Exciting news for the summer term 2018 as I’ll be launching my first after school ukulele classes for kids in reception and year one on a tuesday afternoon, as well as new starter preschooler classes (and continuing students in preschooler term 2 and term 3). All sessions are taught by Becky Dixon, Director of Nimble Tots, and a very experienced musician and teacher.
After school classes: Are drop off sessions for children in reception and year one
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, 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! Between classes, there will be videos online to play along to and as reminders of what we’ve done so far.
Summer will be a ten week term and lessons are 40 minutes long. You need to book for the whole term, which runs from the w/c 23rd April, 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 6 kids per class, and you’ll need to bring a ukulele each!
For new starters, the term is £110 (£11 per class) – £40 deposit on booking and the balance payable the first week of term (or can be slit into monthly payments)!
2.10pm: TERM ONE preschoolers (3.5 and above with adults) – Smallprint Books, St Davids Road, Forest Hill
4pm: TERM ONE – after school (reception and year one – drop off) – Smallprint Books, St Davids Road, Forest Hill
9.30am: TERM THREE – The Ivy House, 40 Stuart Road, SE15 (for participants who’ve done term 1)
2.10pm: TERM TWO – Smallprint Books, St Davids Road, Forest Hill
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
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!
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). 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!