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 Summer and beyond!
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 £24.
Starting in September – 10 weeks of sessions running with a maximum of 8 participants
These small interactive groups use the same structure and curriculum as our Online Course, and you’ll receive access to all the videos! Then you’ll also have direct access to me as your teacher and guide, these “play-along” group sessions will be aimed at giving lots of opportunity for singing, composition, improvisation and developing musical skill.
At half an hour each week these are the perfect addition to our Online Course for Little Beginners to mix things up a bit! The classes will give a great foundation for learning other instruments (or more formal ukulele classes) further down the line, and the term of online lessons costs £60. At some point in the future we hope to also offer face to face group ukulele lessons again!
Also kicking off in September will be the next stage of lessons for the children who have come along in leaps and bounds in their Beginner’s Course, and can now approach a second term for some more comprehensive Ukulele fun times!
We are looking forward to making plans to meet up in person at some point, when it is safe and fun to do so! Fingers crossed.
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 (although if you’d like a larger instrument for a grown up, a concert or a tenor will have the same tuning but slightly bigger size and sound). In previous terms, lots of beginners have started on a mahalo 2500 (around £20 – amazon link here). My favourite starter instrument is a ‘makala dolphin’ which feels a bit sturdier (around £40 – amazon link here). Most music shops have a good selection- locally South London Music sell them and have knowledgable staff who can give you advise, if you fancy a trip to a specialist shop, the Duke or Uke in East London has a brilliant and huge range, and they’ll be able to give you lots of advice!
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.