Ukulele Classes, Workshops & Shenanigans

All classes will be held online via Zoom. It's still a hoot and you'll have fun learning to play the uke!
All classes, workshops, Shenanigans, and private lessons make great gifts for that special someone on your list who is getting a ukulele. Email me for details!
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Free Community Gratitude Shenanigan!

There has been so much good about 2020, too often eclipsed by the harder parts. Rebecca Padula and I would like to celebrate this great year of playing the ukulele with so many amazing people, so we're hosting a FREE Community Gratitude Shenanigan for all levels of playing! The Friday after Thanksgiving (11/27), we'll start at 6:30 with 45 minutes of easy favorites that beginners will love. At 7:15 we'll start mixing in some more challenging tunes and anything on the NEW, UPDATED Shenanigan List with 212 songs on it (!!) is fair game. How it works: Rebecca and I will lead the songs, everyone else is muted - but between the songs feel free to unmute to request songs, chat, ask questions, celebrate victories.

We'll have three slots open for anyone who wants to lead a tune. Deadline: High noon on Wednesday, 11/25 - include song sheet PDF to share with others (must have readable chord images for all chords (drawn-in is fine).
 

Christmas Holiday Tune-Up

Now's the perfect time to get some holiday tunes down in time for ... the holidays! Join Rebecca Padula and me for 3 lighthearted evenings of learning and playing Christmas holiday tunes on the ukulele. We'll tackle troublesome chord changes, explore strummalicious options for locking into beats and rhythms, and we'll have lots of play-time practice so you'll have 'em down in time for the Big Day! This class will contain songs for beginners and intermediate-level players. It will help if you have a basic strum and can change with some amount of ease among chords in the Key of C (C, F, G, Am), the Key of G (G, C, D, Em), the Key of A (A, D, E7, F#m [which is easy-peasy]), and Key of D (D, G, A). Those won't be the only chords, of course, but that's enough to get us started!

  • WHEN: Thursdays, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Dec. 3, 10 & 17

  • WHERE: Zoom

  • COST: 3 sessions - $15 total. Sessions will be recorded and available for viewing/downloading for a week after class.

  • REGISTRATION: Email ukuleleclare@gmail.com 

Weekly Ukulele Shenanigans and NEW! Slow & Easy Jamnanigan

There are now two levels of Shenanigans: The regular Shenanigans, where we play a wide range of songs, pretty much at speed, some songs with challenging chords - plus the NEW Slow & Easy Jamnanigans stick with good ol' basic chords, with songs at a nice, relaxed pace. Either way, it's a fun opportunity to lift your spirits and improve your playing. Anyone can join with any instrument or just sing along. Between songs, I'll answer questions about ukulele technique to help you grow your abilities as we go. In this Shenanigan series, we'll draw from the Shenanigan Packet but it's fair game to request tunes from this expanded list. Everyone will be muted except for me or whoever is leading a song. I'll screen-share chords and lyrics for all the songs we play. If you would like to lead a song, please email me at least 3 days in advance and include the song sheet, which I'll share. In all sessions, the goal will be to have as much fun as possible!

  • SHENANIGANS: Wednesdays, 6:00 - 7:15 p.m.,  Dec. 2, 9, 16, 30; Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27; Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24
    Where: Zoom
    Cost $5 per Shenanigan
    Registration: Email ukuleleclare@gmail.com

  • SLOW & EASY JAMNANIGANS: Fridays, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.,  Dec. 4, 11, 18; Jan. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 (possibly to be continued)
    Where: Zoom
    Cost: $5 per Shenanigan
    Registration: Email ukuleleclare@gmail.com


Pre-school sing-along language learning sessions

One of the best ways to learn a language is through song and we have a giggly time singing, dancing, wiggling, and clapping along. Monthly themes reinforce key vocabulary with visuals to help participants acquire language in a fun, stimulating, and encouraging environment. Studies show that language acquisition is aided by music ... and fun! These sessions are designed to help kids get ready for school and life by learning, remembering, and using the English language. This program is offered through the Aldea Online School's curriculum, developed by school founder Cath Bordeau, M.Ed. While the songs are based on pre-school learning and fun, anyone of any age is welcome to participate!

  • WHEN: Fridays, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m., Nov. 13, 20 & 27; Dec. 4, 11 & 18; Jan. 8, 15, 22 & 29

  • WHERE: Zoom

  • COST: Monthly package: $5. 

  • REGISTRATION: Register through Aldea Online School
     

Live online ADULT LEVEL 1 Ukulele Course

Four-week Level 1 classes are for folks who have never played the ukulele or who want a refresher of the basics. It's light-hearted and fun, and we cover how to hold the uke, strum it, form chords (Am, C, D, Em, F, G & G7), and play songs. You don't have to have any musical experience for this class - just a song in your heart and eagerness to learn. After each class, I will email a class recap. (NOTE to baritone uke players: We don't cover baritone chords in this class.) This class is online and live using Zoom, so there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions and get help. Geared for adults ages 18+.
 

