Seven Point Guide to Why You Should Play the Ukulele

from the vault Apr 27, 2021

 

The more things change, the more they stay the same, except perhaps the price of ukuleles! This month's From the Vault is a true throwback to the original Ukulele Yes! print magazine, with an article from the very first issue in...

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The Godfather of Canadian Ukulele: J. Chalmers Doane (Part One)

Uncategorized Apr 21, 2021

The first of a two-part interview with Canadian ukulele education legend, J. Chalmers Doane, sharing the story of his own musical evolution and reflecting on bringing music education to thousands through this instrument for more than 50...

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Welcome to the Alternate Tuning Dimension

pedagogy corner Apr 13, 2021

 

Everyone’s talking about alternate tunings on ukulele. But can we bring them into the classroom to use with our students? You bet!

Alternate tunings are a hot topic these days. James got us excited in mid-2020 when he shared his...

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The Cruel War

from the vault Mar 23, 2021

Each month, we'll bring back a post From the Vault that we think is worth checking out again. This month, we share a powerful traditional tune that you can really dig into, whether in your own personal learning or for teaching to...

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Breakout Magic! (Part 2)

pedagogy corner Mar 17, 2021

 

Last month we got the conversation started around using breakout rooms in our virtual classroom platforms. This month, we have a few more ideas that you can test out with your students. Let's jump right in!

 

Team or Partner Challenges...

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Who’s ready for ukulele fun?

pedagogy corner Mar 02, 2021

 

James Hill interviews Ukulele Funbook author Zsolt Schäfer on the Uketropolis Podcast: click here to listen!

We’ve all been working hard to manage through this pandemic. As a teacher and a parent, I have found myself...

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Breakout Magic! (Part 1)

pedagogy corner Feb 18, 2021
 

Music teachers have always been innovative. Now that we’ve been thrown online for much of the past year, we’ve been trying to figure out how to create opportunities for musical engagement with our students in virtual settings.

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Chord Twins for the Jazzy Win!

pedagogy corner Dec 21, 2020
 

Jazz ukulele might feel out-of-reach for many students, especially those who are just starting out. Is there a way for us to enjoy the magic of ukulele jazz chord progressions without turning our fingers into a Twister game? The answer...

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Let’s Sing It Loud! (Or Soft!)

pedagogy corner Nov 11, 2020
 

Whether we’re trying to get a room full of 11-year-olds to belt out Rocky Mountain, or coax a group of adults to join in with Up Above My Head, some of the same activities and approaches can help! 

Our students have no...

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Podcast #10 - Suspense

podcast Nov 06, 2020

The feeling of... suspense.

It's early in the morning on November 4th, the day after the U.S. election. And there's a feeling of suspense in the air all over the world. Here in Nova Scotia, Canada, we feel it too. What is that feeling of...
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