A Cultural Study of 'ukulele in the Music Classroom

Open Access
Jones, Amanda Noelle
Area of Honors:
Music Education
Bachelor of Music Education
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Ann Callistro Clements, Thesis Supervisor
  • Ann Callistro Clements, Honors Advisor
  • Linda Carol Porter Thornton, Faculty Reader
  • ukulele
  • music
  • education
  • culture
  • hawaii
The ‘ukulele has deep roots in Hawaiian history and culture. This study is the start of a conversation about how to incorporate this culture and history when teaching the instrument in the music classroom. The first two chapters contain the reasons this study was completed and the third contains background information and a review of literature pertinent to this endeavor. The final chapters examine the teaching of ‘ukulele in Hawaii based on observations, interviews and discussions and provide plans for representing the ‘ukulele and Hawaiian culture in an authentic light within the music classroom.