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7674 A Complete Guide to Playing & Teaching the Ukulele

 

The ukulele has become one of the most popular instruments in music education, and with good reason: it's inexpensive, portable and approachable by both teachers and students. This course covers everything you need to know to start using the ukulele in your classroom, including uke anatomy; tuning; types and features; how to read chord diagrams, strumming patterns; popular chords; and chord progressions. You'll learn a wide variety of popular and "classic" songs along the way that you can use immediately. Suitable for absolute beginners through inter- mediate players who are looking for new ideas. Students will create and upload audio (mp3 or ACC) and documents (Word or PDF).

Instructor: Kalani Das, MT-BC

Kalani_Das_headshotKalani Das, MT-BC is a world percussion specialist with more than 30 years of professional experience. He is a certified Orff-Schulwerk educator, a board-certified music therapist, and is a requested presenter at conferences worldwide. Kalani has worked with music legends Barry Manilow, Yanni, Kenny Loggins, and Rod Stewart. He is the founder of the DCM approach to community music making and a member of the Music Therapy Drumming training team. Kalani has written over nine books and produced numerous instructional DVDs and music CDs. He presents workshops, retreats, and residencies for students, teachers, therapists, and the general public. kalanimusic.com and playsinglaugh.com.

 

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MECA Online Course Details

VanderCook Online is powered by Schoology (www.schoology.com). Through this learning management system, you'll be able to interact directly with your instructor, students in your classes, and members of the greater VanderCook Online community.
 
Fall MECA courses officially begin on Monday, September 28. Soon after you register, you'll be added as a new Schoology user. Be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you are given credentials, simply visit www.online.vandercook.edu to login. On the morning of September 28, you'll have access to your classroom and course material.
 
Some courses have specific online chat meeting times (please see course descriptions), while others have a flexible meeting schedule. You can expect all courses to meet together in a live online chat. If a live meeting time doesn’t work, you can work with your instructor to make other arrangements.
You’ll have the opportunity to work at your own pace each week while completing assignments and posting responses to discussion questions. You’ll constantly be interacting with your instructor and classmates online, and working through new material each week. We know how crazy school schedules can get, so our instructors try to make everything as flexible as possible!
 
Online grades will be reported by mid-December. If you are in need of a transcript please visit the online transcript request page. If you are in need a quick turn around time for your transcript please submit the transcript request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).

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Course Information

7674 A Complete Guide to Playing & Teaching the Ukulele
 
3 graduate credits
Tuition: $930, due in full with registration.
 
ENROLLMENT LIMITED TO 25
 
 

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3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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