Children's Ukulele Lessons - Ages 5 years old and up (Parents invited)
Make the world a better place by playing music!
Fall 2018: We will have Group lessons in our Woodbridge location starting in September- Thurs at 4:15pm
Research by John Hopkins University has shown that playing an instrument requires more of the brain than any other activity which overtime leads to musicians having a stronger, more diverse neural structure than non-musicians. Music learning develops so many skills, including musical ability, confidence, problem solving, social, and congnitive skills and develops a love of music that lasts a life time. Music fills the soul and brings joy to those who play and those who listen.
Our Ukulele classes are fun and such an easy instrument to learn and wonderful for children who love to sing and want to accompany themselves on an instrument. Within our first lesson we will have your child playing chords and singing along to songs. Each week we build on adding new chords and adding to their repetoire of fun, well known folk songs. Our semester includes concert for family and friends in the winter and spring, and is a wonderful opportunity to show off the skills learned in class and a great way to build confidence for singing in public.
Some fun facts about the ukulele:
* The Ukulele is a wonderful, easy, 4 stringed instrument that's just the perfect size for your child to play and the grown ups too! And a cool and popular instrument that is taking the world by storm lately as it's so easy to play and so easy to sing along to.
* A wonderful opportunity for children who love to sing as well as accompany themselves in song with this versatile small instrument. We sing some easy, well loved songs from our very first class.
* The perfect instrument to carry anywhere with you (even heading out on vacation or the park), and they can jam along with parents or friends on guitar or any instrument. A nice little acoustic instrument that doesn't need to be plugged in.
* Very affordable instrument to purchase (usually ranging between $45 - $100) and our group lessons makes it enjoyable to learn and affordable tuition. Please email Liz@MusicalFolk.com to find out more about purchasing an instrument
* We start at age 6 (being able to read is helpful and can sit for 20-30 mins in class and practice at home), however we will consider 5 year olds if you think your child is ready.
* The semester includes a concert open to family and friends at the end of the semester to showcase some songs that the children have learned and to give them valuable experience in performing infront of an audience and building their confidence.
Tuition: Classes are $236 per class (half hour group lesson * cost depends on the number of students) for 8 weeks ($29 per class). We are also offering a special introductory price at a reduced rate of $21 per class for the first semester ($175 per semseter for accompanying siblings (sibling must be 5 or older).
Parents taking lessons for the first semester, the cost is $5 a class (subsequent semesters the parents will be free). Please email liz@MusicalFolk.com if you are interested in signing up for this class, and for information regarding purchasing a ukulele.
Adult Group guitar lessons
Liz McNicholl currently teaches group adult guitar lessons at the intermediate level (Thurs at 1pm) -- if you are considering this class, you should be able to play a few basic chords.
Private lessons may also be scheduled based on availability. If you are interested in finding out more please call Liz at Tel: 203-691.9759 or email Liz@MusicalFolk.com
At what age should my child being instrument lessons?
There is no hard and fast rule here. While some children can start as early as 3 or 4, many teachers would not encourage it until a child is 5 and in some cases older. The bottom line is that all children are different and you are the best judge of your own child's degree of readiness.
There are a few important factors for you to consider. Is your child asking to play something? Is he/she able to sit and focus for about a half an hour? Do you think they would be able to practice on a regular basis? Often being able to read their ABCs is important as well in readiness.
The answer to all of these questions may help you in deciding at what age your child is ready to start. The important thing is to make it fun for them at a young age and not to push too much. If you would like to talk through any of this, talk to your Music Together® Teacher. If you feel that they are not quite ready, our Rhythm Kids class is a wonderful class to get them ready for instruments lessons.
Regardless of when you decide to begin, the fact that you are bringing your child to an early childhood educational music program on a consistent basis will really help to prepare your child for music lessons giving them a solid musical foundation. We have heard many piano teachers say that they wish all parents would take their children to an early childhood music program such as Music Together to really build the important foundation of music before starting an instrument.
Congratulations to you, as you've already given your child this skill through our classes. May you continue to bring the joy of music into your family life. Being able to play an instrument brings amazing joy to the player and those around them. Besides all the other benefits that they will gain.
Is your child ready for music instrument lessons? Click here to read an article on instrument readiness