UKELE

Guest presenters at the January 15 noon meeting of the Springs Area Community Club (SACC) held at the Springs Inn were Wessington Springs music educator, Julie Fastnacht and twenty-one 6th grade music students who performed on their ukuleles.

Guest presenters at the January 15 noon meeting of the Springs Area Community Club (SACC) held at the Springs Inn were Wessington Springs music educator, Julie Fastnacht and twenty-one 6th grade music students who performed on their ukuleles. Each student had a ukulele , and the group sang and accompanied themselves on five songs. SACC attendees are continually treated to a great variety of interesting programs such as this one.  Visitors are always welcome.  In response to questions about this unusual new program in the Wessington Springs schools, Fastnacht provided the following information about her classes:

“Our ukuleles were funded through an online program called Donors Choose. Org and all the money was donated.  A lot of the donations came from donors outside of our community.  You simply create your project and donors choose which programs they would like to support.  It was a great success.”

Fastnacht continued, “The kids will play the ukuleles at least once a week.  I will typically vary their schedule with some days starting with singing and transitioning into the ukulele.  Other days, they will only play the ukulele.  This allows me to teach other music standards, and prepare kids for contests.”

Fastnacht said the goal of the ukulele program is to simply get students excited about learning music and a unique instrument.  

“The neatest part of learning the ukulele is that it allows you to accompany your voice in a simplistic way,” she said. “Kids are excited to learn a new instrument, and it is easy to learn.”

Fastnacht pointed out that similar to learning how to play other instruments, challenges still exist. 

“The biggest challenge is the understanding that it takes good practice and patience to learn any instrument,” concluded Fastnacht.

Visitors are always welcomed at the noon SACC meetings on Tuesdays at the Springs Inn.  The annual membership drive is now taking place.  Please consider joining this important organization which supports activities and worthy causes in the community.