This course will deepen ukulele fundamentals while expanding your repertoire of songs, strumming patterns and melodies. You'll learn how to play classic and popular songs that incorporate a broad range of chords and strums, and how to incorporate melodies into both popular songs and music improvisation (soloing). Integrating the ukulele into world drumming arrangements that include drums, percussion, Orff instruments and other is also covered.



Prerequisite: Students should be comfortable playing a variety of commonly used Major, Minor, and Dominant 7 chords, different strumming patterns, and common chord progressions (I-IV-V, '50's, Pop, etc.).


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.

 

SUMMER 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.

The summer online term officially begins on Monday, June 12. The week prior to June 12, you'll be added as a new Schoology user. Be on the lookout for an email from noreply@schoology.com or wfong@vandercook.edu with log-in instructions. Once you are given credentials, simply visit www.online.vandercook.edu to login. On the morning of June 12, 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 summer schedules can get, so our instructors try to make everything as flexible as possible!


VanderCook College of Music - (312) 225-6288