We offer two different sorts of ukulele classes, run by Becky Dixon, director of Nimble Tots
After school classes: Are drop off sessions for children in reception, year one and year two
Preschooler classes ‘The Strummers’: Are sessions for 3.5 year olds and above to attend alongside a parent or carer.
In all classes, our focus is on rhythm, pitch, composition, improvisation and enjoyment, with lots of movement, singing and games! After school classes will move at a slightly faster rate than the preschooler classes and learn slightly more chords, but the aim of these classes is that through using the ukulele (and also listening to other instruments) this is an early step in the journey of learning and enjoying music. In preschooler classes, grown ups will participate alongside their kids (I’ll have spare ukuleles available for grown ups). We hope that the classes form a great foundation for learning other instruments (or more formal ukulele classes) further down the line! Between classes, there will be videos online to play along to and as reminders of what we’ve done so far (and to keep parents in the carers in the loop as to what we’re up to in the drop off classes!).
Classes last 40 minutes and children will require their own ukulele.
11 week term: £99 (siblings £55)
Mondays: 4pm at ‘The Music Room’ Se26 (address on request) – After School term 2/3
This class is for those who have done a term 1 or term 2 course previously (if you can’t make the Tuesday).
9.30am: Preschooler Term 1, Punk Me Up Ceramics, SE22 9AX
4pm term 1 and 4.45pm term 2 at Smallprint Books, St David’s Road, Forest Hill – After School Term 1
The Term 1 class is for children in reception/year 1/year 2 who are new to ukuleles (or have done a pre-schooler class) and Term 2 is for children who have previously done term 1 (or have done a pre-schooler class recently and want to go straight to term 2).
9.30am at the Ivy House, 40 Stuart Road Nunhead, preschoolers Term 2
For children who have previously done a preschool term 1 class
2.10pm at Smallprint Books, preschoolers Term 1
4.45pm at Smallprint Books, after school Term 1
Dates are weeks beginning:
(One week break for half term)
FIND OUT MORE BEFORE YOU BOOK!
If you have questions, please email Becky and firstname.lastname@example.org – you’re welcome to come and sit in to see a current class to find out if this is the sort of thing you’d be interested in joining
What Ukulele should I buy?
For classes whilst we have some ukuleles available, we’d recommend that children do have an instrument of their own to play at home too. To start your ukulele journey, you don’t need to spend a lot of money on a fancy instrument to learn the basics, particularly as a young starter’s instrument tends to get a fair bit of bashing about! A soprano ukulele will do the job nicely (although if you’d like a larger instrument for a grown up, a concert or a tenor will have the same tuning but slightly bigger size and sound). In previous terms, lots of beginners have started on a mahalo 2500 (around £20 – amazon link here). My favourite starter instrument is a ‘makala dolphin’ which feels a bit sturdier (around £40 – amazon link here). Most music shops have a good selection- locally South London Music sell them and have knowledgable staff who can give you advise, if you fancy a trip to a specialist shop, the Duke or Uke in East London has a brilliant and huge range, and they’ll be able to give you lots of advice!
Bear in mind that new ukuleles tend to lose their tuning very quickly at first, and take a while to settle – by no means essential, you may wish to invest in an electronic tuner like this. But there are also apps you can use on your phone!