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Paul Cribari's Saturday Session Hand Outs for NYSSMA 2019

9:30AM: Teaching Pieces from the Music for Children Volumes

Paul Cribari's Friday Session Hand Outs for NYSSMA 2019


9:30AM: Improvision as a Means for Teaching Beginning Recorder

1:15PM: Storytelling in the Early Elementary Music Classroom

7:00PM: Responsive Teaching and Orff Schulwerk

Chris Russell's Session Handouts for Wisconsin Music Educators Associati...

Ukulele Session Notes

Richard Lawton's Session Handouts for Tennessee Music Educators Associat...

April 11 2019

3:00PM Developing The B Section: Incorporating Student Compositions

7:00PM Teaching The Blues in the Orff Classroom


April 12 2019

3:00 Ukulele String Band- Teaching Children to sing AND Play

Cak Marshall and Donna Kagan's Session Notes For Eastern NAFME 2019

Thursday April 4th

1:00PM to 2:00PM  Room 411-412:


2:00PM to 3:00PM  Room 411-412:

How To Begin A Class

 How To Begin A Class 

Lavonna Zeller-Williams-Bratschi's Session Hand Outs for NW NAFME

Friday 2/15/19

9:30 AM - 10:45 AM Incorporating Ukulele Into Your Classroom

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM Building Musicality With Ukulele

AOSA 2018

We are proud to announce that once again, Peripole, Inc. will be attending AOSA 2018 in Cincinnati as the Platinum Sponsor!

Our Educational and multicultutal Advisor Dr. Rene Boyer will be headlining with two amazing sessions: The Underground Railroad--Let's Get on Board! And We Ain't Ready 'til the Beat is Steady, as well as her evening Gospel Jubilee!

Please stop by our booth and see the amazing new instruments we will be premiering! New instruments include KoAhola Ukuleles, Latin Percussion, Tycoon and more!

Regarding Recorder Delays

To our valued customers and friends:


Recently, due to heavy typhoon activity in the Pacific Ocean, our recorder supply was interrupted, causing delays in delivery.  We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused our customers. We know how these situations can affect your educational program for the year and have been working diligently to correct the situation as quickly as possible. We want you all to know that we have taken steps to prevent this from occurring in the future, by having a much higher inventory reserve level in house.  This reserve supply will prevent delays in shipment from affecting our ability to ship recorder orders to our customers in the future.  Thank you for your patience and understanding during this recent challenge.

Spring Lesson - St. Patricks Day and Easter Bunny

Spring Lesson - St. Patrick's Day and Easter Bunny

Choosing an Ukulele for the Classroom



Choosing an Ukulele, especially for a classroom set, can be a daunting challenge.  (Please note:  I say "an" ukulele, because it is technically pronounced ookoo-laylee, and therefore gets "an" instead of "a") We always want to chose an instrument that has vibrant sound, acurate intonation, and is easy to play.  However, the word "inexpensive" is almost always synonomous with the words, "classroom set".  In other words, budget, is often a concern.

Like most instruments, with ukuleles, you ususally get what you pay for.  In general, the highest price Ukuleles ranging from over $500.00 to into the $1,000.00 plus range will not be found in the catalog of a company catering to schools and music educators.  But many excellent choices can be found in the price range a company like Peripole does cover, so lets proceed.

The main choice to be made is in what model to buy: soprano, concert, or tenor.  What are the differences?  Body and neck size, and the scale for the fretboard, are the main differences.  In fact, all three models are tuned identially (GCEA) and have the exact same pitches.  The larger body size gives the larger instrument a "fuller" sound than the small one.  However, some players prefer the sound of the smaller soprano ukulele over the larger concert or tenor models.  Usually, however, any sound differences are small, if detectable. 

Baritone and bass ukuleles are tuned entirely differently from the other three models, and therefore are not usually part of the same buying decision.  The baritone is tuned to the same notes as the highest-pitched four strings of a guitar (DGBE) for four string models, and identically to a guitar for six string models.  The bass ukulele is tuned identically to a bass guitar (EADG), but one octave higher.  These latter two models are usually reserved for higher level ensembles and groups.

Perhaps the most important distinction to be made in purchasing an ukulele is whether to buy a soprano or a concert model.  Sopranos typically have only 12 frets, whereas concerts and tenors have 18 frets.  This means that sopranos are best for chording instruments where it is not necessary to access the upper range of the instrument.  Concerts and tenors are best for more advanced skills where the player will use the upper range.  Usually, in beginner class sets, sopranos are very sufficient, but if you plan on expanding later to use the upper range, you should buy a concert model.

