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Engaging Music Students In Class With Less Stress

pedagogy corner Sep 22, 2021

Feeling overwhelmed in the classroom? Give yourself a break with these time-tested teaching strategies to engage your music class and keep students motivated.


You're a busy teacher. So, let's get right to it with some ideas you can use in...

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Learn To Play Hawai'i Aloha: Arrangement and Lesson

Learn to play Hawai'i Aloha on the ukulele, that you can learn for yourself and teach others. Continuing on with our recognition of the 'ukulele's birthday this week, celebrating the arrival of the Ravenscrag in Hawai'i in 1879.

Hawai'i Aloha...

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Machetes and Rajãos and Taropatches, Oh My!

from the vault Aug 24, 2021

In this month's From the Vault, we look back at John King's 2008 Ukulele Yes! article, shedding light on some of the early history of the 'ukulele and its predecessors in late-nineteenth century Hawaii.

If you enjoy learning about...

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Not too fast, not too slow. Be the Goldilocks of your classroom with "just right" pacing

pedagogy corner Aug 17, 2021

Bored students? Frustrated students? Rhythm and pacing in our classes can help keep players engaged and learning.

Learn how to organize and structure your music lessons properly. With a bit of planning and observation, we can create music...

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How to Lead a Great Ukulele Jam

from the vault Jul 20, 2021
Though this From the Vault post is from December 2011—nearly ten years ago—the basics of how to lead a ukulele jam still apply! As we slowly begin to see opportunities to get back together in person, or even if we continue with virtual...
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Ukulele Summer Bingo!

pedagogy corner Jul 05, 2021

Looking for a summer activity for your students or ukulele group? Something fun that will keep them learning? Uketropolis Summer Bingo challenge to the rescue!

We thought it would be a whole lot of summer fun to create an activity for you to share...

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How To Take Care Of Your Ukulele

from the vault Jun 22, 2021

From Ukulele Yes! March 2011 (online)

You bought your ukulele to play it. It is made to be used. In fact, a strong argument can be made that playing it will keep it in better condition. Some wisdom for caring for your ukulele in this month's From...

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What's the score? Music Notation software for ukulele teachers

pedagogy corner Jun 16, 2021

Music notation software can be an incredibly useful tool. Creating arrangements, multiple parts, printing, sharing, transposing... these are all things that can be made more efficient and professional-looking with the right notation program. So...

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What Makes a "Teachable" Song On The Ukulele

from the vault May 26, 2021

There's a difference between "a good song" and "a good song for teaching music." This month's From the Vault features our very own James Hill exploring what it means for a song to be "teachable," concluding that when it comes to choosing...

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

Uncategorized May 18, 2021

In part two of our interview with Canada’s godfather of ukulele, J. Chalmers Doane continues sharing his experience of bringing our favourite instrument into schools and communities across Canada. 

Uketropolis Team Member Zsolt...

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