Engaging students with composition

pedagogy corner May 18, 2020
 

We are always looking for new ideas to engage our students and what better way than to bring their own creativity into the mix?

by Cynthia Kinnunen

Last month, music educator Angela Dwyer gave us some great ideas about introducing...

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Ukulele Improv 101

pedagogy corner Apr 14, 2020
 

Note: This post is being shared during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic and makes reference to this.

These are formidable times for music educators. Many of the teaching strategies, motivational techniques and rules of engagement for...

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Avoiding Teacher Burnout in the Online Era

james' two cents Apr 06, 2020
 
 

For those of us in music education, this is a time of rapid transition from face-to-face teaching to online teaching. This brings exciting new possibilities but also new challenges. What I'd like to address in this video is the issue of ...

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Working cooperatively to develop tone

pedagogy corner Mar 09, 2020
 

These days, many adult players are looking for more. Sometimes they don’t know what ‘more’ is, but they know they want it. I believe that a place to start is helping students to identify what to listen for and as a...

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Two ideas. A million possibilities.

james' two cents Mar 04, 2020

 

In 2002 I released my first album. It was called "Playing it like it isn't" and I recorded the whole thing in my dorm room. That was the start of my career as a musician.

At that time there was no YouTube and the third wave of ukulele...

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Ergonomics and a mid-winter stretch

pedagogy corner Feb 11, 2020
 

Just as athletes have a stretching and warm-up routine, and specific ways that they learn to hold their bodies to avoid injury, so should we consider these things for ourselves as we engage in music making!  

by Cynthia Kinnunen

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Ukulele is a Cheap Vacation

james' two cents Feb 05, 2020

 

They say that firewood warms you three times: once when you're chopping it, once when you're stacking it and once again when you're burning it. Your ukulele is a lot like that.

By James Hill

Your ukulele warms you three times: once when...

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JHUI: Big Changes Ahead!

james' two cents Jan 15, 2020
 
 

There are big changes ahead for JHUI.  What are they and when will they happen?

By James Hill

It's been almost a decade since my dad and I developed the James Hill Ukulele Initiative (which most of us now call JHUI).  The idea was...

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How To Start A Song Right!

pedagogy corner Jan 10, 2020

 

One thing is for sure: the hardest part of doing anything is getting started.  Music is no different. 

By James Hill

How many times have you had trouble getting a song started?  The more players there are, the more...

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The Transformative Power of the Ukulele

james' two cents Dec 31, 2019

 

Ukulele is a transformative instrument with the power to change lives for the better.

Happy New Year wishes from James!  Uketropolis' founder reflects on why the way you feel when you play ukulele is the way you want to feel all the...

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