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Ukulele Lessons

The ukulele is commonly associated with music from Hawaii where the name roughly translates as “jumping flea”. Perhaps this is because of the movement of the player’s fingers? Legend attributes it to the nickname of the Englishman Edward William Purvis, one of KingKalākaua’s officers. He was small in size and had a fidgety manner but was quite the expert player! According to Queen Liliʻuokalani, the last Hawaiian monarch, the name means “the gift that came here”.  To book for ukulele lessons, Contact us!

 

UKULELE – FOUNDATION PHASE

Students learn the fundamentals of playing, ear training and notation. This includes correct posture and practical technique. They are introduced to reading notes, as well as counting rhythms and basic symbols. They work on learning how to practice effectively and also develop routines to support their progress. If they have some experience on the instrument already, these skills are refined. This phase allows students to see if they enjoy the instrument and find out if they are compatible with their teacher. Music lessons are a commitment so above all this phase can show how well students can incorporate lessons and practice into their lifestyle.

UKULELE – STREAMS PHASE

Contemporary Stream

Students who elect to do the CONTEMPORARY STREAM work on one of the following various styles: Pop, Rock, Soul, RnB, Music Theatre etc. They build on the technique they developed in the FOUNDATION phase and develop an understanding of the symbols, markings and techniques. Students are encouraged to learn about different artists within the style and additionally, they expand their skills to basic chords and playing patterns.

UKULELE – PERFORMANCE PHASE

Students perform pieces they have worked on in the previous STREAM phase or similarly new pieces from the same style as a soloist or part of an ensemble. Students learn how to plan chunked practice as they move towards performance. This might include problem-solving as well as progression points. With their teachers, students talk about managing nerves, improving concentration and furthermore their growth as performers. Students can perform publicly at Chasing Sound events or be recorded in lessons — a product of the phase.

UKULELE – SPECIALISATION PHASE

Students can revisit and expand upon a style they worked through in the earlier STREAMS phase. Alternatively, they can take a creative step forward into song-writing, composition or improvisation. This stream allows a student to consolidate the work they have done in the previous phases. Students would not be able to transition into this phase without having done the others in order.

UKULELE – SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING PHASE

Empowered with the relevant skills, stylistic understanding and self-awareness, students direct their own musical pathways. They do so with the support of their Chasing Sound Music School teacher and community.