Ukulele 2 Class Syllabus and Expectations – pdf file of below – Ukulele 2 Class Syllabus 8:5:19

In this semester classyou have the opportunity to review basic Ukulele skills such as picking melody, strumming chords (harmony), and singing. Furthermore, you will learn music theory (scales, key signatures, chords and function), and develop playing skills by performing songs in different keys and positions.

By the end of this class, you will:

  • Be able to read notes and rhythms in standard music notation.
  • Learn patterns of pitches on the whole neck of the Ukulele.
  • Be able to perform melodies in different keys using a wider range of pitches up the neck.
  • Know how to play more chords.
  • Begin using more complicated picking and strumming patterns.
  • Play more complicated chord progressions and sing at the same time.
  • Play in an ensemble (play a melody/part independently with others).

You will learn the following skills:

  • The process of how to learn a skill and use effective practice habits
  • How to engage in the creative process with other people

Course Requirements

Supplies– You are required to have these by the first Friday of the quarter.

  • You will need your Chromebook – You will use it every day.
  • A 1 Inch 3-ring binder and/or pocket folder.
  • It would be a large benefit to have a ukulele at home to practice.

Class Policies

  1. Respect self, others, and property. Treat others, as you want to be treated.
  2. Follow directions and be prepared to work.
  • Students should be in their seats, with course materials, ready when the bell rings.
  • Students are responsible for the care of the instrument they are assigned.
    • Student should only touch their own instrument.
    • If an instrument is not in your hand, it should be on its hook on the wall.
    • Purposeful damage to an instrument will result in a discipline action and charge for repairs of that instrument.
    • Any changes in condition or damage should be reported immediately.
  • Students should be respectful of each other and teacher during class. No noodling.
    • Noodling is any noise from an instrument while the teacher is talking.


Your grade in this class is determined by a combination of observations during class, playing tests, and written assessments.

  • Daily Participation (singingand playing) 80%

(Informal and formal classroom observation)                                           

  • In class work and assessments 20%

(Written tests, individual, and group song project)

General Music Standards and Skills

Standard 1-6:

CREATING: Conceiving and developing new artistic ideas and work.

Anchor Standard #1. Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas in music.

Anchor Standard #2. Organize and develop artistic ideas in music.

Anchor Standard #3. Refine and complete music for performance.

PERFORMING: Realizing artistic ideas and work through interpretation and presentation.

Anchor Standard #4. Analyze and interpret music for presentation.

Anchor Standard #5. Develop and refine music for presentation.

Anchor Standard #6. Convey meaning through the presentation of music.

Skills Developed:

Perform, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

  • Play the C (2 octaves), F, and G major scales; c minor, e minor, C Chromatic and C Blues Scale.
  • Demonstrate musical independence through the performance of a melodic line played with one or more other parts.
  • Demonstrate musical independence through the performance of a melodic line played alone and groups.
  • Play all diatonic chords (major and minor) in the key of C, F, and G.
  • Demonstrate proper technique, physical involvement, focus, and discipline during class.
  • Respect class materials, equipment, peers, and teachers.
  • Identify strings and frets with letter names and accidentals.

Read and notate music:

  • Identify note names in treble clef up to one ledger line above or below.
  • Identify string and fret note names in treble clef.
  • Notate the C , F, and G Major scale.
  • Identify the major key signatures of C, G, and F and chords.

Standard 7-11:

RESPONDING: Understand and evaluate how the arts convey meaning.

Anchor Standard #7. Perceive and analyze music.

Anchor Standard #8. Interpret intent and meaning in music.

Anchor Standard #9. Apply criteria to evaluate music.

CONNECTING: Relate artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and external context.

Anchor Standard #10. Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to a musical performance.

Anchor Standard #11. Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural and historical context to deepen understanding.

Skills Developed:

Listen to, analyze, and describe music

  • Aurally identify between major and minor tonalities.
  • Aurally distinguish between two similar musical excerpts.
  • Listen to and describe the musical elements in a recorded piece of music.

Evaluate music and musical performances

  • Listen to and evaluate a musical performance using descriptive language.
  • Form an educated musical opinion about a performance.
  • Listen to and evaluate a musical performance using classroom vocabulary.

