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An Interesting Alternative to Guitar - Ukulele Lessons in NYC

By Jessica D. - New York City Ukulele Teacher

As romantic, glamorous and magical as it might seem to be a musician, no one ever really thinks about the aspect of lugging your instrument around until it's too late. Well, my musically inclined friends, guitars are not light. I swear I can already see my back slowly starting to hunch over from the weight and strain of the thing. Perhaps that is one of the reasons ukulele looked so appealing to me about 6 years ago.

"How light this thing is" I said aloud when the store clerk set it into my hands. I imagined myself carrying 20 of them on my back and not even feeling a thing. Ukuleles have gained much popularity in the last few years, and I theorize that the size and weight have a huge amount to do with that.

As I carry my uke with me around NYC, I sometimes double ch
eck to make sure I still have it. It's the perfect instrument for a busy city dweller. As a musician and music teacher who currently lives in NYC, I spend a lot of time traveling to shows and lessons, carrying my guitar on the subway, on foot and by bike or bus - and I can really feel it. When I get home, I can't wait to get that guitar off my back. Not to mention that on crowded public transportation, the girl with the bright pink guitar case on her back becomes the enemy really fast. Sure, you can get a 3/4 size guitar which helps with the size and weight issue, but the lightness of the ukulele is incredibly appealing for kids and their tiny fingers, people who can't physically carry a heavy instrument around with them, and folks who are on the go.

Add to the list of tantalizing ukulele qualities that they are cost effective, easy to store in a small home, simple to learn (you'll be playing full songs at your first lesson) and totally adorable, and you've got yourself one irresistible instrument. Sign up for ukulele lessons in New York City today!
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Athena R. New York, NY

Learn how to play the Ukulele. Chords, accompaniment or solo.

About Athena

Athena has enjoyed tremendous success as a singer/songwriter, actress, musician and teacher. She is originally from Toronto, but is now based out of New York City. Athena has released 5 CDs, toured North America (both as a singer/songwriter and as an actress), and taught voice, piano, guitar, songwriting and acting for the past 13 years. She has shared the stage Sarah McLachlan and Jim Carrey, and taught songwriting to girls with Lisa Loeb (the teaching project with Lisa Loeb was made into a documentary and premiered at Tribeca Cinemas). Her music videos LOVE IS LOVE and LOGICAL SONG charged #1 on MTV's LOGO TV. As a teacher, Athena has worked at numerous schools, organizations, and colleges across North America, including Oregon State University, Montcalm College, Manhattan New ...

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Brandi B. November 20, 2014
Songwriting · In studio
Verified Student
I don't know where to start! Athena is the absolute best! She is truly making my vision of song writing come true
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SethJonas March 6, 2014
Excellent Teacher

My daughter started taking lessons with Athena when she was 7. Within weeks she already was playing simple songs & loved practicing etc. Now 2 years later she has shown incredible improvements. Highly recommend Athena.
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Rachel K. March 6, 2014
Great teacher!

Athena is a super teacher - extremely knowledgeable and patient, and wonderful to work with!
Jessica D. New York, NY

I have been playing ukulele for over 10 years and play it professionally on almost a daily basis. I'm extremely knowledgeable in this area of expertise and I'd love to help you from tip to tail, including selecting a ukulele that is perfect for you and in your budget, how to tune, hold, and strum the ukulele, how to make chords, choose songs that are perfect for you, do a few fancy tricks, transport, care for and integrate the ukulele into your life. I love playing the ukulele so much and I know that you will, too!

About Jessica

About Jessica: Jessica is known worldwide for her music which incorporates her original comedy, artwork and videos. She tours the US and the UK regularly and has performed in many festivals including the Reading & Leeds Festival, Latitude Festival, Montreal Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Dublin Comedy Festival, End of the Road Festival, NY Funny Songs Festival, NY International Children’s Film Festival and more. Jessica’s music and comedy is inspired by being the oldest of 6 girls and growing up in a small town in Maine, where she taught Sunday school and counseled teens and twins in a local after school program for four years. When Jessica was 19, she moved to Philadelphia to study animation after winning a scholarship to the Art Institute of Philadelphia, and ...

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Nicholas P. December 4, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Jessica is upbeat and articulate! Her teaching space has an inviting vibe and is full of useful musical resources. I have previous experience playing other instruments, and Jessica was quickly able to craft a game plan to get me started with guitar technique and finger patterns in a very efficient manner. I would highly recommend her to prospective students of all ages and experience levels!
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Brianne C. June 22, 2014
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
It's not easy to find an auto-harp teacher in this city and Jessica was great. She is a fun, easy-going teacher with a knowledgeable answer to any question!
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Jane S. May 9, 2014
Ukulele
Verified Student
Jessica rocks

I have been taking with Jessica for over a year and she has amped up my skills like I never knew was possible. She makes it fun and is a great teacher.
Adam C. New York, NY

I will break down the nuances of learning the ukulele in a friendly, clear, and articulate manner. We will discuss various concepts of the acoustic guitar in the styles and songs you enjoy most.

