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Holiday Helpers! Musical activities for in-class or at-home

pedagogy corner Dec 07, 2021

 

Looking for something to give your students during the final days of classes before the holiday break? Or perhaps a take-home project they can work on? The Uketropolis Team has a few ideas to help keep your students busy!

It's...

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Do You Have Holiday Jamxiety?

pedagogy corner Nov 17, 2021

The holidays are approaching and with that (ideally) comes opportunities to make music together, lifting spirits and connecting our festive hearts. But who’s going to start the music-making once the big holiday dinner is done?

Being the...

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When Things Go Off the Rails: Rolling With It

pedagogy corner Oct 19, 2021

We all have moments in our teaching when something just doesn't go as planned. In fact, sometimes an entire lesson can feel like it goes off the rails. How can we plan for the unexpected?

I recently had an experience of a class not going as...

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Engaging classrooms with less stress

pedagogy corner Sep 22, 2021

Feeling overwhelmed in the classroom? Give yourself a break with these time-tested teaching strategies.


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

Bring expert support into your...

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Hawai'i Aloha Arrangement and Lesson

Continuing on with our recognition of the 'ukulele's birthday this week, celebrating the arrival of the Ravenscrag in Hawai'i in 1879, here is an arrangement of the beautiful song, Hawai'i Aloha. Learn it for yourself and teach it to...

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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.

With a bit of planning and observation, we can create music classes that keep everyone on track. Let’s take a look at some...

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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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What's the score? Notation programs for ukulele teachers

pedagogy corner Jun 16, 2021

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...

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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 use these platforms as marketing tools for music teaching? There’s a lot to learn but we’ve got a few ideas to help get you started thinking about your...

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Welcome to the Alternate Tuning Dimension

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...

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