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Ukulele club strikes a chord with pupils at Glusburn Primary School
9:00am Monday 14th October 2013 in News
Children at Glusburn Primary School are getting the chance to learn how to play a ukulele.
A ukulele club, run by headteacher Richard Hunt, meets every Friday lunchtime and has six children learning how to play the guitar-like instrument, which originated in Hawaii.
“The school purchased a small number of ukuleles in order to offer the children another musical instrument to try out,” said Mr Hunt. “As headteacher I began teaching myself and thought it would be a good idea to learn alongside the children. This particular musical instrument also ties in quite well with our current history topic, World War Two, when comedian and singer George Formby used to entertain the troops with his wife Beryl.
“We are currently learning simple chord shapes, which will progress to learning songs to perform to the rest of the school.”
Mr Hunt said Glusburn was a very musical school, having been awarded the national Sing-up Award gold and silver standards. The school’s choir has more than 70 members and runs recorder groups, accordion lessons and keyboard clubs.
He said the school was working with the local education authority to deliver a weekly music lesson for year four pupils with the aim of them creating a class orchestra.
Nigel Waugh, a specialist music practitioner, will teach the children a range of instruments including the cello, keyboard, guitar, violin, trombone, trumpet and saxophone.
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