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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 online ukulele lessons founder reflects on why the way you feel when you play ukulele is the way you...

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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 online ukulele 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...

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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?


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

By James Hill

If you're looking for ukulele lessons online, then head to our homepage, Uketropolis has the widest selection of the best ukulele courses! From...

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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

(Psst... If you're looking for online ukulele lessons then head to the Uketropolis homepage to find the best beginner...

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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 online ukulele lesson students.

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

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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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