My mentor Kimo Hussey always reminds me that my job as a teacher is to make playing the ‘ukulele fun. That was my purpose when I taught my students the “Batman Theme Song” this past year. I know that fun is a powerful motivation tool for students. However, what also made this song so fun was the skill that the students developed while working on this song for many months before. They needed the finger dexterity to pluck the notes, the memory that comes with repeated playing, and a keen ear and flexibility to play well with others. Of course, the masks help, too. A big thank you to “The Empty Jeeps” who exceeded my expectations with their first year of playing the ‘ukulele!
August 19, 2014 Barbie Wong