What I recommend . . .
Ukulele at Home
Parents, If you are interested in purchasing a ukulele for your child, below are my recommendations. I have no financial interest in Empire Music. I have owned two of these instruments for three years, and have had no problems.
In order of importance:
1. One soprano (smallest ukulele), or one concert (medium-sized), or one tenor (largest size) with Machine Machine Heads (not tuning pegs).
The tuning should be Low G, C, E, A. **Under Ukulele Tuning Options, “Please Select” pull-down menu, choose “GCEA (low G) tuning.” This is the tuning used at school.
2. A Clip-on tuner. Any clip-on guitar tuner will work.
3. Ukulele in the Classroom Book 1 C6 Tuning - Student Ed.
4. CD – Ukulele in the Classroom for Book 1 - C6 Tuning.
James Hill Ukulele Package
Same EMUS ukulele as in package #2, but includes a padded case and "Booster Uke" book with CD by James Hill
$69.98 + shipping
Look at the Emus Soprano Ukulele Package $47.98, which includes:
1 soprano (10 color choices), 1 case (thin plastic fabric -matches color of instrument), and 1 clip-on tuner
Shipping = $5.00
At a store
If you go to a music store in the area, please look for a Makala. A Mahalo uke would be OK. Makala or Mahalo would be fine, but you cannot get them with the Low G tuning that I use at school. It would still sound fine, and chord fingerings would be the same. Just know that your child will say, "But it doesn't sound just like the ukuleles at school." A few students have high G on their ukes. I don't think it bothers them much.