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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Podcast #9 - Eve Goldberg Interview

podcast Oct 28, 2020

The first Uketropolis interview! Meet Eve Goldberg, musician, activist, teacher and songwriter. Find out more at www.evegoldberg.com.

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Healing Songs for Troubled Times

pedagogy corner Oct 19, 2020
 

We all know that music has a lot of power. It can influence our mood, our mental health, our physical well-being, improve brain function, strengthen motor skills… the list goes on and on. As teachers and leaders, we see these...

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Podcast #5 - Searching for the key

podcast Oct 01, 2020
 

1) Why rolling a chord can save your bacon. 2) Why The Ukulele Way is colour-coded and what the colours mean. 3) How to "sleuth out" the key of a melody when you only have the notes to work with.

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James P. on "Lesson 5: Streets of...
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Podcast #4 - Practise with your eyes closed. Seriously.

podcast Sep 23, 2020
 

1) Why you should practise with your eyes closed. 2) Simple music theory that can really help. 3) The two ways – yes, there are only two – to create chord-melody arrangements.

Barbara on "Lesson 5: Carnival of Venice...
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Podcast #3 - Pinkie on C?

podcast Sep 16, 2020
 

1) How to tune ukuleles in the time of COVID? 2) Why use your pinkie to play the C chord? 3) What chords are you using to accompany the C scale?

Susan on "My Open Strings: Highlights"
I am starting with my grade 9s tomorrow. I tuned them...
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Keep students engaged at home and make practice fun!

pedagogy corner Sep 15, 2020
 

How can we keep students engaged when they leave our classes and help make their music practice fun? 

By Cynthia Kinnunen

You’re working harder than ever to bring learning to your students, whether in physical classrooms or...

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