This autumn term we’ll be running more preschooler ukulele and musicianship classes for little folks aged 3.5 and above with their parents and carers, run by Becky from Nimble Tots! These classes are ideally suited to children in the year before they start reception.
If your child isn’t yet 3.5, there will be more new starter classes in the Spring and summer terms, so there is plenty of time to join us in the future – keep your eye on this page for dates being released.
These are classes for children and parents/carers to participate in together, and be introduced to musical concepts in a fun interactive way! Our focus is on rhythm, pitch, composition, improvisation and enjoyment, with lots of movement, singing and games! At this age, we’re not expecting the little folk to learn lots of 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. Grown ups will participate alongside their kids, but there will be take home sheets for adults to learn more chords (if you have time!) and other songs too! We hope that the classes form a great foundation for learning other instruments (or more formal ukulele classes) further down the line!
This is a 10 week term and lessons are 35-40 minutes long, and you need to book for the whole term, which runs from the w/c 25th September, with no class over half term. They are very small classes so there is as much individual teaching time as possible, so there is only space for a maximum of 4 adult/preschooler pairs per class, and you’ll need to bring a ukulele each!
To book in, you’ll need to pay a £25 deposit now, and the balance is due the beginning of term. The deposit is non-refundable, unless we can find someone else to fill your space. If there is a high-demand for spaces, we will put an additional classes in, and if you would like to arrange a course for your own pre-existing group, please get in touch!
FIND OUT MORE BEFORE YOU BOOK!
If there are still spaces available, we’ll have a free trial session in early September if you want to come and see if the way the classes run works for you (watch this space for dates), and before then, do email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
**Due to venue issues, there will be no Thursday afternoon class this term**
9.15am: TERM ONE – The Ivy House, 40 Stuart Road, SE15
10.00am: TERM ONE – The Ivy House, 40 Stuart Road, SE15
Price: £90 for the full term block (£9 per session) for each adult/child pair. Deposit of £25 due on booking, balance of £65 payable at start of term.
Book in here – class sizes are kept small, but there will be a waiting list if we are full. If we have a large waiting list, we’ll look into putting in an extra class, and I’m happy to arrange classes for groups of friends if you’d like to discuss a private course for another day!
Please email becky at email@example.com with any questions.
What Ukulele should I buy?
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). Last term, lots of beginners 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, 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!