Music for Children, Ukulele – The iconic Hawaiian musical instrument

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What is a Ukulele

It is a simple musical instrument, unlike the guitar which has six strings,the smaller ukulele has four and is manageable even for small hands and an ideal musical instrument to introduce music for  the children.

The Ukulele originated in the 19th century as a Hawaiian adaptation of he Portugese machete and introduced to Hawaii by Portuguese immigrants. It gained great popularity in the US during the 20th century and from there spread internationally.

How to play the Ukulele
The children can just start playing with 2 chords – C and G7.
Refer to diagram below :
1 =  left hand index finger
2 = middle finger and 3 = ring finger
Start strumming to the music notes, Row, row your boat using the right index fingernail or thumb pad.

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

This is a great music for children for beginners as it is very simple as it uses one switch from C to G7 and back to C. The slashes after chord names show you where to strum.

ROW, ROW, ROW YOUR BOAT

C        /       /             /

Row, row, row your boat

/           /              /            /

Gently down the stream.

/            /            /            /

Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,

G7      /        C        /

Life is but a dream.

The children can start with a one-finger chord, then progress to two fingers and from there, they can begin playing songs and just keep building it.
These Four Chords Will Help the children Play a Ton of Fun and Easy Songs
on the Ukulele.​

The 4 chords to start off with are C, A minor, F, and G.

Here’s how to play them:

C and A minor only use one finger, F uses just two fingers, and the G chord is a simple shape that the children may find easy to make.
With these easy chords, you can play a long list of 2, 3, and 4 chord ukulele songs. This looks simple but with these chords, your children can start playing popular and famous songs that the children will actually want to play.

Music for children activites to go along with the Ukulele.

  1. You can ask the children to guess the note. Play back one note and ask them to guess and progress to 2 notes and so on…. This is a great game as it trains listening skills.
  2. When the child has familarized with the notes, ask them to play with their eyes closed and not focus on their hands.
    When they close your eyes, they block out all the visual noise and the children are trained on critical listening which can develop their problem solving and decision making skills.
  3. Encourage the child to sing along while playing the ukulele.
    Recent neuroscience studies have demonstrated playing a musical instrument engages almost every part of the brain at the same time, especially those involved in visual, auditory, and motor skills.

Studies have also shown that learning to play an instrument better develops the communication between the left and right hemispheres of the brain via the corpus callosum, which is basically the bridge between the two. This can lead to better problem-solving skills.

  1. Invite your neighbour children to play with the ukulele and have an orchestra of music – develops social skills.
  2. Or form a band with each friend playing different instruments.
  3. Ask the children who are their famous singers, and encourage them to impersonate them playing their famous songs.
  4. We have a DIY Ukulele where the children can paint and draw their own designs to personalise it.

The ultimate goal is for the kids to have an enjoyable and fun experience playing with the ukulele while developing their different areas of thinking skills.

 Happy strumming to music for children!

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