The James Hill Ukulele Course (Group)
Based on a method created by J. Chalmers Doane and James Hill, this program aims to open doors for students who wish to pursue music further, while keeping a "fun from day one" experience in mind. The primary purpose of the program is to engage students in a process that develops authentic musicianship and positive attitudes toward music.
The syllabus is a sequential, performance-based ukulele method through which students explore elements of music including melody, harmony, rhythm, form, tempo, dynamics, and tone. Areas of skill include singing, picking, strumming, ear-training, sight-reading, improvising, music theory, harmonizing, arranging, and more. In many ways the program melds the lessons of the past with a vision for the future, infusing the wisdom of elders with the creative energy of youth.
While it is understood that every student has a unique combination of aptitudes, interests and abilities, The James Hill Ukulele Course rests on the idea that music is for everyone. Further, it is important to note that the overall goal is not just to teach ukulele, per se, but rather to teach music and to develop music literacy skills.
Book 1 (over 9 months, 35 x hourly lessons)
Ukulele in the Classroom (UITC) Book 1 starts off on singing, picking, and strumming–by ear and by note, in unison and in parts–in the keys of C major and F major. Other skills taught in Book 1 include singing, strumming, picking, note-reading, ear-training, improvising, and ensemble playing utilising over two dozen vocal and instrumental arrangements. Repertoire selections arranged in two or three parts include traditional English, French, Chinese, Hawaiian, African, Chilean, and Canadian songs, as well as arrangements of works by Brahms, Benedict, and Holst.