Ukulele is an appealing and versatile instrument that enriches the general music classroom. Beginning with “Ukulele Boot Camp,” participants will learn the basics of playing, tuning, reading chord diagrams, and tablature to improve their own playing. As the week progresses, the sessions will explore a variety of pedagogical models for teaching ukulele to a variety of age levels. Teachers should come prepared to make music, move, and learn how to create space in their current curricula for this amazing instrument.
Kate Hagen teaches in the Iowa City Community School District and has twenty years’ experience working with kindergarten through sixth grade students in public schools. Hagen is also a licensed music therapist with a masters of music education from the University of Northern Iowa. She holds National Board Certification in Music for Early and Middle Childhood and has completed certifications in Kodály, World Music Drumming, and Levels I, II, and III certification in Orff-Schulwerk. She has presented at several state conferences and workshops, is a regular guest lecturer at the University of Iowa for undergraduate music education students, and is currently chapter president for First Iowa Orff. Hagen is co-author of the book Strum, Strike, Sing & Play: Artfully Adding Ukulele in the General Music Classroom, which was published in 2017. She has three children, enjoys flower gardening, and in her spare time, she and her husband remodel and flip houses.
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