For many teachers it can be challenging to find new ways to stay a step ahead of students in their ukulele classrooms. West Music is always looking for new and innovative products and ideas for music teachers to keep their students productive, engaged, and enthusiastic! Here is a selection of new and innovative products featured in our 2019-2020 Catalog to add a new dimension to your classroom ukulele program.
Westwood WU Series Ukuleles
We are thrilled to announce the redesigned and upgraded Westwood ukuleles! The new Westwood WU series features Sapele wood with a rich satin finish. Not only does this provide a more traditional look, the finish improves the tone of these instruments. Additionally, the WU series ukuleles feature a secure tie-bar bridge, Aquila Nylgut strings, open-geared tuners, and installed metal strap button. A gig bag is also included with each Westwood WU Ukulele.
Roadie 2 Standalone Automatic Guitar/Ukulele Tuner
This innovative tuner will save classroom teachers lots of time by tuning any stringed instrument up to pitch automatically. Bonus, the Roadie 2 Standalone Automatic Guitar/Ukulele Tuner device works for both ukuleles and guitars! By inserting the tuning peg into the clutch of the tuner, this device allows the player to accurately tune the instrument simply by pressing a button. It’s that easy!
Troubador Ukulele Chord Changer
The chord changer is an easy to use device that attaches to the neck of most soprano-size ukuleles. Once installed, the Troubador Ukulele Chord Changer allows the player to quickly change chords by merely pressing the appropriate button with the left hand. This innovative product takes the pressure of learning the left hand if the player has limited abilities in that hand. Additionally, this can be an excellent aid to learning if the player wishes to focus solely on their right-hand technique.
The HUG Strap allows you to quickly and easily add a strap to any ukulele WITHOUT installing button straps. If your ukulele doesn’t come with a button, it will require drilling into the instrument to add a place to secure traditional straps. This ukulele strap is the perfect solution for performers, teachers, or any player looking to go hands-free with their ukulele.
Upgraded Kala Ukulele Models
Kala has even more great options for teachers looking for a step-up model instrument to stand out while leading their classroom. Both the Kala Satin Mahogany Ukulele and Kala Gloss Mahogany Ukulele series are available with or without pickups!
The Kala Satin Mahogany Ukuleles include NuBone nut and saddle for improved tone, open-gears, all-metal tuners, and cream binding on the body of the instrument. This series is available in Soprano, Concert, Tenor, and Baritone.
Next, the Kala Gloss Mahogany Ukuleles are available in both Concert and Tenor sizes. These instruments feature all of the upgrades offered with the Satin Mahogany series with a high-gloss finish adding projection and volume to the instrument’s sound.
Kala Transit Series Deluxe Gig Bags
If you are looking for the ultimate protection while transporting your ukulele, be sure to add on a new Kala Transit Series deluxe gig bag! These bags provide thick padding and semi-rigid, water-proof, construction to keep your instrument safe and secure.
Acoustic Guitar/Ukulele Amplifiers
Boost your sound while teaching or performing with an acoustic amplifier. The Fender Acoustasonic 40-Watt amplifier and the Fishman Loudbox Mini 60-Watt amplifier. These acoustic amps are specifically designed for the tonality of natural acoustic instruments and have a second channel input for a microphone or accompaniment music so that you can be seen and definitely heard!
We are here to help!
We are working to help you succeed in teaching ukulele in your classroom! Check out our Ukulele in the Classroom resource for ukuleles, storage, accessories, and curriculum options. As always, we invite you to reach out to us directly to help outfit your classroom. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for service.
Sam Marchuk is an Education Consultant for West Music specializing in folk instruments and curriculum for the elementary classroom. He has been playing ukulele since 2005 and is an avid collector of vintage and contemporary ukulele models. As an Education Consultant, Sam assists with the selection and acquisition of instruments and curriculum with teachers across the U.S. He enjoys matching up players of all skill levels and classroom teachers with the right ukulele to fit their personality, style, and budget. Sam has demonstrated the potential of the of the ukulele at numerous state and national music education conferences, helped with the startup of ukulele programs across the U.S., and has taught beginning ukulele at the annual Strathmore Ukulele and Guitar Summit in Rockville, MD.