Posted 2/07/17 (Tue)
By Cecile Wehrman
An instrument with the reputation of a toy is providing Tioga students with an introduction to string instruments.
Central Elementary School Music Teacher Michael Osthus organized a Ukulele Club after receiving money from the Tioga Endowment Fund to purchase ukeleles to use with students willing to commit to a 6-week immersion in learning the instrument.
As Osthus strums what looks like a real miniature guitar, the sound is amazingly melodic -- not tinny or toy-sounding at all.
“It’s gotten a reputation as a toy instrument, but it still can be used as a good solo instrument, a good ensemble instrument,” said Osthus, who can pretty quickly tune one of the instruments by ear.