Welcome to the Uketropolis Podcast

podcast Sep 01, 2020
 

Welcome to Uketropolis, a podcast with real ukulele answers to real ukulele questions. I'm your host, James Hill.

I'm a lifelong ukulele player, teacher and believer in the power of ukulele to make positive change in the world. I've...

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We'll get through this with music.

james' two cents Aug 26, 2020

 

It's a tough time to be a teacher. Nobody knows what the school year will bring. It could be in-person classes. It could be online lessons. It could be both. Only one thing is for certain: you don't have time to prepare for everything.

You...

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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!

james' two cents Jun 22, 2020

 

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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