Ukulele is the perfect vehicle for music literacy. Locked inside its tiny shell is a lifetime of musical enjoyment. In this hands-on workshop, "Ukulele in the Classroom" author James Hill shows you how to take those all-important first steps with your students and how to ground your program in three generations of Canadian ukulele pedagogy. James will also share recent innovations in ukulele instruction, general best practices and invaluable tips for strumming, picking and vocal accompaniment. All levels welcome. Please bring your ukulele! Note: this is part 2 of a two-hour workshop. You should also sign up for part 1 in the second workshop session in the morning.
One of the foremost ukulele players and teachers of his generation, James Hill "gives the ukulele its dignity back without ever taking himself too seriously." (Songlines). His early recordings established him as “one of the world’s top composers for the ukulele” (Rafe Mair, 600AM Vancouver) and a “rare peer” of Hawaii's premier ukulelists (John Berger, Honolulu Star-Bulletin) while his more recent albums have “stamped him as a singer-songwriter and all-round musician of the highest calibre” (Rhythms Magazine).
A 'third-generation' Canadian ukulele player, James grew up in the town of Langley, British Columbia where he was a student of Jamie Thomas and Peter Luongo, themselves former protégés of ukulele visionary J. Chalmers Doane. After a decade spent honing his skills as a member of the Langley Ukulele Ensemble, James continued his study of music at the University of British Columbia where he earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in 2003.
In the mid-2000s, James collaborated with J. Chalmers Doane, the trail-blazing teacher who first pioneered the use of ukuleles in Canadian schools, to create the acclaimed Ukulele in the Classroom method book series. In 2010, James and his father Barry, a retired school teacher, launched the JHUI Teacher Certification Program, the only course of its kind in the world. With Ukulele in the Classroom established as the gold standard for classroom ukulele pedagogy, James set his sights on creating a new resource that would focus on teaching the art and science of solo ukulele (i.e. playing melody, harmony and rhythm simultaneously on one instrument). The Ukulele Way, with its rich blend of print, audio, video and social media technology, was launched in 2014 and was followed by Booster Uke two years later.
In 2019, James amalgamated his diverse education initiatives with the launch of Uketropolis.com which spurred the creation of several popular courses including the free Peace Like An 'Ukulele, the $1 beginner course Ready, Steady, Ukulele and the acclaimed Ukulele Jazz. James is also the host of the Uketropolis podcast which can be heard weekly on all podcast listening platforms.