Ukulele Classes

Intermediate Ukulele: Music of the 1950's

Susan Howell
Four Wednesdays, September 13, 20, 27, October 4
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
4 weeks, $100

Revisit gems from 1950-61, the period after the swing era but before the British invasion, including early rock, doo-wop, rhythm and blues, and honky-tonk. Learn new rhythms, chords, and licks for songs like "Why Do Fools Fall In Love?," "Rock Around the Clock," and "You Send Me." Please bring a music stand.

Intermediate Ukulele: Putting It All Together

Susan Howell
Four Wednesdays, September 13, 20, 27, October 4
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
4 weeks, $100

For intermediate players. If you know your basic chords and some strumming patterns, but feel something is missing, this is the class for you. Learn how to take a song and enhance it to become more interesting, as well as new chord forms, popular and jazzy progressions, strumming patterns, licks and riffs, and creating ear-catching endings. Please bring a music stand.

Strum Fun for Ukulele

Sunga Rose
Saturday, September 23
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
$40

Is strumming a mystery to you? Do you want to move beyond basic strums and start playing different songs and styles of music? Then it's time to get out of your strumming rut and take your playing to the next level! Learn simple strumming and picking patterns you can apply to a variety of tunes. For advanced beginners comfortable with open chords and able to make fluid chord changes. Open to all ukulele tunings.

Pick It Like Maybell!

Aaron and Nicole Keim
Monday, October 2
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
$40

For intermediate to advanced level players. Learn to play like Maybelle Carter -- on the ukulele! An early American guitar pioneer, Carter used her thumb to play the melody and fingers to strum chords and play the rhythm. Apply this technique to the ukulele for a new approach to picking!

Moving With Chords on Ukulele

Del Rey
Monday, October 2
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM
$40

For advanced beginner to intermediate strummers or pickers. Learn the four first-position chord shapes that can move you all around the fretboard, make your accompaniments sound lively, and help you find the melodies within the chords. Apply these to a blues progression as you work hands-on with Del Rey, "one of ukulele's most important players and teachers" (Ukulele Magazine, 2016). You should be comfortable with first-position and barre chords, and be able to make fluid chord changes.

Music Theory Survival Guide for Ukulele

Sunga Rose
Saturday, October 7
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
$40

Many new ukulele players are also new to the language of music. While you can play and sing lots of songs without learning this language, having a bit of music theory at your fingertips can help you progress as a player. Don't get lost again when people start talking about the one, four and five chords. Learn what a diminished chord is and not just how to play it. Build your own chords and have access to the entire fret board. Beginners welcome. Please bring a ukulele (GCEA tuning).

Beginning Ukulele 2

Susan Howell
Six Wednesdays, October 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
6 weeks, $150

If you took Beginning Ukulele 1 or know basic strumming and six to eight chords, then you’re ready for Beginning Ukulele 2! Explore different strumming patterns and rhythms as you dive into the blues, swing, calypso, and rhumba. Discover jazzier chords while learning a variety of popular songs. Please bring a music stand.

Intermediate Ukulele: The Beatles & Beyond

Susan Howell
Six Wednesdays, October 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
6 weeks, $150

Play your favorite Beatles songs as you discover the complex chords that make their songs so interesting -- and are surprisingly easy to play on ukulele! Learn the famous riffs to "Blackbird" and "Here Comes the Sun." Sing, strum, and pick your way through some of the best songs to ever come across the pond. For this class, you should be able to play in the standard keys of G, A, D, and F. Please bring a music stand.

Intermediate Ukulele: The Beatles & Beyond

Susan Howell
Six Wednesdays, October 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
6 weeks, $150

For intermediate ukulele players. Play your favorite Beatles songs as you discover the complex chords that make their songs so interesting -- and are surprisingly easy to play on ukulele! Learn the famous riffs to "Blackbird" and "Here Comes the Sun." Sing, strum, and pick your way through some of the best songs to ever come across the pond. For this class, you should be able to play in the standard keys of G, A, D, and F. Please bring a music stand.

Fingerstyle Ukulele

Mark Hanson
Saturday, October 14
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
$40

For intermediate players. Explore the world of fingerpicking the ukulele with GRAMMY® award-winner Mark Hanson. Learn a variety of useful fingerpicking patterns and develop a better understanding of ukulele chords and how to build them. Plus, play Mark's ukulele arrangements of "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," "Freight Train," and Beethoven's 9th Symphony! All sizes of ukulele are welcome.

Beginning Ukulele 1

John Leder
Five Mondays, October 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
5 weeks, $125

For the total beginner. Learn the basics of ukulele including how to hold, tune, strum, and play basic chords used in hundreds of songs. Start reading chord charts and transposing songs and even play as a group. Walk away with at least eight songs to sing for friends, family, or just for fun! Please bring a ukulele (GCEA tuning), tuner, and music stand.

Intermediate Ukulele: Beyond the Basics

John Leder
Five Mondays, October 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
5 weeks, $125

For advanced beginners to intermediate and above who are confident with basic chord progressions and strumming patterns. Review the basics then dive into learning about chord structures, transposing, and reading tablature (TAB). Start improvising and picking up new fingerpicking techniques, chord melody, and crafting intro's and outro's. And of course, walk away with new tunes!

Ukulele Ensemble

Sunga Rose
Six Tuesdays, October 17, 24, (skip Halloween), November 7, 14, 21, 28
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
6 weeks, $150

For advanced beginners. Explore singing, strumming, picking, and chord melody while focusing on select songs with separate parts then put it all together and play as an ensemble! For this class, you should be comfortable singing while strumming and making fluid chord changes. Please bring a ukulele (GCEA tuning, low G-string preferred), tuner, and music stand. Baritone ukuleles are also welcome (please let teacher know in advance)!

Ukulele Fun!-damentals 2

Sunga Rose
Six Tuesdays, October 17, 24, (skip Halloween), November 7, 14, 21, 28
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
6 weeks, $150

For advanced beginners. Have you taken Ukulele Fun!-damentals 1 or are just past beginning ukulele and ready for more? Explore melody, chords, and rhythm while continuing to develop skills for picking, strumming, and sight reading. Grow your singing voice, too! This class uses James Hill's book, Ukulele in the Classroom. For this class, you should be able to read music and play simple chords. Please bring a ukulele (GCEA tuning, low G-string preferred), tuner, and music stand.

Popular Ukulele Songs for Young Adults

Sunga Rose
Saturday, November 4
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
$40

For advanced beginners ages 11-18 comfortable playing open chords and making fluid chord changes. If you can't get enough of Twenty-One Pilots and other current bands that include ukulele, this class is for you! Learn the chords and strumming patterns to "House of Gold," "I Can't Help Falling in Love With You," and a handful of others. Please bring a ukulele (GCEA tuning).

Beginning Ukulele 2

John Leder
Five Mondays, November 20, 27, December 4, 11, 18
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
5 weeks, $125

For advanced beginners or those who have taken Beginning Ukulele 1. Start by playing familiar songs with the the basic chords and strum patterns you already know. Tackle more challenging chords, keeping a beat while strumming, and making fluid chord changes. Continue building confidence as you learn about song structure, chord families and moveable chords, new strums, and transposing, all while expanding your repertoire by adding a new tune each week! Please bring a music stand.