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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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Breakout Magic! (Part 2)

pedagogy corner Mar 17, 2021

 

Last month we got the conversation started around using breakout rooms in our virtual classroom platforms. This month, we have a few more ideas that you can test out with your students. Let's jump right in!

 

Team or Partner Challenges...

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Who’s ready for ukulele fun?

pedagogy corner Mar 02, 2021

 

James Hill interviews Ukulele Funbook author Zsolt Schäfer on the Uketropolis Podcast: click here to listen!

We’ve all been working hard to manage through this pandemic. As a teacher and a parent, I have found myself...

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Breakout Magic! (Part 1)

pedagogy corner Feb 18, 2021
 

Music teachers have always been innovative. Now that we’ve been thrown online for much of the past year, we’ve been trying to figure out how to create opportunities for musical engagement with our students in virtual settings.

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Chord Twins for the Jazzy Win!

pedagogy corner Dec 21, 2020
 

Jazz ukulele might feel out-of-reach for many students, especially those who are just starting out. Is there a way for us to enjoy the magic of ukulele jazz chord progressions without turning our fingers into a Twister game? The answer...

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Let’s Sing It Loud! (Or Soft!)

pedagogy corner Nov 11, 2020
 

Whether we’re trying to get a room full of 11-year-olds to belt out Rocky Mountain, or coax a group of adults to join in with Up Above My Head, some of the same activities and approaches can help! 

Our students have no...

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Healing Songs for Troubled Times

pedagogy corner Oct 19, 2020
 

We all know that music has a lot of power. It can influence our mood, our mental health, our physical well-being, improve brain function, strengthen motor skills… the list goes on and on. As teachers and leaders, we see these...

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