Class Units and Project

Within every unit below an assessment would include, but is not limited to, an induvial and/or group performance of a scale, melody, pattern, or song. In addition, these performances could be live (in front of the class) or recorded. Overall, each unit will also cover multiple melodies and songs.

Unit 1: Review                        Aug 21-Sept 13           17 Days

  • Ukulele Skills
    • Positions
    • Fret board and string note patterns (Whole and Half steps)
    • Finger numbers
    • Practice skills
    • 4-chords + singing
    • Single note melodies
  • Scales
    • Building a Major Scale (WWHWWWH)
    • C Major Scale
  • Chords
    • C, F, G, am
  • Theory concepts
    • Whole Steps, Half Steps
    • Major, Minor
    • Note names
    • Notation elements (staff, bar lines, repeats, measures)
  • Rhythmic concepts
    • Note values: Q, H, W, E
    • Rest values: Q, H, W

Unit 2: C Major                       Sept 16-Oct 4              15 Days

  • Ukulele Skills
    • Beginning fingerpicking/arpeggiation
    • 2-part songs
  • Scales
    • C minor Scale one octave (Natural and Harmonic)
    • C major upper notes (up to G = 10th fret, or high C = 15thfret)
  • Chords
    • C, dm, em, F, G, am
    • I, ii, iii, IV, V, vi
    • am, dm, E7
      • Minor songs i, iv, V7
    • Theory Concepts
      • Accidentals: flat
    • Rhythmic Concepts
      • 16thNotes
      • Dotted

Unit 3: One Flat                      Oct 7-Oct 25               12 Days

  • Ukulele Skills
    • Beginning and/or continue fingerpicking/arpeggiation
    • 2-part songs
  • Scales
    • F Major scale
    • ChromaticPlaying and fingering, no notation (C to C, one octave)
  • Chords
    • F, gm, am, Bb, C, dm
    • I, ii, iii, IV, V, vi
    • dm, gm, A7
      • Minor songs i, iv, V7
    • Bar chords
  • Theory Concepts
    • Key Signature: 1 flat = F or dm
    • Accidentals: flat
  • Rhythmic Concepts
    • Syncopation 

Unit 4: Two Parts, One Week, Zero Chords  Oct 28-Nov 1              5 Days

  • Ukulele Skills
    • Continue fingerpicking/arpeggiation
    • 2 part song
  • Song Elements
    • Key of C, am, F, dm
    • Melody and counter melody only, no chords
  • Performance Concepts
    • Duet performance
    • Recorded, not performed live
    • Deadline-oriented

Unit 5: One Sharp                   Nov 4-Nov 26             16 Days

  • Ukulele Skills
    • Continue fingerpicking/arpeggiation
    • 2 to 3 part songs
  • Scales
    • G Major scale
    • Chromatic scale with notation (C to C, one octave)
  • Chords
    • G, am, bm, C, D, em
    • I, ii, iii, IV, V, vi
    • em, am, B7
      • Minor songs i, iv, V7
    • Theory Concepts
      • Key Signature: 1 sharp = G or em
      • Accidentals: sharp, natural

Unit 6: I’ve Got the Blues                   Dec 2-Dec 6                5 Days

  • Ukulele Skills
    • Continue fingerpicking
  • Scales
    • C Blues Scale (C-Eb-F-F#-G-Bb-C)
  • Chords
    • C, F, G7
    • 12-Bar Blues: I I  I I  IV  IV I  I  V7 IV  I  I
  • Theory/History Concepts
    • Improvisation
    • Progression
    • Blues
  • Rhythmic Concepts
    • Swung rhythm (long-short)
  • Performance Concepts
    • Improvising
    • Harmonic support
    • “Taking a solo”
    • “Go back to the head”

Unit 7: Uke got it!                  Dec 9-Dec 20              10 Days

  • Song Elements
    • Key of C, am, F, dm, G, em
    • Played melodic elements
    • Chordal support
    • Sung elements
  • Performance Concepts
    • Solo and Small Group Performance
    • Solo Performance Recorded
    • Group Performance Live (and recorded)
  • Add – Slides, Hammers, and Double stops.

Student and Parent School Ukulele Use Agreement:

pdf file – Ukulele 2 Class Contract