The primary goal of Ukes On The Move! is to bring music-making into the lives of 4th or 5th grade students -- providing them with a life skill -- at an opportune and sometimes critical time of growth and change in their lives. Extensive research has shown the direct benefits of arts engagement and music education. Test scores rise, as does the quality of life. Wherever possible, funds will be raised in partnership with the host school or center to enable each student or participant to receive his/her own ukulele, soft case, tuner and song notebook. We are also piloting the project in after-school programs.
Another priority is to bring the ukulele into our senior centers and retirement communities as a way to engage seniors in an uplifting activity with lasting benefits. Other places where Ukes on the Move! will be going soon are children's hospitals and correctional facilities. For many, the experience of learning to play an instrument can serve as a springboard for success and fulfillment in other parts of life.
Plans for 2015-2016 include bringing residencies to DC area French, Spanish and German immersion programs -- thanks to our illustrious and multi-talented, multi-lingual teaching artists!
In summary, the Ukes on the Move! project offers the spark to ignite the imaginations of young and old, while also providing the experience of success in acquiring a skill that is tangible and real.
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