Category Archives: Pedagogical Thoughts

Videos: The Year In Review

I just looked through my YouTube channel, and it has been a busy year.  I attempted my first two lyric based play along videos shortly after meeting Dr. A at the Maryland Music Educators Association Conference. While I had other videos throughout the year, my main focus was to add to the library of songs …

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The Goals of Music Education

One of the reasons that I fell in love with the ukulele is that I saw groups of people getting together to sing and play (ukulele jams).  Many of these players were not musicians earlier in their lives.  Admittedly, most of these groups (in the United States) are made up of retired people, as they …

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A Good…and Bad…TED Talk Involving Ukulele

  For some reason, this TED talk came to my attention today.  It is by Josh Kaufman, and it talks about learning anything, and how any basic skill can be learned with about 20 hours of practice (unlike the 10,000 hours that are required for mastery).  He learned the ukulele to prove his point. If …

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What Chords Should You Learn?

I just wrapped up a mini-project that will continue…tracking the repertoire available for ukulele in the Dr. Jill Reese style of ukulele play along videos. I just re-worked the list to reflect the actual videos that are available, as well as to show an abbreviated listing of the chords needed in each arrangement. At the …

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Slowing Down & Speeding Up YouTube Videos

I am starting to work on a wickedly hard ukulele play along (I’m not saying what it is yet), and I realize that even the best players are going to need to stop and take a look at some of the chord before being successful. Most elementary programs will not be able to tackle this …

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30 Ukulele Play Along Videos in 30 Days

As with most music educators, the end of the school year, following the last concert, is an easier time of the year.  Not with classroom management, perhaps, but that was particularly true for me this year.  Instead of trying to find worthwhile activities for the last days, we went back to ukuleles and played through …

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Chordette: Chord Charts for Ukulele and Other Instruments

While I now host most of my ukulele posts at my ukulele site (ukestuff.info), there are times where music education technology and ukulele interact with each other.  Today’s focus is an example of that interaction.  This post will be double posted (on techinmusiced and ukestuff) for that reason. As I have written about in the …

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Now the fun begins…January through March

I divided the first three months of our school year between sight-singing (S-Cubed Method), singing, and ukulele.  With the ukulele, the students only learned C and F chords.  When you only meet every other day and have ten minutes or less on an instrument, it is amazing how slow things go (particularly with some classes of …

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