From early in 2011 I decided to form two ukulele groups at the school that I teach at. The junior group has members aged 5-8 years of age; and the senior group has members aged 9-13 years of age. A key motivator for kids is being able to watch themselves perform. Watching themselves allows kids to see where they’ve played well, and where they could improve. Another motivating factor for kids is having an audience beyond their classroom mates to perform to. As a result we have performed to our local community and hosted performance videos on Youtube to share our playing with a world wide audience.
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A school production is a great place to share a school ukulele group’s playing abilities. Recently, Kapiti Primary School held their school production and the school’s junior and senior ukulele groups both performed. Members of the junior ukulele group range in age from 5 to 8 year old. They have been playing for five months.
The junior ukulele group led by Richard Bamlett played:
Row Your Boat
Found a Peanut
Five Little Monkeys
They played great – good job! Watch their performance below:
At Kapiti Primary School we also have a Junior Ukulele Group. They range in age from 5 to 8 years of age. They are all beginners too, but I’m sure you’ll agree they do a good job of the song ‘Found a Peanut’. Watch them perform it by viewing the video below.