Useful Ukuleles - Tips for creating a successful ukulele program in your school

Have you ever thought about getting a ukulele program going in your music room or classroom and thought, I don't know where to begin?  What tuning should I use?  Where do I find the best materials?  Where can I source a class set of ukuleles?

This session will give a break down of how to begin a ukulele program and provide you with material and resources to start or continue your program.  

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Please have a ukulele available to you (preferably in D6 tuning however, C6 will work as well).


10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

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  • Matthew Martin

    Matthew Martin started teaching in SD61 in November 2011, taking on strings at Sundance Elementary, Marigold Elementary, and the full music program at Rockheights Middle School.  Since then, he has taught music programs at Vic West Elementary, Margaret Jenkins Elementary, Quadra Elementary, Cedar Hill Middle School, and currently at Strawberry Vale Elementary (2016 - present).

    Completing a Bachelor of Education with majors in Music Education and History from the University of Victoria in 2009, Matthew continued working for C.I.B.C. as an Assistant Branch Manager before fully stepping into his teaching career.

    Matthew is a avid local trumpet player playing in multiple groups in Victoria including the Commodores Big Band (lead trumpet), and the Civic Orchestra of Victoria.  He is also active in his church worship bands playing primarily the drum-set but also ukulele, piano, bass, and vocals when needed.

    Matthew is an avid ukulele player and has been an instructor of SD61's Island Ukuleles since the fall of 2007.  There, Matthew has taught all levels of ukulele from the beginning kindergarten students through the accomplished grade 12 students.

    Matthew is an active advocate for music education in BC serving as the Treasurer of the British Columbia Music Educators' Association and as the Marketplace and Industry Chairperson of the BCMEA Annual Conference.