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Feedback from Ukulele Yes! Readers

Hello James!

This summer, I've been practicing/teaching my daughter and her friend from the Ukulele in the Classroom, book 1.  The teacher edition is so well laid-out and easy to follow.  I'm hoping to sign up more kids for Ukulele Club next September and teach them from this method book from October to May.  Does it come in a french edition?  This is one of the requirements at the moment at our French immersion school, that the music curriculum should be taught in French for grades 4-6 (the rule doesn't apply to an extra curricular program though).  Is there a translated version?

Thanks,

Chantal
Ontario, Canada

Hi Chantal,

At the moment there is no French version of Ukulele in the Classroom. We are working on this but as yet only English is available. A French version of Chalmers Doane's Classroom Ukulele Method -- Methode de L'Ukulele Pour la Classe -- was published by Waterloo Music in 1981. The book was "not simply a translation of the Classroom Ukulele Method Book 1," reported Ukulele Yes! in 1981. "It is both a revision of that book and a selection of new materials drawn from the rich resource of French-Canadian folk song." Your best bet is to contact Empire Music; they may be able to track down some copies of this out-of-print resource for you. -- Ed.

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Hi,

We are planning on teaching ukulele to our 5th graders. We will have 15 ukes per classroom. We need a cheap and space-saving way to store the ukes between classes. We were thinking of placing 4 (more or less) ukes into rubbermaid containers, laying them front to back. Do you have any other ideas?

Kelli
South Carolina, U. S. A.

Hi Kelli,

There are many options here. Ideally, the instruments should be kept safe (i.e. off the floor) but accessible and in-sight (i.e. not stuffed into a closet). A set of wall-hangers (DIY version here) would be perfect. If you're going to pack them into containers make sure each instrument is also in its own soft case. -- Ed.

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