Young­sters tune up for ukulele fest

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Pri­mary school teacher Lynn Mus­cat struck a chord with her stu­dents when she in­tro­duced them to the ukulele.

‘‘I got my­self a ukulele for my birth­day be­cause I wanted to learn an in­stru­ment and then I started to use it as a teach­ing tool for be­hav­iour man­age­ment and at­ten­tion get­ting,’’ she says.

‘‘I found it re­ally calmed them when I played it in class.’’

Be­fore long Ms Mus­cat had es­tab­lished her own ukulele orches­tra at Glad­stone Pri­mary School through the Ki­wilele ini­tia­tive.

Ki­wilele is pro­gramme where teach­ers re­ceive guid­ance to teach stu­dents how to play ukulele dur­ing the school year.

‘‘The pro­gramme is fan­tas­tic, they pro­vide you with a CD and a song book,’’ Ms Mus­cat says.

It cul­mi­nates in a per­for­mance at the NZ Ukulele Fes­ti­val tomorrow.

This year a record 150 schools reg­is­tered in the Ki­wilele pro­gramme and a

a phe­nom­e­nal 3000 young peo­ple will play in the Ki­wilele Massed Ukulele Orches­tra for the fes­ti­val.

Ms Mus­cat’s group prac­tises one lunchtime a week and at each ses­sion they learn a new song.

There are clearly some big dreams within her tiny orches­tra of 12.

‘‘I like play­ing ukulele be­cause when I grow up I want to be in a band,’’ 7-year-old Amelie Kelly says.

‘‘I might be in a band or I might be a rock­star.’’

The 2013 NZ Ukulele Fes­ti­val is tomorrow, 11am till 4pm at The Trusts Arena, Hen­der­son.

Photo: DANIELLE STREET

Ki­wilele: Glad­stone Pri­mary School stu­dent Mia Kara, 7, gets into the swing of things on her four-string.

Visit auck­land­c­i­ty­har­bour news.co.nz to watch a video of the Glad­stone Pri­mary School ukulele group prac­tis­ing

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