R&L Education / National Association for Music Education (NAfME)
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978-1-4758-0415-7 • Hardback • April 2014 • $62.00 • (£48.00)
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Philip Tamberino is developer of the first known classroom ukulele programs in the New York metro area and teaches classroom, instrumental, and vocal music in public school.
PART I: Getting Started
What is the Ukulele?
Where Can the Ukulele Fit In Schools?
Why Include the Ukulele in Music Education?
2. Becoming Ukulele Literate
Getting Your Own Ukulele
Basics of Playing the Ukulele
3. Starting a School Program
What is Your Goal?
Making a Pitch
Funding and Parental Involvement
Guidelines for Student Instruments
PART II: Up and Running
4. Classroom Management
Setting Up the Room
Using Shared Instruments
Language and Terminology
Managing Student Behavior
Promoting Home Practice
Maintenance and Repairs
5. Introducing Students to the Ukulele
Accommodating (Special) Learners
First Session with Instruments
6. Technical Sequence
Strumming and Picking
Fretting and Related Techniques
7. Applications in Classroom Music
Reading Treble Staff Pitches
Matching Pitch While Singing
Recognizing Intervals, Chords, and Chord Changes by Ear
Illustrating Acoustic Principles and Music Theory Concepts
Accompanying Students in Dalcroze/Music-and-Movement Activities
Incorporating Ukulele into Orff Schulwerk Activities
8. Ukuleles in Performance
Promoting the Program
One- and Two-Chord Songs
Beginner Chords (modified)
150 Chords Diagrams with Fingering
Well written and better than most I've seen...a meaningful effort to promote 'ukulele education.
— Byron K. Yasui, ukulele virtuoso and professor emeritus of composition and music theory, The University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Philip Tamberino's guide to including the ukulele as a significant component of the school music program is comprehensive, inspirational and informative...a wonderful resource for all music educators.
— Victor V. Bobetsky, associate professor and Director of the Teacher Education Program in Music at Hunter College of the City University of New York
Thanks to Tamberino's teaching, I have successfully incorporated ukulele instruction in my methods classes with great success. Tamberino's text is full of practical ideas which will enrich your teaching and foster student learning. Hands-on learning at its best!
— Joseph A. De Leo, adjunct instructor and student teaching field supervisor, Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions, New York University
Uke Can Do It will prove to be an invaluable resource to anyone who is thinking of starting a ukulele program at their school. Phil has thought of everything—from gathering support and funding to accessible repertoire to final performances—and presented it in a friendly guide that will be useful to teachers just starting a program and to those who are already enjoying the instrument with their students. Starting a uke program is a big undertaking with even bigger rewards; Uke Can Do It makes it a manageable, guaranteed-to-succeed project for anyone who wants to give it a try.
— Rachel Knataitis-Dobbs, K-8 classroom music teacher in Rochester City School District, Rochester, NY
Uke Can Do It! provides everything music educators need to develop a ukulele program in their school, including...a guide for first time ukulele buyers, beginner instruction in how to play the ukulele. . . .strategies for proposing and outfitting a ukulele program, classroom management tips, scales and chord charts with fingering, and more.
— Music Educators Journal