UCL Level 1 Course
UCL Level 1: Absolute Beginners Course JANUARY 2020
LOCATION: EASTFIELD PLAY CENTRE, 7 Eastfield Drive, Aigburth, Liverpool, L17 4LH
COURSE TIMES: TUESDAYS 6.30pm / FRIDAYS 10.30am
COURSE START DATE: Week beginning, 20th January 2020 (see timetables for all dates)
GUIDED LEARNING HOURS: 10
THANKS for choosing UCL to begin your new ukulele and music learning adventures. There are three class times for this option. Please make sure you select the correct time when booking.
This 10 week course is designed for the absolute beginner with no prior music playing experience at all. You will learn the basic skills required to get you started whilst exploring three - five songs in a variety of music categories suitable for beginner level.
See below for a detailed view of the course content. Once you have secured your payment online you will receive an email confirming your booking with top tips on preparing for your course, terms and conditions of service, a PDF timetable for your selected class option, a link to join a Closed Facebook Group where you can communicate with your class and course leader outside of club hours if required and a link to set up your own personal UCL account where you will be able to access and download all course content for the duration of the courser. Once you have completed the full 10 weeks of training you will be invited to participate in the end of term SPRING CELEBRATION with all other UCL members at our exclusive venue to showcase your new skills. Friends and family are welcome to attend these events. Tickets will be available nearer the time. If you are unable to secure your place for the any of the level 1 classes via this online booking system please attend our official ENROLMENT DAY on Saturday 4th January 2020 from 1.00pm at Eastfield Play Centre.
We will be teaming up with Eastfield Day Nursery to provide quality childcare for classes taking place on Monday and Friday mornings. You will be able to drop your child off 15 mins before the class starts with up to 15 minutes to collect them after class times finish for less that £5 per childcare session. These morning class options are also eligible for the 0 - 6 EPiC Kids Club category where up to one child per adult may attend for the £99 fee. Parents/carers are allowed to attend with up to 3 children each at an extra charge of £39 per 2nd & 3rd child.
NB: All classes will only run if they pass the minimum quota of participation. In the event that your selected class time does not meet the minimum quota you will be offered an alternative class time or 100% refund.
During this 10 week course you will explore at least 6 classic songs from a range of music genres and discover all the basics required to get you started on your ukulele journey, such as:
- Tuning Up
- Ukulele Anatomy
- Positioning and Posture
- Basic Strumming Patterns & Technique
- Basic Chord Shapes
- Finger Placement
- How To Read Ukulele Tab
- Basic Music Theory Index
- Rhythm Training
- Warm Up Techniques
- Time Signatures
- Song Sheet Study
SINGING: At this level, singing is not required, as the main focus is learning the ukulele, although we love it when you give it a go. Singing is encouraged at all levels above level 1 and required at level 3.
COURSE MATERIAL: To access the course material you will need to set up an account via this website. You will receive an invite link to set up your account approximately one week before the course commences. This is where you will be able to view any associated video tutorials and download all course materials, including PDF worksheets, song-sheets and MP3 downloads. You are responsible for printing and storing your own PDF sheets prior to each class. It is essential that you bring all course material to each class so get yourself a folder.
COURSE COMMUNICATION: You will receive a link to join a Closed Facebook Group via email approximately one week before the course commences. A closed group means that only members of your class and the class leaders can access the group and see the content inside. This is where you can contact us out of club hours and chat to your classmates and take on the extra curricular ukulele challenges. Please keep all posts ukulele related in this group. If you do not use Facebook please email us at: email@example.com with any course related questions. We will endeavour to respond asap.
HOME PRACTICE: We recommend that you practice each of the exercises you are shown in class as often as you can in between weekly sessions. A minimum of 1-2 bite-sized, 20 minute daily practice sessions are a superb way to help you develop the essential muscle memory required for enabling your hands and fingers to obtain control of the ukulele. The video tutorials and audio play-alongs help enormously with home practice so use them to your advantage. Keep you ukulele within reach for regular practice sessions as out of sight, out of mind.
END OF TERM CELEBRATION: During the final week of each term, all UCL Members gather for the UCL end of term celebration. There are three events throughout the year that coincide with the 3 terms; SPRING, SUMMER and the final FESTIVE CELEBRATION. This session will gather all current UCL club members together in an exclusive venue to showcase their newly learnt ukulele skills. All groups get the chance to perform along with special guest appearances from established local ukulele bands and artists. Friends and family are very welcome to attend the celebration events for a small fee. Each event consists of a fundraising raffle to assist some fantastic charitable courses within the city. Flyers and posters will be available prior to each event. Please share and join the Facebook event pages to keep up to date with all event activity.
NEXT STEPS: Upon completion of this course you can apply to join the level 2.1 Basic Skills course where you will be introduced the next stage of ukulele lessons or if you feel like you could do with a bit more training at level one or have missed a few too many classes, then you are very welcome to rejoin the same course again the following term. Each term consists of different song exploration so there will be new content to learn upon repetition.