Ukulele Group Classes for spring

Feb 10, 2014
Jeff Weinberger

Rockport — Bay Chamber Music School will offer Ukulele Group Classes including a new youth class, led by ukulele instructor Jeff Weinberger, when its next session begins. The group classes will engage ukulele enthusiasts of all ages via Youth Beginners, Adult Beginners and Adult Ensemble. Group Classes will begin Monday, Feb. 24, and Wednesday, Feb. 26. In partnership with K2 Music, students will receive a discounted rate on instruments.

The new Youth Beginner's class is intended to provide children with a fun, activity-centered musical experience. Students will focus on basic ukulele playing techniques, simple song learning and engaging musical games. This eight-week class will run Wednesdays from 4 to 4:45 p.m. and is intended for ages 5 through 12. Cost for this class is $80 plus materials.

The Adult Beginner class involves a song-based curriculum as a vehicle to learn technique, rhythm and music theory concepts. Basic chords, strums and rhythms will be taught, and repertoire will span several genres ranging from Bob Marley and the Beatles, to country, folk, global and classical music. Students in the Adult Beginner class will gain basic musical skills and ukulele knowledge. This ukulele class bridges the gap between the informal group lesson setting and more formal private lessons. Those ages 12 and older are welcome to participate in a fun, non-intimidating, relaxed environment. A ukulele and Snark tuner are required. This eight-week class will run Mondays from 4 to 5 p.m. Cost is $80 plus materials.

The Adult Ukulele Ensemble is an opportunity for intermediate and advanced players to play a varied repertoire of ensemble music arranged for multiple ukuleles. It is modeled after the Langley Ensemble, the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain and other groups with an emphasis on group interaction, parts playing, technical challenges and improving overall musicianship. The repertoire will have a global theme and explore music of many lands

This is a non-auditioned ensemble and its parts will be assigned according to ability; there will be a part for everyone who wishes to participate. The director will supply arrangements and parts, just bring ukulele, Snark tuner and enthusiasm. The Ukulele Ensemble will perform at the Bay Chamber Music School Odeon Concert on June 1. This 12-week class will run Mondays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and is open to those 12 and older. Cost is $120 for the 12 weeks.

Instructor Jeff Weinberger is a guitarist, ukulele player and educator who has taught, played, written and recorded music in New England for more than three decades. He received his bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Maine at Augusta and maintains a private teaching practice and a guest teaching position at Belfast’s Cornerspring Montessori School. He has recorded his original music with some of the Midcoast’s finest musicians.

For more information about Weinberger, his ukulele group classes or any of Bay Chamber's offerings, contact Joan Kulle at 236-2823 or visit baychamberconcerts.org. For more information on the uke discount offer for student, contact K2 Music at 706-4195 or (855) 891-4195.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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