Ukulele Ensemble (4th-5th Grade)
Ukulele ensemble auditions for incoming 4th and 5th graders will take place Monday, October 23rd, after school (3:15 PM - 4:15 PM.)
Students are presently learning all the materials necessary to have success auditioning with their peers later this semester.
Auditions will be organized into small groups of 8-10 students. Solos are strictly optional.
The Richland Ukulele Club is an auditioned group of 25 students from our 4th and 5th grade classes. Ukulele Club meets once weekly.
4th/5th Grade Ukulele Club Auditions
*Monday, October 23rd
*Ms. Jackson's music room.
*Auditions are conducted in small groups.
*Pick-up will be at the front entrance doors.
*Students wishing to audition should complete the top portion of the audition scoresheet (pictured below this announcement.)
*Google Slide Link to Audition Materials: Audition Materials and Process
Ukulele Practice Links
Introduction to Ukulele
Link: Ukulele Introduction
Link: 4 Sizes of Ukuleles
One Finger Chords
Link: F Major Chord
Link: C7 Chord
Link: Ami Chord
Link: Tips for Changing Chords
Link: Moving Easily Between
Easy & Fun Songs
Enjoy practicing beginning songs at home! Here are a few selections we will explore in class this semester.
Link: Ultimate Guitar Tabs
Link: Andy Ramos Resources
Link: Kenny Basham's Music
Tips for Purchasing a Ukulele
At Richland Elementary, we have a classroom set of soprano ukuleles for music classes and ukulele clinics.
If you are interested in purchasing a ukulele for your child to practice at home, here are some pointers for purchasing a quality beginner instrument.
1) Amazon purchases: carefully read reviews and return policies. Be mindful, manufacturing standards can quickly change with lesser-known brands.
2) Try to purchase a well-known brand. Here are some suggestions for soprano ukuleles with approximate price points. Larger concert and tenor-sized ukuleles add approximately $20 to the base-line price of soprano ukuleles.
3) Remember, the most important considerations for a beginner's instrument are: a pleasing tone quality, the instrument's ability to stay in tune, and durability.
Makala Soprano Ukuleles (variety of colors, stays in tune, pleasant tone, and durable.)
Link: Makala Soprano
More affordable options
Link: Donner Concert Ukulele
Link: Westwood Soprano This is the West Music Brand. Makala brand is more durable, but this instrument (Westwood) has a pleasing sound, stays in tune, and includes buttons for a strap.
Affordable "Outdoor Style" Ukuleles
Additional Quality Brands
We welcome additional suggestions to add to this list!