Ukulele program helping students in Arizona

Posted at 8:57 AM, Apr 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-19 12:53:17-04

Inclusion and friendship are two incredibly important things in life, especially in high school. 

ABC15 Mornings' Danielle Lerner got a closer look at a new arts program helping students in Arizona experience both.

Emma Shores loves the ukulele.

"It is my favorite thing to do," she said.

The Liberty High School senior is also loving the school's new Unified Arts program.

"It's pretty amazing the magic that happens with these kids," said Special Education teacher Natalie Quinn-Peters.

Magic through music -- the Ukulele Curriculum launched last fall and brings both special education and general education students together for lessons that go far beyond tabs and chords.

"We have a lot of kids that are non-verbal and all of a sudden words come out of them," said Quinn-Peters.  "If they can't speak, they can strum and you saw some of them had a hard time but we adapt."

They're instruments for success both in and outside the classroom.