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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 user-friendly for both teachers and students. This course covers everything you'll 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. Suitable for absolute beginners through intermediate players.  You'll learn a wide variety of popular and "classic" songs along the way that you can use immediately. Suitable for absolute beginners through intermediate players who are looking for new ideas. Students are asked to submit audio files (mp3) and post videos in order to fully participate.

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 a requested presenter at conferences worldwide. Das 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. Das has written nine books and produced numerous instructional DVDs and music CDs. He presents workshops, retreats and residencies for students, teachers, therapist, and the general public. More information can be found at www.kalanimusic.com and www.playsinglaugh.com.

 

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Course Information

3 Graduate Credits
Tuition: $970, due in full with registration    
Course Code: 7648
Online
Chat Sessions:
None
 
Prerequisites:
Students must have their own ukulele.
 
Required text(s):
None
 
Software/hardware requirements for Mac & Windows users:
Internet access is required.
SPRING 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.
 
Classes this spring term officially begin on Monday, February 5th, 2018. The week prior to the Spring 2018 term start date, we will be adding you as a new schoology user. Be on the lookout for an email from noreply@schoology.com or wfong@vandercook.edu with log-in instructions between January 26th and February 4th. Once you are given credentials, simply visit www.online.vandercook.edu to login. On the morning of February 5th, 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!
 
Courses are scheduled for 13 weeks, with one week (April 2-8) being a designated week off for Spring Break. The Spring Online Term ends Sunday, May 6th, 2018.
 
 
 

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

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