Emily Merrill teaches music at a number of different elementary and middle schools starting with kids as young as three years old on up to 14.
Although some may not enjoy commuting from school to school and classroom to classroom, this opportunity allows her to spend years with each child and watch them grow up through her music classes.
To say Emily is committed to teaching schoolchildren the benefits of learning to make music would be an understatement.
After being introduced to the ukulele during a summer training camp, she felt inspired to come up with a new way of teaching music. Her students typically learn either using a piano or acoustic guitar, however, both are considerably more expensive to purchase than the ukulele and the size of each may be daunting to little hands.
"I realized it would be a great way for the kids to get a broader musical experience in an accessible manner," she said. "Ukuleles seemed like the best way for my kids to get experience with a chord based instrument."
Since using the ukulele as a teaching tool was something new to Emily, one day while at
Madison County Elementary School,
she asked fellow teachers on where to begin.