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Ukulittle® at Martin School: Spring 2024 Highlights

Pic 1: Leaves Bat Art made with tree bark cardboard wings and goggles eyes, PIC 2: Two Textile Ukulele patches, one orange background and one black background , painted  ukulele shape, colourful stickers geometrical shapes, PIC 3 Event poster for the Rec Shop 8th year anniversary with round shaped logos of the North London Ukulele Club, Ukulittle, and the puppet UkuLeela, Blue maracas, a black table cloth with many colourful ukuleles, dates for the free taster session are 29th October Sunday, 5 to 7 yo, and 31st October Tuesday, 8 to 11 years old, Address of the Rec shop is 17a The Mall, Wood Green, London, N22 6YQ

Hello! Hello! And happy start of the new Summer Term fellow North Londoners,

Time to take a look back at our Ukulittle® School Club Spring Term 2024 , it's remarkable to see how far we've come in our journey with our young students. This term has been a wonderful opportunity to introduce young minds to the joys of music and creativity.

Embracing Diversity

One of the most rewarding aspects of our club was the diverse group of children who came together to learn and create. From English language learners to children with varying abilities, we embraced every child's unique journey. Witnessing the children support and encourage each other has been truly inspiring.

PIC 1 The Rec Shop Poster for their 8th Year Anniversary featuring Open Mic Session on 28th October Saturday, Black History Month, Special Performance, featuring Sigma AD, Ukulele Club + Art Session , PIC 2 Margie Jammie holding a red Octopus Ukulele, wearing a red beret and white heart shaped glasses, long brown and black hair with pink and red locks, coming through a glittery curtain and pulling an excited face, PIC 3: Mary Otumahana aka WxndrWxmn holding a pink ukulele, wearing a long grey dress, long black platted hair with pink curls at the end, smiling , Margie Jammie holding a fuchsia ukulele and wearing a North London Ukulele Club t-shirt, smiling, two volunteers holding another ukulele each and waving it while smiling, wearing a black t-shirt with the Rec Shop logo

Navigating Challenges

Running a ukulele program for reception-aged children, alongside some older students, presented its share of challenges. However, with Mr. Johnny's invaluable support and our shared dedication, we navigated through these challenges with creativity and adaptability.

Celebrating Progress

Throughout the term, over the course of our 10 sessions, the children made remarkable progress in their ukulele playing, singing, and songwriting skills. From strumming their initial chords to composing their own songs, each milestone was celebrated with joy. The sense of accomplishment on their faces was a truly priceless moment. Additionally, as we progressed through the term, many of the children demonstrated improvement in their finger dexterity and discrimination, successfully handling changing chords on the beat.

A poster with orange background and four different logos at the top including the Rec Shop and the North London Ukelele Club, Ukulittle and a free taster session logo, three other round bubble images representing ukulele teacher Margie Jammie, her pink puppet UkuLeela, a pair of blue wooden maracas for children, a bat with google eyes, made out of bark and leavesadvertising the events taking place in Wood Green over the Half term break, Art and Ukulele session, dates are 28th October 2023, 5 to 7 years old , 31st October 2023, 8 to 11 years old, the address of the Rec shop is Unit 17a The  Mall, Wood Green, London N22 6YQ

Looking Forward

As we look ahead, the future of Ukulittle® School Club at Martin School may take various forms. While we will not be running another term in the immediate future, I want to express my gratitude for the warm welcome and support we've received from the school community. It's been a pleasure collaborating with the staff, parents, and most importantly, the children. While my physical presence at Martin School may pause for now, the journey continues. I'll be heading to Italy to run Ukulele Summer camps and continue teaching online. It's heartening to know that some Year 2 students from Martin School have chosen to continue their musical journey with me, both in person at my studio and on Zoom throughout the Summer term.

We currently have limited Zoom slots available specifically for Year 2 children (aged 6-8). If you're interested in joining our Zoom sessions and continuing your musical exploration from the comfort of your own home, don't hesitate to secure your spot today!

Considering the positive feedback we've received from both children and parents alike, it's evident that our journey with the ukulele at Martin School has left a lasting impression. As we conclude this chapter, we hope to have sparked a lasting interest in music in these young learners, setting the stage for future exploration. While our time at Martin School may have come to a close for now, we remain open to the possibility of future collaborations, perhaps in the autumn or beyond. Thank you for sharing in this musical adventure with us!

Yours truly, Margie Jay Gianni


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