MUSIC CLASS: Students Learn The Ukulele

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Over the years, more schools cut back on their arts education programs.

But thanks to donations from strangers, one Davenport school has a music program with a unique sound.

Cuts in the school budget left a music teacher to take measures into his own hands.

A new kind of after-school club has kids playing the ukulele.  The unique instrument is easier to teach and is popular with students, said music teacher Dan Pepper.

Students have embraced the club and are excited about learning how to play.  There is even a waiting list for the club this year.

The next step is for his students to start performing concerts and at games, Pepper said.  In November, the group will go to Ames to watch the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.