Uschool students in class  Facebook photo
Uschool students in class Facebook photo

Doane Uschool and Jann Arden Fundraise for United Way

On February 5, 165 ukulele students from Doane Uschool and Jann Arden recorded the song Try a Little Kindness at the renowned Revolution Recording studio in Toronto. The song was originally intended to raise money for Doane Uschool, a children’s music education charity, and to showcase its talented students, but the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic changed that plan.

When Covid-19 hit, Jann Arden, Uschool Founder Melanie Doane and the group of students involved felt the need to share their song to raise money for other kids and families and to inspire everyone to share kindness in their own ways. A proud supporter of Uschool, Sun Life has pledged $150,000 of their COVID-19 donation to United Way Centraide. Through their Share Kindness campaign, Uschool will also be raising money for United Way Centraide.

“I’m so proud of our students helping other kids with their music at a time when we are all thinking of how we can be kind to one another,” said Uschool Founder Melanie Doane in a press release. Try a Little Kindness is the second song release of the Doane Uschool Sessions (Joy to the World with the Barenaked Ladies was the first) raising funds to support the charitable work of Doane Uschool. Uschool is a subsidized music program delivering weekly lessons to over 900 city students, regardless of their financial circumstances.

Uschool now invites everyone to visit to download the free track, view the “behind-the-scenes” video and to share it widely with the hash tag #sharekindnessforkids . Voluntary donations are encouraged to United Way Centraide across the country through a link at

Made possible by the generous support of Jann Arden, and presented by Uschool’s Sponsor, Sun Life, and with assistance from Revolution Recording in Toronto.

About Doane USchool

Doane Uschool is a charitable organization committed to offering high-quality music education to children regardless of their financial circumstances. Founded by Juno Award winners Melanie Doane and Timothy Luginbühl, Uschool is now serving over 900 students citywide in 55 weekly classes. Uschool students have performed with Sarah McLachlan, Grace VanderWaal, Chris Hadfield (International Space Station), The Writer’s Trust (Margaret Atwood’s Birthday Celebration), with Emily-Claire Barlow, at Luminato, and at The Pan Am Games. To find out more and support their mission visit

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