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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 3 (Over 11 months, 45 lessons)
The solid foundation of musicianship skills acquired through Books 1 and 2 allow students to move into ever more exciting repertoire in Book 3. Over the course of this book, students explore minor chords and keys, learn how to use a flatpick, and discover how to transpose chords and scales, all the while expanding upon skills acquired in Books 1 and 2.
In addition to practical sight-reading, harmony, and music theory exercises, Book 3 is full of exciting music from around the world featuring traditional music from Spain, Hawaii, France, Bulgaria, Mexico, Azerbaijan, Canada, the Dominican Republic, the U.S.A., England, Scotland, and Wales, arrangements of works by Handel, Dvorák, Purcell, Ponchielli, and Bach, in addition to familiar popular songs.Suitable for: