Ukes in Schools

For young people to learn music, they need instruments… a pretty simple statement, but many school communities struggle to find funding for music against competing interests.

The New Zealand Ukulele Trust provides schools with free class sets of ukuleles. Just one class set of ukuleles can provide every child at that school the opportunity to learn music.

The NZUT applies for funding for charitable trusts and partners with suppliers to deliver as many ukuleles to schools as possible.

Over 2,028 free ukuleles from NZ Ukulele Trust have been delivered to schools via our ‘Free Ukes in Schools’ programme.

 

In 2021, we were very pleased to be able to provide the following schools with a class set of ukuleles:

And in 2020, the following schools received class sets:

Baverstock Oaks Primary School

Auckland Normal Intermediate

Coley Street School

Deanwell School

Kelston Intermediate

Dominion Road School

Kilbirnie School

Elim Christian College

Konini Primary School (Auckland)

Henderson Intermediate

Hāwera Intermediate

Holy Cross Catholic School (Henderson)

Lynmore School

Makara Model School

Māngere East Primary School

Mt Carmel School

Nawton Primary School

Mt Eden Normal Primary School

Patea Area School

Nuhaka School

Purua School

Ormiston Primary School

Rewa Rewa School

Robertson Road School

Silverdale Normal School

Sawyers Bay School

St Dominic’s Primary School

Sunset Primary

Taipa Area School

Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Hiringa

Turua Primary School

Te Waha o Rerekohu Area School

Waiau Pa School

Timatanga Community School

Kahurangi School Wellington

Waverley Park School

Whenuakite Country Kids, Whitianga

 

Tamariki Uke On, Invercargill

 

Victory Primary School, Nelson

 

While a good number of schools in the Kiwileles’ programme and have benefited from the Ukes in Schools programme, we are conscious that there are many, many more schools in need. Demand for instruments always exceeds our ability to supply. We are currently applying for more funding and hope to be able to provide more ukes in schools later in the year.

 

For 2021 we are in the second year of a two year funding partnership with Kala Brand Music, enabling us to select schools to receive a set of free ukuleles. Preference will be given to registered Kiwileles schools. To apply now, please fill in the following application form. By doing so you will be kept informed as this process progresses.

 

UKES IN SCHOOLS FUNDING APPLICATION

We are so happy to have them and are feeling very lucky – we love the bright colours, and the tuner is the best tuner I’ve ever used!    We are just so stoked with the lovely new ukes! Ngā mihi nui ki a koe – thanks from the grateful ukulele learners of Deanwell School!

Meg Davies Kiwileles Lead Teacher Deanwell School – Hamilton

We were all so excited and the ukuleles are absolutely beautiful! Thank you again to Kala Brand Music and the NZ Ukulele Trust for making this happen.

Chae-Yeon Park Music Teacher Auckland Normal Intermediate School

Thank-you for this very generous offer to support our ukulele music skills programme.

Nick Chapman Principal Nukaha School – Hawkes Bay

Thank you NZ Ukulele and  Kala Brand Music for the very generous donation of these fantastic new ukuleles. Our students love the different colours!!  They can’t wait to start making beautiful music on them.  We really do appreciate this generous gift.  

Shirley Dephoff Kiwileles Lead Teacher Dominion Road School – Auckland

 

YEAR

NUMBER OF SCHOOLS PER YEAR

NUMBER OF UKULELES PER SCHOOL / YEAR

NUMBER OF UKULELES DONATED PER YEAR

 

 

2021

21

12

252

 

 

2020

18

12

216

 

 

2019

10

12

120

 

 

2017

12

12

144

 

 

2016

5

12

60

 

 

2015

9

12

108

 

 

2014

18

12

216

 

 

2013

17

12

204

 

 

2012

19

12

228

 

 

2011

13

12

156

 

 

2010

18

12

216

 

 

2009

9

12

108

 

 

TOTAL SCHOOL RECIPIENTS  169 

 TOTAL NUMBER OF DONATED UKULELES 2,028