About Ukes On The Move!
The primary goal of Ukes On The Move! is to bring music-making into the lives of 4th or 5th grade students -- providing them with a life skill -- at an opportune and sometimes critical time of growth and change in their lives. Extensive research has shown the direct benefits of arts engagement and music education. Test scores rise, as does the quality of life. Wherever possible, funds will be raised in partnership with the host school or center to enable each student or participant to receive his/her own ukulele, soft case, tuner and song notebook. We are also piloting the project in after-school programs.
Another priority is to bring the ukulele into our senior centers and retirement communities as a way to engage seniors in an uplifting activity with lasting benefits. Other places where Ukes on the Move! will be going soon are children's hospitals and correctional facilities. For many, the experience of learning to play an instrument can serve as a springboard for success and fulfillment in other parts of life.
Plans for 2015-2016 include bringing residencies to DC area French, Spanish and German immersion programs -- thanks to our illustrious and multi-talented, multi-lingual teaching artists!
In summary, the Ukes on the Move! project offers the spark to ignite the imaginations of young and old, while also providing the experience of success in acquiring a skill that is tangible and real.
Read an article in the Star Democrat
Read an article in the Talbot County Public School News
UPCOMING PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES FOR UKULELE PLAYERS
Saturday, May 19, 4:45-5:00pm
Maple Ave., Takoma Park, MD (in front of Piney Branch ES)
Thurs, June 7, 5:45 & 6:45pm
Carpe Diem! Jump Start Family Fun Night Out @ El Golfo
with the Grandsons Jr!
8739 Flower Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20901
Thurs, June 21, 6:30-8:30pm
Carpe Diem-Revels Community Sing & Potluck Supper in the Park
Sligo-Bennington Park, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Wed, Aug 15, 6:30pm
Join in Strathmore Uke Fest event
Strathmore Lawn, N. Bethesda, MD -- FREE
Strum-along -- not performance. Culmination of Aug 11-15 Uke/Guitar Summit
Wed, Aug 29, 7-9pm (tentative)
Carpe Diem! Uke-Estra Extravaganza on the Plaza (3rd annual)
One Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Sunday, Sept 16, 12:45-1pm (tentative)
Takoma Park Folk Festival (Grassy Nook Stage)
Takoma Park Middle School
Piney Branch Rd., Takoma Park, MD
Plus Takoma Radio possibilities