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1, 2, Ready, Play - Absolute Beginners Uke

Sing Create Play by Bella Ely
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In this ukulele class for absolute beginners, learners will become familiar with the parts of a ukulele and how to hold/strum a ukulele. They will also learn the names of the strings, 2 simple strumming patterns and 2 children's songs.

Class Experience

US Grade Pre-Kindergarten - 1
Beginner Level
This class is taught in English.
  • In this class, students will learn: ♪ the parts of a ukulele (strings, body, neck, frets, sound hole, tuning pegs, etc); ♪ musical terms (strumming, picking, beat, steady beat, strumming pattern); ♪ the names of the strings of a ukulele; ♪ how to keep a steady beat when playing their ukulele; ♪ 2 songs they can play straight away; ♪ 1 nursery rhyme helpful to develop a sense or rhythm when playing our ukulele.
♪  My name is Bella and I have been a teacher for 20 years. I love teaching music, guitar and ukulele to young children because it gives them a way to FIND who they are, to EXPRESS their feelings, emotions and thoughts and to LET IT GO!

♪  I have found that young children love playing musical instruments, making up their own songs, creating rhythmic patterns and learning a new musical instrument through story-type lessons. I am building each new lesson on their interests and passion, aiming not only to teach them a skill, but to develop a life-long LOVE for music, to SING, CREATE and PLAY the songs from their hearts!

♪  My classes are fun, interactive, small groups of children where each child finds their voice and shines bright! 

Passionate about music education and dedicated to shaping the musical journeys of students, Katie Campbell is a lifelong learner and professional teacher with a wealth of experience. Over the course of her career, Katie has cultivated a deep understanding of the transformative power of music, making it not just a subject of study but a catalyst for physical, mental, and emotional growth.

Katie’s foundation in music education includes a Bachelor's degree from the University of WI-Whitewater, specializing in K-12 General Music and 6-12 Choral Education. Katie taught elementary music with choir, guitar, ukulele and more for 16 years throughout Alaska, Nevada and Wisconsin. Katie has consistently gone beyond the traditional classroom setting. Her commitment to enriching experiences is evident in the extra activities she organized, including choir, musical theater, and a showcase of student skills in two school-wide concerts each year.

Katie is driven by an unwavering passion for student growth and support, a commitment that has evolved and deepened over her years of teaching and diverse experiences. Throughout her journey of educational settings, Katie has been dedicated to expanding her toolbox to effectively serve and uplift learners of all backgrounds and abilities. Katie's holistic approach ensures that her students not only excel in music but also grow as confident, empathetic individuals equipped with the skills to navigate the complexities of life. 

Bachelor’s Degree specializing in K-12 General Music and 6-12 Choral Education
Social & Emotional Learning in Music Education (2021)
A Complete Guide to Playing & Teaching Ukulele (2020)
Culturally Responsive Teaching (2010)
Yoga for Teacher’s and Students, Level 1 (2011)
Using Children’s LIterature in the Music Classroom (2011)
Orff Action: Enegerize Your Music Classroom (2011)
Orff Action: Groove Through the Year (2012)
Dalcroze Eurhhythmics and Music (2012)
Currently in a graduate program in Instructional Design & Learning Technology at the University of WI-Whitewater.
0 hours per week outside of class
Frequency: available upon request
Feedback: available upon request
Details: Practising 5 minutes a day will help with the development of the hand and fingers and strengthen the muscles required to play the ukulele and press on the frets. Students can practise the strumming techniques and the chords discussed in class. The teacher will share digital copies of the songs that we learn during our classes so students can practise those songs as well.
🌟 This is an inclusive class. Children of all abilities and disabilities are welcome. Including ADHD, Autism, Emotional Learning Disabilities, & more. Contact us with any questions or concerns regarding your learner's needs! 
 3 files available upon enrollment
A two-page handout paper with the 2 songs we will learn will be provided. ➡️ Please make sure that students need to have a TUNED ukulele for each class. Please check the course's welcome message to see how you can tune the ukulele. ➡️ Learners can use a pick, but it is not compulsory; I actually recommend the use of fingers for strumming/picking. ➡️ Please make sure you position the student, so I can see their BOTH hands when playing, ideally from the forehead to the waist, in a well-lit room. Ideally, the young learner can sit with their legs crossed on the floor, iPad/laptop on the floor at a slight angle pointing straight or downwards. ➡️ Please feel free to send me a message if you have any questions or concerns. 🎵 The teacher will provide the songs and other files (strumming and chord sheets); 🎵 Students will need a Ukulele (Soprano or Concert Standard tuning G C E A) 🎵 Ukulele Tuner App
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
This lesson is for students with a soprano, concert or tenor ukulele. 
Joined September, 2021
Teacher expertise and credentials
Tennessee Teaching Certificate in Elementary Education
Meribeth Heitbrink
Non-US Teaching Certificate in Elementary Education
Bella Ely
Ohio Teaching Certificate in Elementary Education
Carmen Collins
Colorado Teaching Certificate in Elementary Education
Holli Nelson
Wisconsin Teaching Certificate in Music/Theater/Arts
Katie Campbell
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Meets once
25 min

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Ages: 3-6
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