Ukes for Schools Inc. is dedicated to bringing the joy of music to elementary and middle school-aged children at NO COST to the kids or schools involved. We do this by introducing students to the happiest instrument in the world – The Ukulele!

Through a partnership with The Strum Shop, Ukes for Schools is able to provide quality, entry-level ukuleles and teacher training to schools & organizations throughout Placer and Sacramento counties as well as other areas within Northern California. Ukes for Schools has received donations which have allowed us to loan hundreds of ukuleles to students.

Many of our fundraising contributions are made by The River City Ukulele Orchestra, Kala Music, and donors who believe that music can and does help a child grow up to a be a much happier and more productive person in life. Exposure to music can be a life-long journey. Ukes for Schools wants to create a happy ukulele world with happy ukulele people.

What We Do…

  • Supply Ukuleles to The Schools
  • Support a Teacher or a Member of The School’s Community through Training and Workshops
  • Create Opportunities for Performances and Rehearsals

We have already provided hundreds of ukuleles throughout the area! This is all made possible through the fundraising efforts of the River City Ukulele Orchestra and all the wonderful donors who believe that music can and does help a child grow up to be a much happier and more productive person in life. We want to help the kids of today to better themselves through music for tomorrow.

The benefits of music are enormous! 

Kids who learn to play an instrument enjoy advantages for the rest of their lives, both academic and personal.

Music provides an outlet for self-expression and focuses on “doing” rather than observing.  Young musicians learn to conquer fear and take risks. Early music training helps develop brain areas that involve language and reasoning. These are all essential “human skills” that shape lives forever and help to produce productive and positive youth and adults.

Why Ukulele?

The ukulele is a not a complicated instrument to play. It is very portable and easy to learn. You can play your own music or accompany other musicians with just a little patience and practice.

For kids, music provides an outlet for self-expression and focuses on “doing” rather than observing. Young musicians learn to conquer fear and take risks. Early music training helps develop brain areas that involve language and reasoning. These are all essential “human skills” that shape lives forever and help to produce productive and positive youth and adults.

The ukulele is the happiest instrument in the world! By playing the uke, you are creating joy. The act of making music can heal physical, emotional and psychological wounds. It builds connections in the brain and helps prevent memory loss. It is our personal opinion that the ukulele can melt all kinds of barriers.

Where there is a ukulele, there is always hope.

Why Donate?

Ukes for Schools, Inc. is a local “grass-roots” organization. The money we raise is for the promotion and purchase of musical instruments and education in our community. Our operating costs are low and only supported by donations and contributions from our local music community, local business, organizations, corporations and you.!Your tax-deductible donation helps to create a positive educational experience and promote dynamic growth of our young people and their future contributions to society.

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Other Non-Profits We’re Involved With:

  • We support the Survivor Girl Ukulele Band Project: Bringing restoration and hope to survivors of human trafficking through the healing power of music and love.
  • We also serve as a donation drop off and repair center for Guitars for Vets, Sacramento: a program offering free guitar lessons and supplies to veterans all over our country.