Classes

Spring 2018 Registration Now Open!

Welcome back – I hope everyone had a great Spring Break!

Classes resume the week of April 16 and run 6 weeks right up until Memorial Day Weekend. Click here to Find Your Class.

If you’re not sure which class is right for you, or have questions about attendance or location details, check out our new Class FAQ page. If you don’t find your question(s) addressed there, feel free to reach out to me any time: avery@learnsongbysong.com

Also … know any kinda beginning players?

Ukulele 2 – Free Demo Class

Saturday, April 14 – 10:00am – Lincoln St Methodist Church – 5145 SE Lincoln St, Portland

This demo class is intended for those students who have mostly taught themselves some chords and songs themselves, but are looking for a more guidance to help them deepen their musical skills. This demo class will survey the types of songs and skills we will cover in Ukulele 2, including a quick review of all the chords in our favorite Key of C, and then a dive into the keys of D, G, and A through the study of the 12-Bar Blues, followed by some Carter Family three-chord songs. Whew! Are you interested? Or know someone who might be? Details and registration here.

Hope to see you back in class soon!

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Happy New Year 2018!

Welcome back, everyone! I hope and trust you all had pleasant and (somewhat) restful holidays, wherever and whatever you celebrate…

Beginning a new year is always a great time to take stock of what matters most and what we find ourselves wanting to work for in the future. This month marks *five* years since I began teaching music, and it boggles my mind to think of the journey it has already taken me on: the people I have met, the songs we have sung, and smiles and laughs we have shared. Thank you so much to all of you who have been a part of this journey! As you take stock of your own 2018 adventures, I sincerely hope that music, and making music in community with others, is at or near the top of your list, as well.

If so, I’m excited to offer you several opportunities to make music a part of your life this year:

Ukulele J-Term: January 11 – February 1

Ukulele 1: Thursdays, 5:30-7:00pm at Artichoke Music – For the absolute beginner, this class will get you started on the right path with your ukulele. (Note: Baritone ukulele players should contact me separately, as it is tuned differently and may require private lessons to give you the best start.) Class starts January 11 – Register here

January Workshop Series: Saturdays, 10:00am – 12:30pm at various locations – For Advanced Beginner through to Advanced players, this series of workshops is intended to focus on specific skills to support your playing:

  • January 13: Music Theory at the Campfire* – Artichoke Music (Inner SE PDX)
  • January 20: Playing & Singing Harmony with the Carter Family* – W Hills UU Fellowship (SW PDX)
  • January 27: Build Your Sense of Rhythm – Lincoln St Methodist (SE PDX)

* For these classes, it is best if you are familiar with the three-chord families of the key of C, D, G, and A. If you’re not sure about a workshop, or have any questions, email me at: avery@learnsongbysong.com

Find complete class descriptions and registration here

 

Regular Weekly Classes Resume February 6

For those of you ready dive back into weekly classes, check out the upcoming schedule here so you can save the dates and decide which class works best for you. Registration will open soon!

 

Happy uke-ing, my friends!

Special Events

You are invited …

Sunday, December 10 – 4:00pm

Lincoln St Methodist Church, 5145 SE Lincoln St., Portland

Occasionally throughout the year, I enjoy organizing events that allow my students to share their music learning with friends and family.  This year, though, we’re upping the ante:

  • Joining Song by Song ukulele students of Avery Hill in this performance will be banjo and harmony singing students of fellow Portland music educator Leela Grace
  • Before and after our celebration, and during intermission, local woman-owned businesses will be selling their goods and services to help you with your holiday shopping. Check back soon for a profile of these participants!

I invite you to Save the Date for this special event so you can plan to attend. Bring your friends, bring your family, and bring your open ears to celebrate the hard work of these musicians.

Classes

New & Continuing Classes begin this week …

 

New Classes begin this week … enroll now to reserve your spot!

Leaves are falling and our learning continues! Our class schedule continues into November/December mostly the same as our previous term.

Whether you are a new or a continuing student, you can Find Your Class Here.

And, as always, feel free to reach out with any questions to: hello@learnsongbysong.com

See you in class!

Special Events

Special Video Invite

Ok, so it’s not on cardstock with our initials embossed in gold, but …

… Anne Weiss and I would still like to share this special invitation:

Like those harmonies? Like that picking pattern? We’re happy to share them with you at our Singing & Ukulele Retreat, October 27-29. Choose your package: Weekend Pass or Saturday Pass.

Questions? Let us know: avery@learnsongbysong.com

Classes, Special Events

Registration is OPEN for Fall Ukulele Retreat

 

Anne Weiss and I are really looking forward to this special event! Join us and kick back in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge for a memorable musical experience, where you will learn more about:

  • Making music with others
  • Improving your vocal and instrument skills
  • Expanding your repertoire

In addition to instruction time, you’ll have the opportunity to go on a local hike, visit local wineries, and/or enjoy a one-on-one lesson with myself and/or co-instructor Anne Weiss.

Come for the whole weekend, or come for the day on Saturday. Whichever you prefer, be sure to take advantage of our Early Bird registration this week, ending Monday, October 2:

                             

One thing important to note:

You are responsible for reserving your room! Contact the Lyle through their website or call: (509) 365-5953. They have reserved all rooms for us until Monday, October 2, after which rooms will be released to the general public.

As always, if you have any questions about this event (not hotel-related), feel free to let us know at hello@learnsongbysong.com

Can’t wait to see you there!

 

Classes, Resources

Free Demo Classes September 9 & 10

With the opening of a new location and the start of a new class, Song by SongTM is letting you try something new:

Ukulele 1 (offered East & West) is for the absolute beginner. I’m talking no music experience necessary, you don’t have to know what a note is or a chord or even what your favorite song is (because I’ll teach you some!). Come on by: September 10 – 1:30pm – West Hills UU Fellowship, 8470 SW Oleson Rd, Portland, Oregon. We’ll have ukuleles available for you to try out, songs ready to go, all you need is some curiosity and a smile. Let us know you’re coming by registering here.

Intro to Ukulele Ensemble is for all ages of folks who are up for a challenge. Maybe you’re still relatively new to the ukulele, but you’re not really into the sing + strum thing. You’d prefer to let your uke do the singing (think Jake Shimabukuro). Or maybe you love the sing + strum thing, but you want to expand your skill set as you play and sing (think James Hill). Either way, this class is going to make you a better player and a better musician all around.The free demo of this class is Saturday, September 9 – 12:00noon – Artichoke Music, 2007 SE Powell Blvd. in SE Portland. Curious? Let us know you’re coming by registering here.

Classes

Fall 2017 Schedule & Events

Happy September, everyone!

Back to school means back to music … lots to look forward to as we gather again to raise our ukuleles and sing together again. Registration is open for Fall classes and – oh! – the choices! With a new location opening in Southwest Portland, and two new classes added to the mix, there is a lot to look forward to:

Find your class to review full details, descriptions, and addresses.

Curious to try before you buy? Come to a free demo class.

 

Questions? Don’t hesitate to get in touch: hello@learnsongbysong.com

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Welcome!

Have you ever been to a campfire? The kind where people are laughing and singing and making music together? Welcome to Song by SongTM – where we keep the campfire spirit alive, offering fun and effective ukulele classes in a relaxed learning environment that provides you all the tools you need to discover and nurture the musician within. This website hub will keep you up to date on both in-person and online learning opportunities, as well as additional resources to keep you learning efficiently and joyfully along the way.

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A-maze-ing Laughter – Bronze Sculpture by Yue Minjun in Vancouver, BC