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 with your students or ukulele group. Something that would give them a series of challenges to work through during vacation time or time...

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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 the Vault blog post, where Gord and Char Mayer—founders of Mya Moe Ukuleles—shared their advice for making sure your instrument is in...

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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 which is the best notation program for ukulele teachers or composers?

There are many notation software programs and score software that can accommodate...

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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 repertoire, you can have your cake and eat it too! 

From Ukulele Yes! March 2011 (online) 

In the Spring 2009 issue of Ukulele...

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

Uncategorized May 17, 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 Schäfer had the opportunity to have a conversation with the man who introduced ukulele into Canadian music education. You can catch up on part one...

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Let's Get Social! Social media as a tool for your music teaching business

pedagogy corner May 12, 2021


Practically everyone's on social media these days. How do we best promote your online music lessons on social media? There’s a lot to learn but we’ve got a few ideas to help get you started thinking about your online strategy with this comprehensive guide to social media strategies for online music teachers.

Whether it’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or elsewhere,...

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7 Reasons Why You Should Learn To Play The Ukulele

from the vault Apr 27, 2021


The more things change, the more they stay the same, except perhaps the price of ukuleles! This month's From the Vault is a true throwback to the original Ukulele Yes! print magazine, with an article from the very first issue in 1976 on why everyone should learn the ukulele!

Ukulele Yes! Vol. 1, No. 1. (1976). p. 13.

u.ku.le.le - It's a Hawaiian name meaning flea - (uku; insect...

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

Uncategorized Apr 21, 2021

The first of a two-part interview with Canadian ukulele education legend, J. Chalmers Doane, sharing the story of his own musical evolution and reflecting on bringing music education to thousands through this instrument for more than 50 years.  

Not so long ago, Uketropolis Team Member Zsolt Schäfer had the opportunity to have a conversation with the man who introduced...

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Teaching Alternate Tunings

pedagogy corner Apr 13, 2021


Everyone’s talking about alternate tunings on ukulele. But can we bring them into the classroom to use with our students? You bet!

Alternate tunings are a hot topic these days. James got us excited in mid-2020 when he shared his cool BEBE tuning and made the case for jumping into the alternate tuning universe. There’s a lot to be said for exploring different...

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The Cruel War

from the vault Mar 23, 2021

Each month, we'll bring back a post From the Vault that we think is worth checking out again. This month, we share a powerful traditional tune that you can really dig into, whether in your own personal learning or for teaching to your students: The Cruel War. 

A hit single in 1966 for Peter, Paul and Mary, The Cruel War is an achingly beautiful traditional melody...

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