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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Intervalactic, Auditory… Teaching Intervals by Ear

pedagogy corner Dec 02, 2019
 

Why is it so important to teach intervals and how can we do it? Cynthia Kinnunen gives us some ideas to engage our students.

By Cynthia Kinnunen

Intervals are building blocks of music. We create music either by harmonizing two or more notes...

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The Beat on Teaching Rhythm

pedagogy corner Nov 04, 2019
 

How can we incorporate one of the most important elements of music into our classes? Cheryl Reid gives us the beat on teaching rhythm.

By Cheryl Reid

Our main goal as music instructors is to teach musicianship, so every single exercise we...

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Meet the Teacher: Christina O’Brien

pedagogy corner Oct 02, 2019
 

Christina shares some of her experience using Ukulele in the Classroom… in the classroom!

Ukulele has been hands down the BEST instrument I have used to build music literacy skills in the classroom.  After hearing about James...

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