One other factor to consider is hand size.  Most adults can play all three, but are ideally suited to either a concert (smaller hands) or a tenor (larger hands).  Likewise, most children can play all sizes, but are ideally suited to either a soprano (smaller hands and younger grades) or a concert (larger hands and older grades).

Having covered the basics, I will now make some concrete suggestions.  All of the ukuleles offered by Peripole are very good instruments.  We have carefully screened out inferior products from our offering. Still, there are some decisions to be made. 

If you have decided that a soprano is best, the Diamond Head 7054 Maho is an excellent and economical choice, being our lowest priced instrument.  The P7055 and P7056, a little higher quality Diamond Head model is also a good choice. All Diamond Head ukuleles come with a thin gig bag.  However, the newly arrived Dean Mahogany Soprano, P7311, is another step up in quality, but an excellent value.  Although it does not come with a gig bag, one can be added, and you will still come up with a price tag lower than a similar quality Luna.  Lastly, the Luna tattloo models, P7070 and P7071 are top quality ukuleles that come with a gig bag and classy etched wood designs on the top piece of the sound box.

If you have decided that a concert model is best, then consider the Diamond Head Concert Model, P7057, the Luna P7072, or the Dean Concert Spruce, P7310 (listed in order of ascending price tag).  The Luna and the Dean are both top quality, but again the Dean, although it comes with a quality spruce top, does not have a gig bag.  Again, a gig bag can be easily added to the purchase.

Other more exotic concert models to consider (usually, with a higher price tag) are the Luna Tattoo Concert Electric (P7073 - our lowest priced model with electronics and gig bag), Dean Koa (P7312 - currently on special that includes deluxe hard case for free with purchase), and the Luna High Tide Koa (P7076 - includes gig bag).

Remember, if you need any further advice or discussion, we are only a phone call or email away!



A Dicey Little Lesson

A Dicey Little Lesson


Cak Marshall


A Dicey Little Lesson


West African Instrument Answers

Don't look at this until you've taken the West African Instrument Challenge!





Let's see how you did!

1. Djembe (A)

2. Dundunba (E-A)

3. Seke seke (G)

4. Sangban (E-B)

5. Balafon (D)

6. Ken Ken (C)

7. Kenkeni (E-C)

8. Krin (F)

9. Kese Kese or Ksing Ksing (B)

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Invite a friend to take the West African Instrument Challenge.

West African Instrument Challenge

Music educators are expected to teach music from diverse cultures which includes not only being familiar with the music, but the instruments as well. 

West African drumming is one of the most popular genres of music with both teachers and students, yet many still find it challenging to name instruments by sight and sound.

Below are the names of common West African drums and percussion instruments. Can you match them with the photos in the below PDF?

Let us know how you did. Or better yet, brag about it on FB or Twitter and invote your friends to take the challenge!

Match these names with the letter for each instrument, then click the link below to see how well you did.

Download the PDF

1. Djembe

2. Dundunba

3. Seke seke

4. Sangban

5. Balafon

6. Ken Ken

7. Kenkeni

8. Krin

9. Kese Kese or Ksing Ksing

Click here to see how you did!

A Guide to Orff Mallets - Fiberglass vs Birch Shafts

Peripole, Inc. is pleased to offer soprano (blue), alto (yellow) and bass (red) Orff Instrument mallets in two shaft materials, fiberglass, which comes as standard equipment with instruments, and birch hardwood. We are often asked which material we recommend and the truth is that each has advantages and disadvantages. We offer the following to help with your selection: Fiberglass is extremely durable and break resistant. It also has a heavier head balance, which creates a feeling like “bouncing a ball” when playing. Many teachers and clinicians prefer and recommend this kind of balance. If shafts are struck against each other or the edge of the keys or other objects, the protective coating on the shafts will eventually chip and expose the fiberglass which can splinter. Mallets must be repaired by covering or refinishing the damaged portion, or they should be replaced. Birch Hardwood is a thicker, lighter material and creates a larger more ergonomic grip and balanced feel. If the shaft material is damaged by striking each other or sharp objects, resulting imperfections are easier to see, and can be easily repaired by sanding and paint, or by covering. Birch hardwood, though quite durable with normal use, might be broken if stepped on or otherwise severely abused. Nylon is a splinter-free plastic, and remains so, even after extended use. It is more flexible than desired for longer mallets, but is optimal for shorter ones. We now use nylon for all Glockenspiel mallets.