The Ukulele Kids Club mission is to harness the healing power of music by supporting music therapy programs and gifting ukuleles to hospital-based music therapy programs so that children in need can be sent home with the gift of music for life.
If a soprano ukulele is placed in the hands of a hospitalized child, a miracle begins to occur. Pain will subside. A smile will appear on a child’s face. The fingers will touch a beautiful instrument of smooth and polished wood. They will feel and hear the soft vibrations of 4 nylon strings. A Board Certified Music Therapist will teach them how to play a song. They will anxiously look forward to another lesson. While watching, the parents will momentarily be transformed to a joyful place. And when each child leaves the hospital, they will be given their ukulele to take home as a gift of music for life.
Music Heals. This is a fact. This is medicine.
I am a patient at the University of Michigan Mott Children’s Hospital receiving treatment for a struggle with anorexia. I was one of the lucky patients to be given a ukulele that was donated to the hospital by your organization and I must express my profound thanks for this amazingly generous gift you gave. Playing and learning the ukulele with the music therapist was one of the few comforts during my stressful stay at the hospital. Therefore, I am very thankful for your generosity and the gift you have given me.
We can’t thank you enough for helping us make the lives of hospitalized children a more positive experience… We couldn’t do it without you.
Ukuleles are small, but their impact is large. I’m so happy and grateful for my ukulele. I keep it near me at all times, and every time I improve I feel so accomplished. Thank you so much for this opportunity, I never thought I’d ever learn to play an instrument. It relieves my stress, makes me feel good, and makes me feel talented. Thank you for your generosity and for helping me get out of my funk. I am truly grateful.
We are so very humbled and honored at UKC to have received the AMTA (American Music Therapy Association) Advocacy Award for 2015. We are firmly committed to the advancement of Music Therapy and will continue to spread awareness for the essential need for more Board Certified MTs in pediatric hospitals nationwide.
I wanted to say thank you for my ukulele. It means so much that this program exist. I lost my art talent because I haven’t drawn for months being stuck in the hospital. I’m so happy with my ukulele. I hope this program exist for a long time. Even though I left the hospital today, but the person who taught me, her name is called Stephanie, felt like my best friend. Someone I could go to while we played music. I come from Jackson hospital
Thank you. I sincerely mean it… I feel happier
A few weeks ago I paid a visit to a resident who recently went home! I went to interview her with her father for a promotional video we are putting together for the Pediatric Center, and we had some extra time after. I started playing with little Rebecca, but I had not even thought to bring my guitar! What was I thinking?! I mentioned this to her mother, and immediately she ran to Rebecca’s room and brought out the ukulele we had given her from UKC! It was wonderful to then be able to share some more music with Rebecca and brought back so many great memories of our time together, and it wasn’t until then that I think she realized who I was – through our relationship with the music. So, a sincere thank you to UKC and their donations.
Kayley wants to thank you for the ukulele… she is already playing many songs including “Dear Future Husband” by Meghan Trainor. Thanks for sharing your gift of music with Covenant Children’s Hospital in Lubbock, TX… the home of Buddy Holly!
This is Josh, your ukellele buddy. Thank you for inspiring me to play the ukellele. I have to thank you for that. My dad is buying me a ukellele!!! and I promise I will change the world just like you changed mine!!
Sincerly, Josh O.
Thank you so much for this amazing donation, we are so blessed to have someone like you in the world!
I just wanted to send you a quick hello and let you know how wonderful it has been to incorporate the ukuleles that you donated to CMHH… Thank you for all you do!
… I have so many of my chronic patients who play and practice on a regular basis in between their admissions. They are all very motivated by the ukulele. I can’t tell you how helpful it is in facilitating and accomplishing therapeutic goals. It has been so powerful!
Hello… I am 14 years old. I am presently in Florida Hospital for Children in Orlando, and I had music therapy today. The person who was doing the music therapy had brought the ukuleles that you had donated, and I wanted to say thank you for them. He had given it to me and I wanted you to know that I will put it to good use by cheering kids up. Thank you so much and God bless.
To date, more than 6,500 ukuleles have been gifted to hospitalized children.