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Ukelele Club helps students fine tune musical skills

Band director instigates joy and worship with hymns and songs
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Mallory Friesen

For students who want to add a little joy and fun to their schedule, the Ukulele Club is a great place to to learn a new hobby. The club meets on Tuesdays at lunch and teaches players from all skill levels – beginners to advanced – how to play new songs and hymns. 

Freshman Chara Jacobs has been playing for four years, but is still gaining new lessons and experiences in her time at Ukulele Club. 

“I’ve learned that bonding while playing with other people, teaches me how to stay in tune with them, and it’s more fun playing with a group rather than by yourself,” Jacobs said. ”You can learn a lot of musical theory from it and use it as a building block for more advanced instruments.”

The club is run by band director Lindsey Clarno. Clarno has been instructing the club for two years now after learning how to play on Zoom during the pandemic. Zoom allowed her and her daughter to worship together and play like their own small ensemble. 

The ukulele is a fun instrument to learn and can teach you a lot about music. It’s a good start into the music world and a quick skill students can easily pick up.

Clarno likes to start with more basic tunes like folk songs, that only take a couple of chords. Once the players improve, they add in songs like “Jesus Loves Me’” and “Amazing Grace.” 

“I love teaching the hymns because bringing them onto the ukulele takes it out of the piano and organ theme that has been done for so many years in the church,” Clarno said. “It brings it into light, and makes it upbeat and worshipful.” 

As the group continues to meet, Clarno has more she wants to accomplish with this year’s club. 

“My goal is that we will all be able to worship together and learn new songs each week,” Clarno said. “The more we practice the more improvement will be shown.”

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Julianna Briggs
Julianna Briggs, Journalist
Julianna Briggs, ‘26, known as Lala, is a first-year journalist and videographer for The Feather. Briggs aspires to improve her writing skills, video editing, time management, and teamwork. She is excited that The Feather will help prepare her for college and act as the building block for more advanced classes in the future. Briggs plays as a defender on the school volleyball and basketball teams.
Mallory Friesen
Mallory Friesen, Photo Editor
Mallory Friesen returns to The Feather for her second year as a photojournalist hoping to improve her skills. As a ‘lifer’ at Fresno Christian, you can find her on the soccer field or cheer mat. Friesen hopes to attend college and continue her creativity by traveling the world and using her photography skills. 
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