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Music Together®

Music Together programs around the world offer a mixed-age, research-based, parent-child class for infants, toddlers, preschoolers & kindergarten children in which experienced early childhood music specialists lead songs, instrument play, rhythm chants, and movement activities in a relaxed yet structured setting. Music is learned through play with activities that support and respect the unique learning styles of very young children. Music Together classes nourish a family's efforts to create a rich and joyful musical environment at home, regardless of their own musical abilities, with the accompanying take-home materials.  The program develops your child's innate potential to gain basic music competence (tonal and rhythm skills) while fostering a love of music for life-long enjoyment.  It is also a satisfying cultural experience and an opportunity for you to bond with your children through music.  Read what parents and grandparents have to say here.

    

    

 

Ukulele Beginners

Class for Beginners (Adults/Teens/Kids over 11)  wishing to learn a wonderful instrument and many styles of music.  No previous music knowledge necessary!  Ukuleles have gained recent popularity all over the country because of their ease of playing, wonderful sound, portability and musical versatility.  We'll sing and play in a group (group singing has been shown to reduce stress and strengthen the immune system), working in the key of C. Great songbook, The Daily Ukulele with 365 songs. If you need a ukulele, Amy can help you choose one that fits you!

 

Ukulele Adv. Beg.

For students who are comfortable playing the chords C, Am, F, G, G7, C7, Em, Dm ...  OR  have taken Ukulele Beginners.  New chords and more songs in the key of C, as well as songs in the key of G.   Singing songs and playing from The Daily Ukulele book.  (Note to guitar players: The Baritone uke is tuned like the highest four strings of the guitar and a Baritone version of the Daily Ukulele is also available, so talk to Amy if you are considering the larger, deeper and guitar-like qualities of the baritone ukulele.  Baritone ukuleles can be purchased at Indie Music in Milford)   

Ukulele Intermediate

Ukulele class for those who have taken Ukulele Beginner,  Ukulele Adv.Beg., or for those who can already play basic chords in the keys of C and G.   This is also a great class for people who play guitar, since it will be easy for you to learn ukulele chords quickly.   Tuition prices will vary if you need a tuner, ukulele or The Daily Ukulele book.  In this class we will start to work through more complicated songs in the Keys of C and G, start finger-picking, learn to transpose songs, do some reading of tablature (note playing method), and be able to split the group according to levels.  More fun singing and playing!  This class gets invited to perform at events (optional).

The Kukuleles

People in this group are familiar with many songs in The Daily Ukulele, can read chord diagrams quickly including the jazz chords, and sometimes like to perform at local events.  This is for Intermediate players who are comfortable learning new chords/songs and enjoy singing for fun. Students are not obligated to join in any performances but are invited to perform for farmers' markets, festivals, and other events.  We have performed at Union Coffee Co, Ledgewood Bay,  the Pine Hill Holiday Fair,  the UUCM holiday fair, the Milford Pumpkin Festival, High Mowing School May Day and the Amherst Middle School Family Fair, to name a few.  Students may sign up for any events they are interested in.  Open to all students who have completed Ukulele Intermediate Class or demonstrate appropriate skill.

Guitar & Ukulele Repertoire

If you know some basic major and minor chords, but would like to learn more songs and techniques for strumming, picking, bass runs, etc, this is the perfect class for you to enjoy in the company of other music-lovers.  Folk, classic rock, soft rock, bluegrass, R&B, traditional. Take-home exercises to prepare you for the new challenge of the week.  Prerequisite:  You must be able to play, or willing to learn, major, minor and seventh chords  (C, D, E, F, G, A, B).  Bring your guitar, or ukulele, a three-ring binder, capo.

Uke'n Move

A community music-making experience with movement!  For adults or school aged children (with parent if under age 13), we'll combine musicianship (learn basic ukulele chords and play by ear using simple  I, IV, V7 chords), rhythm (drums and rhythm instruments provided for all ages) and movement for exercise and fun.  No prior musical experience necessary, but even advanced ukulele players will enjoy this practice with singing and moving.   We will also make use of scarves and other props when our fingers get tired.  Perfect for homeschoolers, retirees, and music-lovers of all ages.  One Kala ukulele is included in the tuition.  More are available to borrow.  There will be lots of singing as well as moving to recorded music or our percussion and ukulele music.