Uke Can Do It! Books

These resources for teachers and students are co-published by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and written by music teacher and site founder Philip Tamberino. All NAfME titles are available to members from R&L Education at a 25% discount using the code NAFME25. Please note that the teacher guide encompasses many aspects of developing a school ukulele program and is not a direct "teachers guide" to the student method book.

Student Method Book

Uke Can Do It 2: Classroom Ukulele Method (2016) LOOK INSIDE

This is a book designed specifically for use in the music classroom and aimed at developing music literacy. Assuming no prior knowledge of music notation, it gradually introduces concepts in playing the ukulele along with concepts in reading music. In a leveled format, it includes:

  • Extensive pre-teaching section
  • Over 80 exercises, melodies, lead sheets, and chord charts
  • Popular music and traditional songs
  • Photographs for all hand positions
  • Composition and improvisation activities

Includes chord charts to play along live to the following original recordings:

Teacher Guide

Uke Can Do It!: Developing Your School Ukulele Program (2014) LOOK INSIDE

This is a teachers guide to developing a school ukulele program, aimed at teachers who have just started or are considering starting a program of any kind in their school. It is based on the author's own experience in developing ukulele programs as well as research into common practices in school ukulele programs worldwide.

Functioning as a handbook, it may be read cover-to-cover or also serve as a reference guide, including topics such as:

  • How to play the ukulele and learn more
  • Choosing instruments
  • Pitching a program
  • Classroom management
  • Applications in the classroom
  • Learning sequences
  • and more!


- "Well written and better than most I've seen... a meaningful effort to promote 'ukulele education." (Dr. Byron K. Yasui, ukulele virtuoso and professor emeritus of composition and music theory, The University of Hawai'i at Manoa)

- Uke Can Do It! will prove to be an invaluable resource to anyone who is thinking of starting a ukulele program at their school." (Rachel Knataitis-Dobbs, K-8 classroom music teacher, Rochester City School District, Rochester, NY

- Philip Tamberino's guide to including the ukulele as a significant component of the school music program is comprehensive, inspirational and informative...a wonderful resource for all music educators. (Victor V. Bobetsky, associate professor and Director of the Teacher Education Program in Music at Hunter College of the City University of New York)

- Uke Can Do It 2!: Classroom Ukulele Method is the perfect companion to a ukulele program in the general music setting. The layout, material and musical examples are right in line with what we want students to learn and the students are having a wonderful time while they become musically literate. I highly recommend this book for anyone starting a ukulele program in their school." (Alison Tramontana, elementary classroom music teacher, Comsewogue School District, Port Jefferson Station, NY)