Maker Ukulele Set

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Maker Ukulele Set

Maker Ukulele Set

Chord Hero
Music education
A kit for assembling and decorating your own ukulele

The Chord Hero Maker Ukulele Set is a kit that lets anyone assemble their own ukulele and decorate it using the included watercolors, making every instrument a unique personal creation. The kit has all required tools and materials for assembly and includes an access to the full version of Monster Chords, the mobile game that teaches how to play ukulele and guitar.

Age groups 
Middle school
High School
All education levels
Brazilian Portuguese
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
Mobile iOS
Not required
Offline play 
Playable offline
Educational Quality
Learning Goals

The pedagogical analysis covers how the product supports learning of the identified skills. The student’s role is assessed by four contrary pair parameters, which are selected to cover the most essential aspects on the use of the product.

Since the user is following instructions and building the Ukulele by themselves, the engagement of the user is really high. In order to progress they need to acquire new information, finish every step and master the tools they need to use, which is great. The product provides the Monster Chords app for practicing when you have finished building it.
The user needs to engage with the product completely while building. Also, a positive note is that the users need to replicate instructions which help them having to read and understand them to put them into practice. The product keeps up the the user's engagement and interest during the whole process.
All users will follow the same instructions and build their instrument according to them. The learning process has a clear start and finish. The students can use their creativity in painting the ukulele and decide, how much effort they put to that, but the building process itself is rather linear.
The product doesn't promote competition between users but collaboration and working towards the same goal (building a ukulele). The solution allows the user to act openly and show their own activity, which makes it also a collaborative experience.

The following are the high educational quality aspects in this product.

Building your own instrument is a great way of mixing arts and crafts education to music education
The Set comes with all necessary tools, parts and paints needed
After the building process the students can tune and play the ukulele with the Monster Chords app.

The supported learning goals are identified by matching the product with several relevant curricula descriptions on this subject area. The soft skills are definitions of learning goals most relevant for the 21st century. They are formed by taking a reference from different definitions of 21st century skills and Finnish curriculum.

Subject based learning goals

Select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing], accurately.
Retrieve and record information from non-fiction.
Build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users.
Select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing].
Checking that the text makes sense to them, discussing their understanding and explaining the meaning of words in context.

Soft skills learning goals

Developing problem solving skills
Practicing to plan and execute studies, make observations and measurements
Practicing to evaluate one's own learning
Learning to find the joy of learning and new challenges
Practicing to use arts as a way to express
Practicing fine motor skills
Practicing to observe spoken and written language
Practising visual recognition
Learning to plan and organize work processes
Practicing decision making
Learning to build information on top of previously learned
Encouraging to build new information and visions
Learning to combine information to find new innovations
Practicing logical reasoning to understand and interpret information in different forms
Practising to understand visual concepts and shapes and observe their qualities
Learning to understand and interpret diverse types of texts

The Finnish Educational Quality Certificate

Our Quality Evaluation Method is an academically sound approach to evaluating a product’s pedagogical design from the viewpoint of educational psychology.

The method has been developed with university researchers and all evaluators are carefully selected Finnish teachers with a master's degree in education.

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