The ukulele is excellent for school use as a fun and more engaging alternative to the recorder, and is a great way to introduce kids to musical concepts such as chords, the chromatic scale, tuning, and stringed instruments as a whole. Many schools now offer a ukulele class or program, and over in Canada, ukuleles have been a big part of music education since 1968, and the same program is still currently in use in Canada today. 

The small size of a ukulele makes it easy for kids to pick up and play, and essentially any song can be learned and played very quickly.

Here are a few ukuleles which we think make the best choices for schools to use as a part of a ukulele program or class. 



At the 1939 World's Fair, Italian guitarist and inventor Mario Maccaferri saw plastic as the material of the future, and by 1949 he had started production of the very popular, all plastic Islander ukuleles. The Makala Waterman series of ukuleles are a rerelease of the Maccaferri ukuleles, and are popular with schools. Available in too many colours to list here, including completely transparent and and glow in the dark models, the Waterman is durable, waterproof, weatherproof- you name it. 

CORDOBA concert Ukulele PACK

A complete ukulele package containing an all mahogany Cordoba concert ukulele, travel bag, digital clip-on chromatic tuner with color display, picks, and a ukulele chord and lesson book including lessons from Alfred Music Publishing. Comes with Aquila Nylgut strings.



Makala make the best entry level ukes on the market. Sound and playability usually suffer at these affordable prices but not with Makala. These ukes have a fantastic sound and look great. This one has a traditional mahogany finish.

– Soprano Scale
– Agathis Body
– 12 Brass Frets
– Rosewood Fingerboard and bridge
– Mahogany neck
– Satin finish
– Geared tuners