MONDAYS

  • Jan. 25, Feb. 1, 8 & 15 - 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., (Feb 22 power outage make-up class) 
    WHERE: Online via Zoom - you will receive a link and song packet when you register. 

    REGISTRATION: Register through UVM's OLLI program. 
    COST: $40 (OLLI member)/$60

TUESDAYS

  • Jan. 5, 12, 19 & 26 - 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., (Feb 2 power outage make-up class) 
    WHERE: Online via Zoom - you will receive a link and song packet when you register. 

    REGISTRATION: Email ukuleleclare@gmail.com - I will send payment information. 
    Registration closes at 5 p.m. on Jan. 4
    COST: $45
     

Live online ADULT LEVEL 2 Ukulele Classes

Four-week Level 2 classes delve into various techniques to improve strumming, moving smoothly among chords, and playing well with others. You'll pick up some tricks and tips that will help make you a stronger, more confident player. Please be familiar with maintaining a basic strum and be able to move with relative ease among these chords: Am, C, D, Em, F, G & G7 (chord chart available on this page). This class is online and live through Zoom, so there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions and get help. NOTE to baritone uke players: We don't cover baritone chords in this class. Geared for adults ages 18+.

MONDAYS

TUESDAYS

  • Nov. 10, 17, Dec. 1, 8 - 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
    COST: $65  -  
    REGISTRATION: Register through CVU Access.

  • Jan. 5, 12, 19 & 26, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., (Feb 2 power outage make-up class) 
    WHERE: Online via Zoom - you will receive a link and song packet when you register. 
    REGISTRATION: Email ukuleleclare@gmail.com - I will send payment info. Registration closes at 5 p.m., Jan. 4
    COST: $45

  • March 16, 23, 30, April 6 - 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. (power outage make-up day: April 13)
    COST: $65 
    REGISTRATION: Register through CVU Access.

THURSDAYS

  • Jan. 7, 14, 21 & 28, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., (Feb 4 power outage make-up class) 
    WHERE: Online via Zoom - you will receive a link and song packet when you register. 

    REGISTRATION: Email ukuleleclare@gmail.com - I will send payment info. 
    Registration closes at 5 p.m. the day before class starts

    COST: $45

  • Feb. 11, 18, 25 & March 4, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. (March 11 power outage make-up class)
    WHERE: Online via Zoom - you will receive a link and song packet when you register. 

    REGISTRATION: Email ukuleleclare@gmail.com - I will send payment info. 
    Registration closes at 5 p.m. the day before class starts
    COST: $45

Live online SKILLBUILDER SESSIONS

These 3- and 4-week courses offer a deep dive into specific techniques. Geared for adults ages 18+.

  • LEARN FUN SEASONAL CHILDREN'S SONGS

    If you play the ukulele and have young'uns in your life, ya gotta learn some seasonal and thematic songs for kids, whether you're Facetiming or Zooming or, best of all, in person - especially when the holidays are barrelling into view. We'll work on a handful of songs in each class and you'll come away with a nice roster of songs you can play so the kiddos can sing and dance along. NOTE to baritone uke players: We don't cover baritone chords in this class. Geared for adults age 18+.

    ABILITY LEVEL: This is NOT a sing-along. We will be doing lots of singing and playing, but it is a focused learning class geared for adults with ukulele experience, so it will move too quickly for kids to participate. YOU can have fun teaching them to kids if they want to learn! 
    It will really help if you can play chords in the Key of C (C, Am, F, G7), the Key of G (G, C, D, Em), and the Key of A (A, D, E7, F#m [which is easier than it looks!]) with relative ease, and are able to maintain a regular strum.

    COST: $7 for each 1-hour session, $25 for all four November & December sessions.
    REGISTRATION: Email ukuleleclare@gmail.com
    - I will send payment information. 
    Registration closes at 5 p.m. the day before class.

    == THEMES ==
    Songs of Thanksgiving and Gratitude
    WHEN: Monday, Nov. 16 at 11:00 a.m. & Thursday, Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. 
    WHERE: Online via Zoom - you will receive a link when you register. 
    Songs of Christmas and Joy
    WHEN: Monday, Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m. & Thursday, Dec. 17 at 11 a.m. 
    WHERE: Online via Zoom - you will receive a link when you register. 

