Hello! Ukulele Parents is about three things:
#1. How can you find the best ukulele for your child?
Here’s a guide for Busy Parents that cuts through the confusing talk about wood and parts to reveal the Ukulele Price Ladder. You’ll understand the true value of beginner ukuleles and learn how to pick the best ukulele.
#2. What can you do to help your kid succeed?
While learning ukulele is lots of fun, there are some early bumps in the road. In these teachable moments, Mom or Dad can be the hero.
For example, the new strings that come installed on the instrument will need to be stretched and tuned. Your kid can do it, but they will probably need a little help. If nobody stretches the strings out properly, that new uke will never be in tune.
These little challenges will keep coming over the next several months. Ukulele Parents is here for that. Some other hills to climb include:
- Picking an online learning program
- How do we tune this thing?
- Is it OK to try and influence your kid’s taste in music?
- How to stretch out new ukulele strings in your sleep.
- Do we use a pick or our fingers?
- How do we learn how to strum?
- What songs can kids play?
#3. Helping your kid develop intangibles
Playing music is good for your child’s development. Did you know that playing music engages all areas of the brain? Kids who play instruments also increase their confidence and self-esteem.
Research shows that playing music helps kids develop all kinds of skills:
Studies also show that your brain and general outlook will improve if you play music with your kids.
I taught an after-school music program for many years, in an organization dedicated to the principles of Youth Development. I found success using a combination of self-directed learning techniques, borrowed from the adult learning world, and coaching.
Framing the teaching so that kids could take ownership over some of the learning, followed by coaching, resulted in high engagement. So my mission here is to help you frame the learning so your kids can be engaged and you can coach them to success.
And if you decide to join with them on their ukulele journey, that’s even better.
Michael J. McMorrow, PMP