What the Heck is Clawhammer?

james' two cents 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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Meet the Teacher: Cynthia Kinnunen

pedagogy corner Jun 02, 2019

This month, Cynthia Kinnunen shares some thoughts on using the Ukulele in the Classroom methodology with her adult students.

As you know, one of the beautiful things about the ukulele is that a wide range of people – from children...

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Ukulele Games!

pedagogy corner May 02, 2019

This month, some ukulele games that will have your students thinking about notes!

By Suzanne Doane

Students love games and it’s a fun way to get a technique across while keeping the class light and lively. Here are some that I like to...

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Meet the Teacher: Kevin Carroll

pedagogy corner Apr 02, 2019

JHUI Level 3 Certified Teacher Kevin Carroll shares his experience with arranging for ukulele ensemble.

By Kevin Carroll

As a proud member of the JHUI Level 3 class of ’15, I still remember the moment when I was just...

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Meet the Teacher: Gary Peare

pedagogy corner Feb 06, 2019

JHUI Level 3 Certified Teacher Gary Peare shares some quick insights into what’s working in his teaching programs.

By Gary Peare

I’ve been teaching a combination of private lessons and adult group classes at Lamorinda Music in...

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Get Those Ears Working!

pedagogy corner Mar 02, 2018

This month we look at some fun ideas for incorporating ear training into your classes.

By Cynthia Kinnunen and Angela Dwyer

Making music involves a number of different skills, which is why we employ a variety of teaching strategies to...

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