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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What the Heck is Clawhammer?

player's path Oct 01, 2019

Clawhammer is an old and beautiful playing technique that could change your life.

By James Hill

It probably comes from West Africa and is used extensively in "old-time" banjo playing, a style that developed in 18th and 19th century America...

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Starting the school year right

pedagogy corner Sep 02, 2019

Here are a few ideas to help get your ukulele students back in the groove for the new school year.

By Angela Dwyer

It’s September! Here in Canada it means that beach days and bar-b-ques are replaced by school days and sweater...

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Meet the Teacher: John Nash

pedagogy corner Aug 01, 2019

John explains the impact of the JHUI Teacher Certification program on his own teaching.

I entered the JHUI Teacher Certification program in the summer 2017 and it had an immediate impact on my teaching. I was not only gaining...

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You can’t take a piano to the beach! Things my teacher tells me.

pedagogy corner Jul 02, 2019

This month, Angela Dwyer shares some ideas she’s learned from her teacher, J. Chalmers Doane.

For me, part of being a good teacher is taking the time to be a student and I am fortunate to be part of the James Hill Ukulele Initiative...

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