Uke U. (not a Music Together® offering) is a Hawaii-themed, mommy-and-me beginner ukulele program developed by Jackie Freimor in 2013. The class is for children 3 to 6 years of age with an adult caregiver.
Before registering for a Uke U. class, please note that although older children in this class may well learn to play a few chords on the instrument, most of the children will not--and that's OK! Children in this age group are usually not developmentally ready for instrument lessons. The class, then, is really for you--the adult. The idea is that your child will get an introduction to the instrument while you learn how to play so that you may guide your child when they are developmentally ready for more formal instruction. Jackie created the program this way because that's how she learned to play guitar when she was 6 years old--from her mother, who was herself learning to play guitar.
Because you are the true student in a Uke U. class, each class is typically divided into three segments of formal instruction geared toward adults. Between and sometimes during the segments, children are asked to color activity pages in the workbook or keep the beat on drums while the adults sing and play. We also dance to Hawaiian and other beach music and have jam sessions with rhythm instruments.
Classes are 45 minutes long and meet once weekly for 8 weeks in the fall, winter, and spring and sometimes in the summer. Included in the tuition are a soprano ukulele each for the child and his or her caregiver, a workbook for the adult, and an activity book for the child; each additional registered child receives a ukulele and an activity book as well. Each family receives an electronic tuner.
Uke Too (not a Music Together offering) was developed by Jackie Freimor and Jill Geddes in 2019 as a continuation of the mommy-and-me beginner ukulele program Uke U. for children 3 to 6 years of age with an adult caregiver. Note: This class is for adults who have completed one or more semesters of Uke U. and/or who can already play ukulele at the advanced beginner level.
Classes are 45 minutes long and meet once weekly for 8 weeks in the fall, winter, and spring and sometimes in the summer. Each family receives The Daily Ukulele fakebook, and each child receives an activity book. Please BYOU (bring your own uke)!