Bold Park Community School embarked on it’s Ukulele Program in 2011 when we chose the ukulele as our school-wide, tuned instrument. Ukuleles have the benefits of being compact, affordable and tough, as well as allowing the player to sing and play both chords and melodies separately or simultaneously.
We began with the Upper Primary and Middle School group building their own ukuleles from kits during Arts Day. Whilst it may have been “easier” to buy ready-made ukulele’s; the care in student’s constructing and decorating their own ukulele gave students a sense of pride and ownership from the launch of the program.
BPCS staff accessed a range of ukulele resources and experts to assist both staff and students in their mastery of the instrument, including Toni and Robin Christie from Auckland, New Zealand.
Now the staff and students throughout the school use their ukuleles to express ideas, present content from class projects, learn to read and understand music structures; and just to play for fun with friends at lunch time. We also play ukuleles at school events like our Christmas party, and as part of school productions too.