Ukulele Program


Our uke program is going strong.

Going into  its eighth year, the Doane Uschool Ukulele Program at John English has introduced over five hundred Gr. 3 students to this versatile instrument thanks to generous funding from our school’s parent council (SAC) and support from our teachers and administrators.

We also offer two Advanced Lunch Classes on Tuesdays at noon where students who opt to continue can hone their ukulele skills and teachers are invited to learn along with the kids.

Here are some of the highlights John English Students have experienced as part of Doane Uschool:

  • performing on the CIBC Trading Floor on Children’s Miracle Day on behalf of MusiCounts;
  • serenading the Seniors at Humber Storefront;
  • participating with schools from across the city each year on Uke Day;
  • taking part in a University of Toronto study on the pro-social effects of group music lessons.

Uke Day 2017

Every June, Uschool founder Melanie Doane invites all 2nd Year (and more advanced) students from participating schools across Toronto to play and sing together at Uke Day. This year (2017) a record 500 students took part along with Uke Master James Hill and YTV Zone Correspondent Jessie.

Check out the video links and see if you can spot the John English students and parents in the crowd!
Uschool Highlights Video | Toronto Star – Article, Video and Photo Gallery | Inside Toronto: Article and Video

It’s not too late to sign up for Uschool Lunch Class starting in Gr. 4, email for information.

To find out more about our uke program and access free practice videos, visit or contact

If you’re available to assist with set up or help kids with finger placement – on Tuesdays from 12:30-2 pm – please contact Volunteer Organizer Jane Chapman-Klein at – it’s a great way to learn the ukulele!

Ukulele in the Classroom Overview:

Melanie Doane on Teaching Kids Music:

Read the 2011 Star Article and watch the video from CIBC