Melanie is a former Wilkinson parent, and is also a Juno award winning singer and songwriter. Melanie began the ukulele program at Wilkinson in the Fall of 2009. Since then, her program, known as Uschool, has spread throughout Toronto schools, and now serves over 900 students throughout Toronto! Uschool is based on Melanie's father's (Chalmers Doane) famous Ukulele in the Classroom program. Chalmers is an Order of Canada recipient for his contributions to music education.
Ukulele at Wilkinson
IMPORTANT: Sign-Up for the fall ukulele program happens in June BEFORE the fall! On the right is a letter and video about the program with instructions on how to sign your child up for the program.
All ukulele classes run on Mondays. There are 3 levels at Wilkinson:
Beginner Ukuleles - 2 groups - 1 at lunch on and 1 after school
2nd Year Ukuleles - Mondays after school
3rd Year Ukuleles - Mondays at lunch
The first ukulele class is usually the first Monday of October. But Melanie will confirm closer to the date.
To find out more about Melanie's ukulele program, click here.
CONTACT: FOR QUESTIONS ABOUT THE UKULELE PROGRAM, EMAIL MELANIE@USCHOOL.CA.
Sign-up for Ukulele happens in the June preceding (before) the September school year. (Sign-up for the 2023/2024 ukulele program happened in June 2023.) The main reason for this is that it often takes a few months for the ukulele order to arrive. Ordering the ukuleles in June ensures that they will arrive by the start date (which is typically either late September or early October). If the ukuleles are ordered in September, they don't arrive until December due to the rush of all schools ordering ukuleles at the same time.
IF YOU WISH TO SIGN YOUR CHILD UP FOR UKULELE, SEND AN EMAIL TO MELANIE@USCHOOL.CA.
Watch this incredibly inspiring and uplifting video with Melanie Doane, Jann Arden, and the students from her uschool.
Another inspiring video from Melanie's ukulele school.