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JMUKE

 
By:  Katy  Morgan  

At  UREC  
On  April  2,  2018,  students  from  the  MUED  272  and  273  classes  went  toe  UREC  to  teach  the  members  of  the  
JMU  community  the  ukulele.  The  goal  of  this  experience  was  for  those  learners  to  leave  understanding  simple  
chords  and  having  parKcipated  in  a  music-­‐making  experience.  

Learning  Environment  
For  this  experience  we  took  it  to  JMU's  recreaKon  center.  By  hosKng  it  in  the  lobby  of  UREC  we  were  able  to  
aQract  a  diverse  audience.  In  order  to  create  a  safe  space  in  such  a  public  seSng,  the  instructors  had  to  be  
confident  in  oneself  and  their  knowledge.  We  chose  songs  that  would  be  interesKng  and  familiar  to  the  college  
students  so  that  way  they  had  a  good  Kme  and  could  sing  along.  We  made  sure  that  the  instructors  were  
always  around  the  learners  in  order  for  them  to  feel  safe  and  comfortable  making  mistakes.  Check  out  this  
video!  hQps://goo.gl/cjd1MM  

InstrucKonal  Delivery  
With  the  instrucKonal  delivery  we  were  addressing  our  peers,  which  can  be  challenging.  One  way  that  we  
did  this  was  by  teaching  them  in  small  groups  for  the  first  30  minutes.  In  these  groups  we  taught  them  the  
basic  chords  G,  C,  Am  and  F,  as  well  as  how  to  read  chord  tabs  in  case  different  chords  showed  up  in  the  
jam  session.  We  also  gave  them  a  handout  with  informaKon  on  the  ukulele  and  chord  tabs,  that  way  they  
could  refer  to  the  handout  if  they  had  quesKons  and  none  of  the  teachers  were  available  to  answer  their  
quesKons.    Check  out  the  handout!  hQps://goo.gl/skQ8iw  

InstrucKonal  Planning  
For  this  assignment  the  students  involved  in  this  experience  had  to  create  a  lesson  plan.  Our  plan  
involved  a  detailed  process,  list  of  materials,  and  learning  goals  with  I  Can  Statements.  W  Our  plan  
involved  30  minutes  of  instrucKon  and  an  hour  and  a  half  of  jamming.  We  used  google  drive  to  plan  the  
events  in  order  for  all  teachers  to  have  access  to  them.  We  also  created  a  powerpoint  of  songs  for  the  
jam  session,  color  coordinaKng  the  chords  in  order  to  help  show  when  the  chords  should  be  played.      
Check  out  our  lesson  plan!  hQps://goo.gl/iaJ2Mp  Check  out  our  Song  Slides!  hQps://goo.glo8hsGS