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Ukestra

UKESTRA

AGES 14+

SUNDAYS | 2:00 PM | November 14 – 28 with performance Dec. 5 (breakdown in description)
COST: $100  |  INSTRUCTORS: Phil Natividad, Erin Shorten, Nancy Aasland 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: October 31st

Play well with others! Join the Ukestra workshop series and be part of a unique opportunity to play parts of orchestrated pieces with other ukulele players! In the process, improve your timing and knowledge of music theory. Ukestra is inclusive and has parts for beginner (Base Level), intermediate and advanced (see descriptions).  We’ll play “We Merry Minstrels” (a round), “A Mountain High Top”, “Walking in a Winter Wonderland”, and “I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You”.

It’s highly recommended and preferred that students have low G strings on their ukuleles.


Definition of Levels

Base

  • Know most of chords in C, F and G chord families, some exposure to minor and 7th chords
  • Basic understanding of musical notation, tablature, chord charts
  • Eg. 4/4 and 3/4 time signature, note durations
  • Can strum to 4/4 and 3/4 time
  • Some fingerpicking and arpeggios

Intermediate (In addition to Base Level skills):

  • In addition to Base Level chords, knowledge of A, D, and Bb chord families, minor and 7th chords
  • Good understanding of musical notation, tablature, chord charts, close to sight reading
  • Can strum more than 4/4 and 3/4 time – on beat/off beat, exposure to syncopated rhythms
  • Can play some scales (C, F and pentatonic), pick some melodies

Advanced (In addition to Base and Intermediate Level skills)

  • All of the above and more…

Not sure what level you are at?  Send us an email and we will have one of the instructors contact you to assess your skill level.


Class Schedule Breakdown: 

October 31: Registration Deadline

November 1: MCMA sends out repertoire and recordings

November 14: Workshop 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Week of November 21: Virtual “check-in” sessions

November 28: Fine tuning workshop  2:00 – 3:00 pm

December 5: Performance in the MCMA Recital 1:00 pm

**As this class is in-person, we will require proof of full vaccination at the first lesson.**