The 'You Can Ukulele!' project aims to teach young parents who lack access to music how to play the ukulele so that they can provide their children with inspiring musical play at home. Music is an incredible tool for improving child development and parent/child attachment and the ukulele is a versatile and accessible instrument to learn. This project will be facilitated by WILD Young Parents Project , a registered charity in Cornwall.
WILD Young Parents Project has been running it's 'Music Makes Me Happy' programme for 3 years now and it has gone from strength to strength. The project enables young parents to engage with music in an encouraging and non-judgemental environment. Over the past 25 years WILD Young Parents Project has worked with over 12,000 young parents and their children, helping to fight poverty and social exclusion across Cornwall. With our new 'You Can Ukulele!' project we hope to provide skills for these young families that can build confidence and self-esteem. Our music sessions are fully inclusive and provide young parents with a social activity that is fun and engaging for themselves and their children.
The real strength of the 'You Can Ukulele!' project is that it makes learning an instrument incredibly straight forward and acccessible with our unique system of colour coded music scores. By producing a simple-to-follow music book to accompany our instruction, learners can continue playing and developing their skills at home. Currently, WILD Young Parents Project music practitioners use the ukulele to provide music in a creche setting and the children and parents alike engage with this simple instrument. Our aim is to pass these skills on to all of our young parents so that they can elicit the same response from their children whilst they are away from our weekly creche sessions. Learning an instrument can be daunting, particularly for those who have had limited access to music education. Our 'You Can Ukulele!' project aims to break down these barriers and make music accessible to all. By empowering our young parents with a new musical skill, we aim to grow their self-belief and help them to inspire their young children.
From the total of £750, we aim to spend £200 on purchasing 10 new ukuleles that can be used in groups all over Cornwall. With the remaining £550 we aim to produce 250 high quality colour song books that can be distributed to our young parents that contain a range of songs using our unique methods of learning.