Fall Classes 2013

Group Classes

Mondays 7-8:15pm Beginning Ukulele: This class is geared toward beginners and will start with the basics of holding, tuning, and strumming the ukulele. This 6 week class will teach several simple songs and leave each student with the tools to learn more songs and the chance to play music with others.
September 9-October 14 $180 Teen-Adult
Drop-in price $35

Tuesdays 6:15-7:30pm Ukulele in the Classroom Level 2: This class is for students who have completed the Level 1 book or those with strong sight-reading skills who want a more formal approach to learning music. This book is loaded with challenging pieces and is encoded with a depth of knowledge that steeps its students in a tradition of musical literacy. 12 weeks. Book and cd required, not included.
September 10-December 10 (off October 22 and November 19) $360 Teen-Adult
Drop in price $35 (no drop-ins after 4th class 10/1)

Tuesdays 7:30-8:45pm Blues Ukulele Ensemble (BLUkEStration): This 6 week series will cover the basics of blues forms, rhythm and
chord progressions. This class will incorporate many of the “ukestration” techniques I recently learned and apply them in learning and arranging songs as riffs, chords, vocals and then putting it all together as a vibrant piece of music. 6 weeks.
September 10-October 15 $180 Teen-Adult
Drop-in price $35

Wednesdays 6:30-7:45pm “Ukestration” Ensemble (Contemporary songs): This will be Austin’s first glimpse of the techniques,
approaches and songs I learned from Mark Jackson and Jane Jelbart who have had great success with their “Ukestra” in Australia. This class will focus on contemporary pop music and will break each song down into a series of parts much like an orchestra or band would. Songs by U2, Gotye, Michael Jackson and others will be “Ukestrated”. Singing is an important part of this process and is highly encouraged. 6 weeks.
September 11-October 16 $180 Teen-Adult
Drop-in price $35

Wednesdays 8-9:15pm Beginning Ukulele: This class is geared toward beginners and will start with the basics of holding, tuning, and strumming the ukulele. This 6 week class will teach several simple songs and leave each student with the tools to learn more songs and learn to play music with others.
September 11-October 16 $180 Teen-Adult
Drop-in price $35

Thursdays 5:30-6:30pm Ukulele in the Classroom Level 1: This approach to learning to read music on the ukulele has been a great success in Canada, and abroad and has already become a staple of my teaching as well. The goal is to develop musical literacy and the book utilizes an ensemble approach to differentiated parts and is very friendly to the low-G ukulele (recommended, though not required). The material includes songs from around the globe in the folk and classical tradition. Book and cd required, not included. 12 weeks
September 12- December 12 $360 Teen-Adult
Drop in price $35 (no drop-ins after 4th class 10/3)

Workshops

Thursday September 19 7-8:15pm $30
The Pentatonic Playground:
In this 75 minute class students will learn the magical 5 note scales that are common in songs of all genres. These scales are the foundation for melodies, riffs and improvisation. We will learn the notes,shapes, and fingerings of a few pentatonic scales and then apply them in various ways in multiple musical contexts. There will be some basic music theory included (no more than we can apply) and students will leave with several resources for continuing their pentatonic playing. This workshop was very popular amongst the ukulele groups I visited this summer in Bellingham, Vancouver, Seattle, Sisters, Bend, Medford, Ashland and Sacramento. Teen-Adult

Saturday September 28 3-4:15pm $25 for adults $15 for children
Ukulele for the Family: This workshop is geared toward parents and children learning together and is designed to help create the beautiful gift of music in the home. By speaking to the very different developmental and learning patterns of adults and children, I will help to unlock ways to use the strengths of each to play some simple songs together and even write your own. Children ages 5-12 welcome. (Family discounts available for 3 or more)

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