Ukulele Groups for Kids!

Our joyful afterschool ukulele groups, full of musicianship skills, singing, dance, improvisation and strumming, are booking now in South East London for children in reception and above. 

Real life classes…

…are taught by Becky and Martha from Beanstalk Arts, they are joyful, musicianship based lessons, full of movement, singing, improvisation and fun, with heaps of music theory snuck in, and of course lots of ukulele skills! Our unique, creative approach to ukulele teaching folds in storytelling, composition and improvisation, as well as learning chords and strumming techniques, all built on our own tried and tested syllabus. 

There are four terms of ‘Strummers’ classes – and you’ll finish the term with a chance to show parents and carers what you’ve been up to, and get a badge and certificate. The real life lessons are supported by videos from our online course, so you can practice at home, and as well as ukulele skills, we’ll be using stories as a prompt for imagination and composition. After the four levels of strumming, children are welcome to join a  ‘Jamming’ group

Strummers 1: Total Beginners – learning C, Am and C7
Strummers 2: Improvers – building on term one, and adding F major
Strummers 3: This term works on faster chord changes and introduces G major
Strummers 4: Adding D7 in the mix, we will grow in confidence on chord changes!

JAMMERS: This is a group for more confident uke players who have done our 4 Strummers courses – our repertoire is drawn from music the children are interested in.

See the full list of classes and booking form below. As part of signing up to this course, you’ll have access to our full online syllabus of lessons too, our real life classes won’t follow this exactly, but your teachers will suggest videos to practice along to between sessions. 

We’d suggest starting at level 1, BUT if the times are more convenient and you’re happy to follow the online lessons at home in advance, you’re welcome to start at level 2 or 3. If you would like to try a trial class before committing to a term, your child is welcome to sit in on one of our classes before the Easter break – book a trial here. 

The Autumn term starts on 5th September

4.15pm Strummers 2 with Becky, Becky’s Music Room in Sydenham (SE26 4JX)
5.05pm Strummers 1 with Becky, Becky’s Music Room in Sydenham (SE26 4JX)

4.10pm Strummers 3,
 Martha at the Coplestone Centre in Peckham 
5.00pm: Strummers 1, Martha at the Coplestone Centre in Peckham 

4.10pm Strummers 3, 5pm Strummers 2
 with Martha, Becky’s Music Room in Sydenham (SE26 4JX)

Jammers, 4pm
with Becky, Becky’s Music Room in Sydenham (SE26 4JX) (this a 10 week course – scroll down to booking page as this starts on the 16th September) 

For classes in Becky’s music room, you can opt to join live OR over Zoom (although you must join live as these classes won’t be recorded)

The course is £126 (£9 a week) in real life if you pay upfront, or £10 a week if you choose to pay in instalments. 

What age are they for and how many children in each group?

These sessions are for children in reception and above – they are playful, joyful sessions with a maximum of 9 kids in our Copleston classes, and 7 kids in our home music room sessions. 

Is any musical experience required?

Nope – not for the first level! But you will require a ukulele (you can buy or borrow one as part of your sign up). 

We’ve recently done your online course, what level should we do?

The online course covers all the content for level 1 and 2, but without the group work, composition and improvisation! If you’ve completed the online course recently and your child is SUPER confident, you can go straight into level 3. If they remember the basics but it’s been a wee while, go for level 1/2 blended,  

What do the levels mean?

The ‘levels’ are a new system to help organise the groups, each 10 week course being a ‘level’. Our self paced online beginners course contains all the content for level 1 and 2 – we spread this out longer in our real life classes so that we have lots of time for composing, improvising, rehearsing and to do a little open class at the end. Take a peek at the graphics above for a more detailed description of the levels, and get in touch with any questions about this! 

Are there exams? 

Not in this syllabus! But we will do an ‘open rehearsal’ in the last session of term when grown ups are invited to come and watch, and everyone will get a badge at the end of each level to show they have completed this! 

How much practice do we need to do? 

The perennial music teaching question! You’ll get links to a few videos (the same as on our online self paced course) and song sheets, and we hope your kids will be inspired to practice a bit at hone! As with all music learning, they will get out more, the more they play. BUT I’m a mum and a realist, and for many kids this is their first step into musical instrument learning, so please don’t worry too much. I’d advise leaving the ukulele out in an accessible place so they can pick it up regularly – little and often is the key! 

What about your online course? 

Our online beginner’s ukulele course contains all the material for our level 1 and 2 course, perfect for little ones age five and up that are showing an interest in music, or maybe just need something to tempt them away from jumping on the sofa for the rest of the summer and beyond! I’ve heard lots of reports of families taking part in this course together, and at the end you can zoom in with Becky and get a badge and certificate! If you’re further afield, you can…

Preview and sign up for this course here