UCL Level 1 Course 18+
UCL Level 1: Absolute Beginners Course [18+] JANUARY 2020
EASTFIELD PLAY CENTRE, 7 Eastfield Drive, Aigburth, Liverpool, L17 4LH
COURSE TIMES: Tuesdays at 10.00am or 6.20pm
COURSE START DATE: Tuesday, 21st January 2020 (see timetable for all dates)
GUIDED LEARNING HOURS: 9 plus live performance at exclusive venue during week 10
THANKS for choosing UCL to begin your new ukulele and music learning adventures. There are two class times for this option taking place on Tuesday's at 10.00am and 6.20pm. Please make sure you select the correct time when booking.
This 10 week course is designed for the absolute beginner with no music playing experience at all. You will learn the basic skills required to get you started whilst exploring three songs in a variety of music categories. See below for course content.
Once you have booked you will receive an email confirming your booking along with the full course timetable, a membership form that should be completed and brought along to your first session, terms and conditions and some top tips on how to prepare for the course.
Approximately 2 weeks before the course commences you will receive a further email with information on how to set up your UCL website account from where you will be able to access all course materials for the duration of the 10 weeks along with a link to a Closed Facebook Group where you can communicate with your class and course leader outside of club hours if required. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you prefer not to use Facebook.
The final week is where you get to meet up with all other UCL members at our exclusive venue to showcase you new skills. Friends and family are welcome to attend these events.
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.