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Learn the Ukulele

Learn the Ukulele | Instructor: Samantha De Benedet

This hands-on course introduces participants to the basics of the ukulele, a lightweight and portable instrument with soft strings that are easy to press down. Regardless of skill level, participants will find the ukulele to be a fun and accessible instrument and will quickly feel comfortable leading a sing-a-long around a campfire or at a dinner party. Your instructor, a Certified Music Therapist, will provide demonstrations, lead vocal warmups and assist with technique. This course focuses on reading tablature rather than music notation and on ukulele playing rather than voice skills, however there will be singing and vocal warmups. Participants must bring their own ukulele.

Duration: 6 weeks | Price: $150 (incl. parking) | Day & Time: Wednesdays, 1pm – 3pm | Dates: January 10, 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14 | Room: The Games Room | Class size: Up to 12 participants

Course outline:

Week 1: Introduction to the ukulele, posture, fingering, tuning and basic strumming.

Week 2: Learn first chords and a simple song.

Week 3: Learn more chords, tab reading and strumming patterns.

Week 4: Learn how to play while singing.

Week 5: Learn new chords and practice playing your favourite songs.

Week 6: Final review and a small group performance for family and friends.

Required materials:

- Ukulele

Samantha De Benedet is a Certified Music Therapist with the Canadian Association for Music Therapy. She specializes in working with senior populations. Samantha has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University with a Major in Music and a Specialization in Jazz Studies. She is a vocalist who also plays guitar, piano, trombone and ukulele. Prior to working as a music therapist, Samantha was a music teacher offering piano, voice, guitar and ukulele lessons to children aged 4-12. She prides herself on creating learning environments where music-making is accessible to people of all ages, skills and abilities.