Youngsters tune up for ukulele fest
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.
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