduce the Ukulele Course for Kids from Raising Da Vinci. I have looked through the whole course, and you are going to love this!
Ukulele Course for Kids:
What you get is a 45-page book (in pdf form). It’s beautifully formatted with photos! It starts with an introduction to the ukulele and illustrations telling you what all the parts are, how to tune it, how to strum, and then some basic music theory (staff, treble clef, barlines, measures, time signatures). Page 5 gives the first lesson: strumming practice. Then, there is a 4-question quiz to review what they have learned so far.
Next, we begin to learn about how to play specific notes by placing the fingers of the left hand on the strings. There are photos showing when to put your fingers in relation to the fret. Then, we begin to learn how to play chords (the C chord to start with) and there is music to play with that chord plus a quarter rest. I love that there is a little lesson to learn how to draw a quarter rest and put them on a staff!
Now, it’s time to start playing songs. Most of the songs in this introductory course will be just playing chords while singing along. Along with learning the song with the book, there are also videos for each that show you how to play it and how to sing it. I’m sure kids will love playing along with the videos!
Here are the songs included in the course that the kids will learn to play:
- Three Blind Mice
- Skip to My Lou
- London Bridge
- Merrily We Roll Along
- When the Saints Go Marching In
- Yankee Doodle
- Hot Cross Buns
- Ode to Joy
- Jingle Bells
- Largo (from New World Symphony)
- Good Night Ladies
- Ode to Joy
- Michael, Row the Boat Ashore
- and others
One of the best things about this course is its comprehensive nature. There is more music theory than I mentioned above scattered throughout the rest of the book, and worksheets to be filled in. Two great activities that are included are suggestions on how to put on your own concert and how to write your own song, complete with blank staff paper!
I highly recommend the Ukulele Course for Kids. It’s unique and such a wonderful way to get younger kids started on learning a musical instrument. They can start on the ukulele when they’re in elementary school and move on the guitar when they get bigger. Or, they might decide that they love the ukulele and will want to stay with it!
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(Disclosure: Thank you to Amanda of Raising Da Vinci for providing the course so that I could write this honest review. This post contains affiliate links.)