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A History of the Ukulele in Google Classroom

A History of the Ukulele

Read the following short history, then watch the video link at the bottom, lastly mark as done/turn in.

History of the Ukulele

The OriginsWhile the ukulele is a uniquely Hawaiian instrument, its roots are in the Portuguese braguinha or machete de braga. The braguinha is a stringed instrument smaller than a guitar whose tuning is very similar to the first four strings of a guitar. By 1850, sugar plantations had become a major economic force in Hawaii, and the plantations needed more workers. Many waves of immigrants came to the islands, including a large number of Portuguese who brought their branguinhas with them.

Legend dates the beginning of the Hawaii infatuation with the branguinha to August 23, 1879. A ship called the Ravenscrag arrived in Honolulu Harbor and released its passengers after a rather arduous journey. One of the passengers began singing songs of thanksgiving for finally reaching his destination and accompanied himself with a branguina. The story goes that the local Hawaiians were very moved by his performance and nicknamed the instrument "Jumping Flea" (one possible translation of ukulele) for the way his fingers moved on the fretboard.
PopularityThe popularity of the ukulele was assured by the patronage of the royal family. The Hawaiian king, King David Kalakauna, loved the ukulele so much he incorporated it into traditional Hawaiian dances and music. He and his sister, Lili'uokalani (who would become queen after him), would have songwriting contests on the ukulele. The monarchs of Hawaii made sure that the ukulele would become completely intertwined with the musical culture of Hawaii.

Spreading to the MainlandIn the early 1900s tourism in Hawaii was starting to take off, and people were enchanted by the beautiful tropical islands with their unique music and dance traditions. Several touring shows of Hawaiian performers crossed the mainland, introducing people to the sound of the ukulele. In 1915, the Panama-Pacific International Exposition was held in San Francisco to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal. One of the exhibit areas was a Hawaiian Pavilion which featured daily performances by hula dancers and musicians. It proved to be one of the most popular exhibits at the Exposition. Tin Pan Alley songwriters fell in love with Hawaii and the ukulele became a popular instrument on the mainland, so much so that ukuleles started being made off the island.
The PresentThe ukulele's popularity on the mainland waned after the 1950s with the beginnings of rock and roll. Where before every child wanted a ukulele, now they wanted a guitar. But the ukulele's easy playability and unique sound is helping it make a comeback in the present, with ukulele songs by Jason Mraz and Train making it onto the top 40 radio stations.Of course, the ukulele never lost popularity in Hawaii. One of the most famous ukulele musicians is the late Israel "Iz" Ka'ano'i Kamakawiwo'ole (affectionatley known as Bruddah Iz by Hawaiians) whose cover of Somewhere Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World was an international bestseller. Another name to know is Jake Shimabukuro, who is considered by many to be a virtuoso on the ukulele. Jake is also notable for reaching worldwide attention from a single viral video on Youtube.

Jake Shimabukuro video link
Created by John Garland: Wednesday, April 14 10:55 PM


Journal entry week of 4-12 in Google Classroom

Journal entry week of 4-12

Music performance requires a student to develop skills, both to physically play the instrument and skills to understand how to read notes or numbers and charts.  

1. How are these skills related to sports?  
2 .How are the related to language arts? 
3. How are they related to STEM (science/tech/engineering/math)?
Created by John Garland: Wednesday, April 14 10:55 PM


Busy work! in Google Classroom

Busy work!

For down time or between Ukulele time

Name piano note:
Find piano note from treble clef staff:

Rhythm Quiz:
What instrument is playing?

Created by John Garland: Wednesday, April 21 2:56 PM




Today, you will complete the following:

1. Use the links below to discover one female composer or instrumentalist.

2. You will do a 40 or 45-minute project on your chosen female composer from these lists.
The project WILL take all of class to complete. There is no “I finished early.” We work through the whole period.
You will turn in a written paper when finished. There is no maximum or minimum. If it takes you 45 minutes to research and write one paragraph, It should be the most intriguing paragraph I have ever read!
My guess is you will be able to research many sources (Wikipedia, artist website, history pages) and come up with several sentences to organize into a clear document.
Please use 12 pt. font, and double space if possible. Try to keep your paragraphs about related content.
Some ideas to explore are the struggles faced, the resistance to their artistry, the support they may have gotten, their artistry and vision.
Stay away from too many strictly demographic facts (birth, death, origin, places lived are all fine, but not that interesting if there is no reason why we are reading about them).

3. Finally, conclude with your thoughts on why it is important we celebrate women composers, instrumentalist, athletes, scientists, inventors, etc. Why do you think they have been under-valued or under-represented? This “last part” of the assignment doesn’t have to be about your composer, more about society.
Created by John Garland: Tuesday, March 23 7:36 PM


Music Technology in Google Classroom

Music Technology

1. Review study guide.

2. JOURNAL ENTRY: Use a CLASS comment on this assignment page so we can have a discussion and see other students' ideas.

List a few positive and few negative impacts
that technology has (or will have) on music.

Think about this from different points of view. As a student, adult, professional, etc.

Consumers buy recordings, subscribe to streaming services, go to concerts, take lessons, etc.
Industry professionals; like producers, performers, writers, retailers, etc., provide the content and availability for consumers in different roles. Like creation, recording, making available on media, publishing, promoting, selling.
Created by John Garland: Wednesday, March 3 11:33 AM


8th and 16th note pop beats in Google Classroom

8th and 16th note pop beats

Stand by...

This lesson is best performed in class. If you miss this class please private comment and I will catch up with you.
Created by John Garland: Wednesday, February 3 2:51 PM


Rhythm first! in Google Classroom

Rhythm first!

In order to write drum beats and use online sequencer tools, we need to read some basic rhythms.
Quarter notes and eight notes are two very common notes.

1. Please review this lesson:

2. Then take these two quizzes:

3. Review the common patterns PDF

4. Use a class comment to share something you learned during this lesson. (You can say something simple, or elaborate on what you learned and how you might use that knowledge)
Created by John Garland: Monday, January 25 6:37 PM


Journal Entry 1 in Google Classroom

Journal Entry 1

Please use a PRIVATE COMMENT to respond. Once you send the comment, please "turn in" or "mark as done."

QUESTION: If you were able to choose the lesson or topic, what would you like to learn about in Music Class?

Considering the inquiry based questions below, also, tell me what you already know about the lessons or topics you want to learn about.

(This journal entry should be 2-3 complete sentences)

 What do you already know about this?
 What are you wondering about it, or what do you want to find out?
 Is it like anything you have encountered before?
 How could we look for some answers, and where should we start?
 Why does it matter or why are we learning this?
 What needs, questions, or goals do I have?
 How has your thinking changed?
 What problems did you run into?
 How does this compare to what you had expected?
 Are there other possibilities you should have considered?
 How will you apply this learning to another experience?
 Why is it important for you to understand this?
 How can you explain this to someone else?
 What was your biggest challenge in the process?
Created by John Garland: Wednesday, January 20 2:58 PM