Create a welcoming and engaging space in your virtual classroom

pedagogy corner Aug 11, 2020
 

As with in-person classes, helping our students feel welcome and confident in the virtual space is just as important.  

By Cynthia Kinnunen

By now, most of us are figuring out how to make teaching online work for us in some way....

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Life After "Oh! Susanna"

james' two cents Jun 26, 2020
 

Black lives matter.

On June 7th, 2020 I marched alongside friends and strangers through Truro, Nova Scotia, my 4-year-old son on my shoulders. We listened, we cheered, we cried and we vowed to do better. We promised to learn....

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BEBE Tuning... Revealed!

 

There's been a lot of interest in alternate ukulele tunings lately so I wanted to share my favourite alternate tuning with you.

This is a baritone tuning but if you stick around to the end of the video I'll show you how to apply it to...

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Teaching complex chords on the ukulele

pedagogy corner Jun 16, 2020
 

Once students get a taste of new chord flavours, they will be wanting more! 

By Vinícius Vivas

Have you wondered about how to play and teach complex jazz chords on the ukulele? Or how to make simple chords sound even better?

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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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