At the moment all Beanstalk Arts ukulele courses are online, with a wealth of different courses for kids and adults! Scroll down for details of our self paced kids beginner video course, or here are our options for live zoom classes this term:
11.30: Adult intermediate ukes
8.30pm: Grow up jam session
8.30pm: Grown up beginner ukes
4.15pm: Kids improvers, story playalong jam
Our online beginner’s ukulele course is 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 winter 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!
Made up of 28 bitesized play-along videos that you can watch and playalong with at your own pace whenever suits you, with all content based on years of experience teaching children how to play the ukulele in real life, our online beginner’s course is just £40 or you can buy together with a brand new makala ukadelic ukulele from my shop for £55.
What Ukulele should I buy?
For classes whilst we have some ukuleles available, we’d recommend that children do have an instrument of their own to play at home too. To start your ukulele journey, you don’t need to spend a lot of money on a fancy instrument to learn the basics, particularly as a young starter’s instrument tends to get a fair bit of bashing about! A soprano ukulele will do the job nicely, and I have a good basic starter ukulele available to buy in my online shop and you can either by the ukulele alone for £30 or get a ukulele and lessons bundle for £55 which will also give you access to the online course.
Bear in mind that new ukuleles tend to lose their tuning very quickly at first, and take a while to settle – by no means essential, you may wish to invest in an electronic tuner like this. But there are also apps you can use on your phone!
You’ll also need some colourful dot stickers to mark the chord shapes.
What about my 3 or 4 year old?
Back in real life I run a different sort of musicianship class for 3 and 4 year old which uses ukuleles and some basic first steps of playing, alongside lots of other musical instruments, singing and musical stories to do a creative musicianship course. These sessions haven’t yet quite translated into online courses – do keep an eye out here in case they do, and also just as soon as it feels possible, I’ll be running these in person again in SE London! In the meantime I have had some younger children do the online course with great success – it all depends on the children, so you’re really welcome to give it a go, and you can always preview the videos to get a bit of an idea of the tone and speed to see if it’d work for your child. I’d suggest maybe you take the videos at a slower pace than the 10 week outline and they’ll need a bit more parental support! It gets a bit more technically difficult at around the week 7 point when the F chord (which uses 2 fingers) is introduced, so you could always focus on the first half of the course for starters. Do keep an eye out here in case an more specific resources for younger learners are created!
What happens when the schools go back?
When schools go back, the online video courses will continue to operate just the same, so you can continue to learn online. Some of the interactive zoom groups will stay online (and we plan to keep these running as long as there is interest) and some will transfer into classes in SE26 (Sydenham) so do make sure you’re booking for a group that works for you. The Zoom and face to face classes have a maximum of 8 participants, and as well as the chord/song learning, we do a lot of composition, improvisation and movement too.