Joy of Arts: Strum and Sing Together- An Intro To The Ukulele (with Daniel Bakan)

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Event Date & Time
May 19th 2023 10:15am
Burnett Secondary School
Location Room
Small Gym
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Strum and Sing Together- An Intro To The Ukulele for Elementary Generalists

Ukulele has been a widely used instrument in elementary education since the 1970’s when J. Chalmers Doane created a folk and jazz-based curriculum and led educators across the nation in bringing the uke to their school age children. Since that time, although less used in schools, the uke has enjoyed a cultural explosion of popularity, partly through a grassroots YouTube culture of teaching and learning. In this 90-minute workshop we will meet the uke, learn a few basic chords and strumming methods and sing and play our way through several songs and musical approaches to teaching musicality with this fun and easy instrument.

No experience is necessary. We will supply ukes, or bring your own.

Time: 10:15 to 11:45 am

Daniel Bakan teaches teachers about music and musicians about teaching. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Education, Danny Bakan taught creative arts pedagogy at Ryerson University’s School of Early Childhood Education and Interdisciplinary Creative Arts at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

In addition to his work in higher education, schools and non-school community settings, Danny is an established musician, composer and theatre artist whose artistic portfolio includes several CDs, performances across North America, theatrical productions, dance scores, children’s musicals, and appearances on CBC, syndicated US radio, and NPR. In 2015, Daniel Bakan completed his Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia in curriculum studies with an award-winning dissertation on songwriting and artography.


Joy of Arts Pro-D participants are all encourage to attend for the full day of learning:

9:00 - 9:10 - Welcome and Acknowledgement

9:10 - 10:00 - Virtual Keynote Victor Wooten in gym

10:00 - 10:15 - break (15 min)

10:15 - 11:45 - Break-out Session 1 (Session options for Music/Art/Dance/Drama with pre-registration)

11:45- 12:30 - lunch (45 min)

12:30 - 2:00 - Break-out Session 2 (Session options for Music/Art/Dance/Drama with pre-registration)

*Register separately for each session (including the keynote)

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