Archive for Ukulele

PASIC 2013

Greetings Everyone! If you were at my PASIC session, Music for Persons with Special Needs, you can see the session presentation notes and watch all the videos on THIS PAGE. Just enter the code for access and enjoy! You;ll need to ‘join’ this site, which is FREE and only takes a minute. Joining gets you […]

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Music Hero, Jeff Matter

Music Matters mission is to provide people of all ages and abilities the tools to have a life long love of music.

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Strum & Drum 2013

Imagine yourself helping a group of children sing fun songs while playing ukuleles, drums, and percussion. How great would that be. Stop wondering and start strumming and drumming with us this Summer at Music Matters School in Batavia, IL (near Chicago). We’re launching an entirely new curriculum for school-age children (grades 4+) featuring island music […]

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How to Tune your Ukulele

Tuning your ukulele is easy when you know how. This post shows you how to tune you ukulele using a tuner and using relative tuning (without a tuner). If you’re not familiar with the parts of your ukulele, watch this video that identifies the various parts of the ukulele by name before attempting to tune […]

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To You – Much Aloha

This is an adaptation of a Hawaiian songs called “Pupu Hinuhinu.” The original song was written by Nona Beamer in the Hawaiian language (1950). It talks about a little shiny shell found at the seashore and is often used as a lullaby. I created these English lyrics for the verse for use as an appreciation […]

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The Laughing Song

This is a song I wrote during a Laughter Yoga Teacher training. It invites participants to laugh in different voices and can prompt creative thinking, rhyming, silliness, and laughter! Laughter has many benefits, including socializing, boosting energy, releasing ‘feel-good’ hormones, increasing breath support and oxygen, and lowering social blocks & phobias. Hurray! The Laughing Song DCM […]

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The Ukulele Course – Part 2

Welcome to the Ukulele Course – A DCM Exclusive. Below you will find lessons 5-7 out of 7. Watch each one, then spend some time practicing before moving on. These are meant to be taken over several days or even weeks. Take your time! Develop your skills and enjoy learning at your own pace. Before […]

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The Ukulele Course – Part 1

Welcome to the Ukulele Course – A DCM Exclusive. Below you will find lessons 1-4 out of 7. Watch each one, then spend some time practicing before moving on. These are meant to be taken over several days or even weeks. Take your time! Develop your skills and enjoy learning at your own pace. When […]

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Rasa Sayang

Here’s a traditional folk song from Indonesia that you can use with your groups. It’s full of energy and very uplifting! Add drums, clapping, dancing, and smiles. Rasa Sayang DCM is sponsored by: DCMU Get access to DVD-quallity professional development resources for one low annual fee. Available 24/7 from any computer.

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I Had a Little Rooster

This is a fun song that encourages participants to imitate animal sounds and challenge their memories while having a great time. It’s a folk song that you can teach quickly (while it’s happening) and sing with or without instrumental accompaniment. It promotes thinking, silliness, and laughter! Hurray! I Had a Rooster DCM is sponsored by: […]

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