For a 3rd year in a row, our Grade 3 students are busy constructing their very own ukuleles. This project has become a class favorite, as girls are guided through the process with Mr. Louie, our dynamic Maker Teacher. This year, Grade 8 students regularly work with our Grade 3 girls, helping with the ukulele construction and strengthening sisterhood along the way.
Our students are doing the following to make the ukuleles:
-Use a band saw to cut wood (plywood for the bodies, oak for the sides and neck, walnut for the bridge)
-Cut the wood for the body
-Paint the body
-Cut the neck
-Sand the edges
-Glue on the neck, drill holes for pegs, nails for frets
-Attach strings to tuners
Later in the school year, Grade 3 students will have the opportunity to perform with these self-created instruments.
Grade 3 students are making ukuleles with their own hands, hearts, and creativity. Like so much in life, this project began as an idea.
Hamlin music teacher Kate Roseman states:
The idea for the ukulele project came from a conversation I had with Mark Picketts last year. During that conversation, Mark mentioned that there was a project like this at another school, and I got really excited about the potential of bringing it to Hamlin. Originally, I was thinking about doing this project with Grade 4, but when I mentioned it to Brandy (Garcia), she immediately became excited and said we had to do it with Grade 3. Brandy’s enthusiasm and passion has really brought this project to life! Making connections to art and poetry was something I wasn’t even thinking about.
With the help of design and maker teacher, Brian Louie, the vision is now under construction.
Mr. Louie had never made a ukulele before, but he was able to watch Instructable videos about the process and was excited to model taking risks for our students. Mr. Louie knows how to play the ukulele, so he already had a feel for the instrument.
Our students are working through the following to construct the ukuleles: