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 2 (over 11 months, 45 lessons)
Ukulele in the Classroom Book 2 guides you through traditional and popular music from France, Italy, North America, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Ireland, Guatemala, and Scotland in addition to arrangements of works by Mouret, Vivaldi, Mendelssohn, Glinka, and Mozart. Skills and concepts introduced in Book 2 include the double strum, the chromatic scale, secondary dominant chords, blues improvisation, and more. Majority of the repertoire in Book 2 is arranged for two or three ukulele parts (in addition to chordal accompaniment), each requiring a different level of proficiency. In other words, there's something for everyone in each carefully crafted arrangement.