 

  • SING & PLAY TUNE-UP
    You may have learned how to play the ukulele but still feel that you could use more focus on coordinating strumming and singing. In this 3-week course, we'll use the basic down-up and shuffle strums on familiar songs to build coordination and confidence. ABILITY LEVEL: It will really help if you can play chords in the Key of C (C, Am, F, G7) and the Key of G (G, C, D, Em) with relative ease, and are able to maintain a regular strum. NOTE to baritone uke players: We don't cover baritone chords in this class. Geared for adults ages 18+.
    WHEN: Mondays, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Jan 5, 12 & 19 (Jan. 26 power outage make-up class)
    WHERE: Online via Zoom - you will receive a link and song packet when you register. 
    COST: $35
    REGISTRATION: Email ukuleleclare@gmail.com - I will send payment information. 
    Registration closes at 5 p.m. the day before the first class.
     

  • FIND YOUR GROOVE: Focus on right-hand technique
    Bored with your same ol' strum? Synch your strum in fresh ways to your favorite folk, rock, country, swing, and blues tunes. Singer-songwriter Rebecca Padula will join us in this 4-week class as we explore strumming strategies and right-hand technique. ABILITY LEVEL: Be able to switch among chords with relative ease in the keys of C (C, Am, F, G7); G (G, C, D, Em), and A (A, D, E, F#m [easier than it looks]), and maintain a regular strum. NOTE to baritone uke players: We don't cover baritone chords in this class. Geared for adults age 18+.
    WHEN: Thursdays, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Jan 7, 14, 21 & 28 (Feb. 4 power outage make-up class)
    WHERE: Online via Zoom - you will receive a link and song packet when you register. 
    COST: $45
    REGISTRATION: Email ukuleleclare@gmail.com - I will send payment information. 
    Registration closes at 5 p.m. the day before the first class.
     

  • FINGERPICKING

    In this 3-week course, you'll learn a variety of fingerpicking patterns, including 1- 2- 3- and 4-finger rolls, frails, and walk-downs. We'll work on tunes from a variety of genres, including folk, pop, Celtic, bluegrass, and classical. This class is for anyone interested in exploring this style of playing, but it's helpful to already be comfortable strumming and making basic chords, including A, Am, C, D, Dm, D7, E7, F, G, and G7. 
    NOTE: We don't cover baritone chords in this class and it's geared for high-G tunings, but the basic principles apply to all instruments. This class is online and live through Zoom, so there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions and get help. Geared for adults ages 18+.
    WHERE: Online via Zoom - you will receive a link, song packet, and payment when you register. 
    COST: $35

    REGISTRATION: Email ukuleleclare@gmail.com - I will send payment information. 
    Registration closes at 5 p.m. the day before the first class.

=== SATURDAYS ===
January 9, 16 & 23 at 4:00 p.m. (power outage make-up class on 1/30)
=== MONDAYS ===

February 8, 15 & 22 at 3:30 p.m. (power outage make-up class on 3/1) 

  • LEARN A SONG BY HEART: "Three Little Birds" and "Under the Boardwalk" It's not as hard as you may think to learn a song by heart. Learn a few techniques that you can apply to any song and you'll be playing without song sheets in no time. You don't HAVE to give up your song sheets - these techniques also help you play more smoothly even if you never give 'em up.
    ABILITY LEVEL: Be able to switch among chords with relative ease in the Key of C (C, Am, F, G7) and the Key of G (G, C, D, Em) and maintain a regular strum. NOTE to baritone uke players: We don't cover baritone chords in this class. Geared for adults age 18+.
    WHEN: Tuesdays, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Feb. 9, 16 & 23 (March 2 power outage make-up class)
    WHERE: Online via Zoom - you will receive a link and song packet when you register. 
    COST: $25
    REGISTRATION: Email ukuleleclare@gmail.com - I will send payment information. Registration closes at 5 p.m. the day before the first class.

  • EVERYONE'S IRISH ON ST. PATRICK'S DAY!

    In this 3-week course, we'll practice playing some Irish favorites, learning new chords and get that quintessential 6/8 Celtic timing down pat. Wet your whistle with your favorite Irish whiskey or brew and we'll have a lark of a time! Before the start of the course, work on smooth transitions among these chords for best results: A, Am, C, D, Dm, D7, E7, Em, F, F#m, G, G7, Gm. NOTE to baritone uke players: We don't cover baritone chords in this class. Geared for adults age 18+.
    WHEN: Feb. 25, March 4 & 11, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. (power outage make-up class on Saturday, March 13)
    WHERE: Online via Zoom - you will receive a link and song packet when you register. 

    COST: $25
    REGISTRATION: Email ukuleleclare@gmail.com - I will send payment information. 
    Registration closes at 5 p.m. the day before the first class.

Classes for kids

I currently don't have any group classes on the docket. I do offer private lessons for kids, year 'round.

 

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