Kids age 5-10
I love teaching kids! I have found that every child I teach benefits greatly from patience on my part, understanding, and celebrations of small victories. I am constantly amazed at the capabilities of those ten tiny little fingers. What begins as a clumsy, sometimes shy attempt can bloom quickly into a confident, mind blowing performance! I am so pleased to be a part of the process.
I find that the kids who have success are the those who have a parent involved in the homework activity time. Often this tends to be a special bond between one parent and the kid. Don't play for them. Keep your hands to yourself, give them moment to find the answer themselves, and you will reap the benefits of a confident little musician. If left to their own devices, kids don't get quality practice time in on a regular basis. The facts are thus; if you practice throughout the week, you will become a very good ukulele player. If you do not practice, you will not become a very good ukulele player. And you help teach your instructor a great deal of patience in the process.
So you've chosen to begin the ukulele, I understand. It's not easy making such a bold decision. Nervous? Unsure? let me guess, you "don't have an ear for music". And yet here you are. My hope is that you will begin to explore the endless caverns of Music, discovering things you never even knew you loved. Let me teach you how to teach yourself. Let's get those fingers moving, and before long youll be at the localopen mic to strut your stuff!
What you can do for me: make a list of songs you'd like to learn. Choose a genre of music to begin. No ideas? Don't worry, I've got plenty of ideas for the both of us.
I look forward to helping you!
Keep up the good work!
Teens age 11-18
Age 18 & Beyond
So you've been playing for a while now and you're tired of the same old boring strum and chords. I'd say it's time to explore some keys! Lets take a ride on the Circle of Fifths, I'll show you how to find the natural notes on the fret board, we may learn to read sheet music, TAB, transpose, modulate in and out of keys, I'll introduce you to the Relative Minors/Blues, we may do some pentatonic jamming. The sky's the limit! I'll teach you how to predict popular chord progressions; (C+ C7= F) and add dynamics to a boring song. I especially love playing Chird/melody soloing, particularly with Jazz.
It's my pleasure to help you, all you need do is ask.
Adventure time! 🌴🌺🎶🚢
In my experience, teens take one of two roads;
1) Fall in love with music and practice a great deal.
2) Procrastinate to the nth degree and learn at a snails pace.
Either way, the incredible brain tissue of the teenage mind has a capacity to absorb a great deal of information in a short amount of time. Should they so choose to turn their attention to Ukulele, I will have them strumming up a storm before long. I prefer to find musical styles that they prefer, and I especially enjoy the challenge of analyzing their song choices with them and teaching the student how to mimic the sound they hear. After all, their source is usually a full band, and we play only 4 strings, therefore we must become the band on 4 strings. Rock on!