About Adam

A graduate of the University of Rochester with a B.A. in Music and Psychology and trained at renowned National Guitar Workshop, Adam is an experienced teacher and performer on the guitar, bass, and piano in a variety of styles, including rock, pop, jazz, classical, and folk. Adam loves to share his passion for music with others, and ever since his first student, an autistic child, Adam has sought to make learning music fun, regardless of age, style, and ability. *** Lesson Details *** My approach to teaching music is strictly an individualized one, catering to the specific interests and goals of each student. I believe that if learning music is truly enjoyable and fun, students will develop a sincere love for their instrument. In teaching children, my emphasis is on instilling in them

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Peter O. September 10, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Best instructor I ever had. He has some ear. He listens to a song I want to learn and he plays it. I'm jealous. When he shows me how to play it he makes it fun and so easy. If you want to learn how to play, Adam is the one.
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GeneC February 22, 2011
Mr.

Adam has been a patient and effective teacher for our 6 year old. He gives great posisitve feedback that makes the student feel good about playing. We are lucky to have him.
Amelia L. New York, NY

Ukulele is great for young children!

About Amelia

I am a current graduate teaching candidate in Music Education at Brooklyn College. The program leads to New York State Certification in all instruments Kindgarten through Grade 12. I currently teach Yoga-Music Classes at the Corpus Christi School. I invented, designed and implmented these classes as an afterschool program for Pre-K through Grade 8. I have years of experinece working with children. I also teach privately through-out the city. *** Lesson Details *** I am a pleasant, fun teacher with a great smile to offer my students plenty of encouragement! I have helped people of all walks of life, young and old alike! I can help the aspiring singer or pre-professional. I also teach beginner piano. *** Studio Equipment *** Piano, mirrors *** Travel Equipment ...

Michael S. New York, NY

About Michael

Michael has a long and versatile career in music. As a songwriter/composer, he's written for ABC, CNN, Showtime, PBS, and for several films. As a musician, he's played live or recorded with Diddy, MA$E, Richard Gere, Shawn Colvin, and many others. Because of his broad knowledge of American Music, he was asked to co-create the shows, "120 years of Popular Song" and "New York City - A Century of Songs." He was a conductor for LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS during its original run, and has appeared or played in several other Broadway and off-Broadway shows. If you want to learn music that goes beyond labels, Michael is your guy! *** Lesson Details *** "Lessons begin where the student is." That's my axiomatic principle. What do you know, and what are you able to do? Now, what do you want to know, ...

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AdaC April 29, 2010
Patient and Knowledgeable

Michael is great at listening to what I want to learn, and then teaching it to me in a way that I can understand easily. Also, he's very patient when there's a skill / technique that I'm trying to figure out how to master.
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TeresaP2 April 1, 2010
Excellent teacher with very effective teaching style.
Rob H. Brooklyn, NY

Ukulele lessons are taught one-on-one and from a beginner level to an intermediate level. Ages of students start at 6-years-old and up. I have many adult students as well. It's never too late to start a new instrument.

About Rob

I have over 18 years of professional teaching experience on drum set, snare drum and percussion (timpani, two- & four-mallets, accessory percussion and hand drums), guitar, piano, electric bass and ukulele. I have been playing music since the age of two. Some of my most noteworthy performances have included Late Show with David Letterman (Justin Townes Earle and Allison Moorer), Tonight Show with Jay Leno (Allison Moorer), Levon Helm'™s Midnight Ramble (Allison Moorer), The Conan O'™Brien Show (Julia Nunes) and Budokan in Tokyo, Japan (Jim Campilongo Trio). My Bachelor of Music is from Capital University where I studied with three great teachers: Robert Breithaupt - Classical percussion and jazz drum set Jim Ed Cobbs - Drum set, tabla and frame drums Eric Paton - Taiko, samba, ...

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David R. March 3, 2015
Ukulele · Online
Verified Student
Rob has been patient, easy to work with, accommodating to schedule changes, accessible and an overall joy to work with! I was a bit leery about a web based program, but is has been great, and most importantly I am progressing well.
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Ryan F. August 21, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Rob was an awesome teacher and even better guy. The lesson environment was comfortable, but always focused and professional. He's clearly a hugely talented musician and has a ton to offer in the way of teaching; perhaps more importantly though, his love of music inspires the student to practice and learn. Very highly recommended.

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