Clowns ukulele lessons offer a great first step into music. Classes run for 20-30 minutes (depending on the group size) and have between one to four children per class. They run over three 10-week terms throughout the year and are designed to be fun, relaxed and stimulating.
The main focuses of the classes are:
- Rhythm: strumming in time and holding a steady pace.
- Limb co-ordination: working both hands whilst singing a song
- Plectrum technique: How to hold a plectrum in a relaxed and co-ordinated way.
- Posture: this is vital for any instrument anybody learns and is a transferable skill for later in life. Good posture helps build core strength, maintain good technique, keeps you relaxed and helps maintain focus.
- Basic harmony and music theory: We learn about reading music and following a chord chart, Tempo (fast or slow), dynamics (loud and soft), basic notation such as crotchets, quavers and minums.
- Single note picking: Playing one string at a time and learning melodies to songs such as hot cross buns is a real co-ordination challenge for any age.
- Finger dexterity: Playing ukulele will help build strength and independence in the fingers.This is great if the child goes on to learn piano, guitar, violin, cello etc
Throughout the year we will build up a list of songs we can play and will aim to perform them at our end of year performance where possible. Songs range from classic nursery rhymes like Zoom zoom zoom we’re going to the moon, to ones the children request –Frozen is always a big hit!
We aim to cover a new song every two weeks to keep the lessons interesting. The more songs we cover the easier the different chords positions become. Over the year we would hope to learn three to four different chords-C, F,G7 and Aminor.
Improving the children’s listening skills is just one of the benefits of Ukulele lessons. Not only will they learn to listen to their friends and take tunes playing songs, they will also become more accustomed to pitching their singing and being more in-tune when they sing.
During lessons we learn to work as a team altogether, individually and in pairs playing together. This helps the children’s focus, timing and their social skills.