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Continuing Education Courses

Online

A Complete Guide to Playing and Teaching the Ukulele

Date

June 6-July 31, 2022

Course Code

7002

Credits

3 Graduate Credits

Tuition

$1,065, due in full with registration

Overview

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.

Student Testimonial:
“Although I’ve taught ukulele on and off for the last 5 or 6 years, this class was my first formal course dedicated solely to ukulele, and it was great! I learned a lot of practical tips, but my main takeaway that I plan on bringing to my classroom is how to make the ukulele even more fun! A lot of the ukulele method books that I have tried in the past have focused on playing melodies. This course had a good balance of melodic and chordal playing, and I plan on keeping that balance in my instruction, as well.”

Requirements

Chat Session

None. This course is asynchronous.

Prerequisites

Required Text(s)

Ukulele Club Multimedia Resource (Text, Audio and Video), available from teacherspayteachers.com.

Software/Hardware Requirements

Schoology is a learning management system that allows you to interact directly with your instructors, fellow students, and members of the greater VanderCook community.

Soon after you register, be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you receive credentials, visit www.online.vandercook.edu to login. 

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.

More information about Schoology can be found at www.schoology.com

Online course grades are available within two weeks of the course(s) completion.  If you need a transcript, please CLICK HERE to access the online transcript request form. For a faster turnaround time, please submit the transcript request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).

Instructor

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Kalani Das

Kalani Das, MT-BC, is an Orff-certified music educator, board-certified music therapist, and professional musician who has worked with the likes of Yanni, Barry Manilow, Rod Stewart, and Kenny Loggins. He is the author of over 12 books, numerous audio and video resources, and directs and produces the World Drum Club and Ukulele Club YouTube channels. As a long-time ukulele player and teacher, he recently published the Ukulele Club Multimedia Resource for music educators. He is a frequently requested presenter at music education conferences and workshops, and is Director of Golden State Music Therapy in Los Angeles. Find out more at kalanimusic.com.
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