Strumming the Ukulele

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Sixth-graders at the middle school have been learning to play the Hawaiian ukulele as part of a new music unit that aims to both immerse students in the nation’s diverse heritage and develop an appreciation for playing music.
    
Under the direction of music teachers Linda Jutting, Paula Albert-Franz, Artie Gross and Kevin O’Brien, the students have been exploring methods of picking, strumming patterns and sight-reading. As students advance in the unit, they learn to sing and strum along with various styles of Hawaiian folk tunes, as well as modern day rock songs.
    
The unit coincides with already established keyboard, percussion and guitar units that allow students to explore the many elements of music.