Mark Stanford is a music teacher and the Director of Bands at Springfield High School in Pennsylvania. He was recognized as a 2022 Yamaha “40 Under 40” music educator for his innovative and inspirational efforts to build his music program.

Case Study: Develop a Guitar and Ukulele Elective for High School

Curricular guitar and ukulele courses have gained traction in both elementary and secondary education, and for good reason! Traditional ensembles (band, orchestra and choir) still play a vital role in music education, but guitar and ukulele instruction help us engage a wider range of students in the joys and benefits of making music.

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