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String instruments are as popular now as they’ve ever been!  Every day, new children embark on a journey with a string instrument. In this class our aim is to launch new musicians on one of the most beginner friendly string instruments, the Ukulele.  This class is preparatory for students who wish to continue on guitar! Students will meet once a week throughout an 8 week course designed to teach them the basics of playing Ukulele.  Students will learn basic chords, tuning, strumming and also reading musical rhythms and chord charts!  It is strongly suggested to attend class with your own working Ukulele and SNARK tuner…

Participants need to bring a note to school allowing them to stay after school.
The school will dismiss participants and allow them to go to the music room.

If Swift River School has early dismissal due to inclement weather, class will be cancelled for that evening and the instructor will reschedule. 

School nurse/school staff are not present for this after school program. 


Recommended for class - 
Makala Shark Ukulele (or something similar)
https://www.amazon.com/Kala-BLK-Makala-Soprano-Ukulele/dp/B00FYXCQJG?th=1
SNARK Tuner
https://www.amazon.com/Snark-ST-2-Multi-Instrument-Chromatic-Tuner/dp/B01H62TQ68/ref=sr_1_3?crid=3NEULO1B3QSW5&keywords=snark+tuner&qid=1671036558&s=musical-instruments&sprefix=snark+tuner%2Cmi%2C72&sr=1-3

Registration Deadline
  • 5 days prior to the start of class
  • A $10.00 late fee applies to all registrations after the deadline
  • If Swift River School has early dismissal due to inclement weather, class will be cancelled for that evening. The instructor will reschedule class due to inclement weather.
  • Due to snow, class is cancelled 1/25. Make up will be held 3/22.

Instructor
  • Geoffrey Gould is a 20 year veteran elementary school music teacher, piano player, guitarist, vocalist and product of Belchertown Public Schools Music Program. He is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine School of Music and he holds a master degree in education from Cambridge College in Boston. Gould is a 2014 Grinspoon award recipient for excellence in teaching and was named a national finalist for the 2020 Music Educator of the Year award presented by the Recording Academy and Grammy Music Awards.

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String Life 
N/A 2 - 5 03/29/2023 - 05/17/2023
03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

Swift River School
$210.00 Res, $220.00 Non-Res
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