Schedule of Events 2017

Posted January 10, 2017

2017 Schedule of Events

JANUARY
Jan 28:
 Ukulele Jam
Jan 30: Winter Class Session Starts

FEBRUARY
Feb 25
: Ukulele Jam

MARCH
Mar 25
: Ukulele Jam

APRIL
Apr 17:
 Spring Class Session Starts
Apr 29: Ukulele Jam

MAY
May 20: Ukulele Jam

JUNE
Jun 19-24: Teaching at Steve Kaufman Acoustic Kamp, Maryville, TN

JULY
July 10 :
 Summer Class Session Starts
July 22: Ukulele Jam

AUGUST
Aug. TBA :
History of The Ukulele Program
Aug. 26: Ukulele Jam

SEPTEMBER
Sept 30: Ukulele Jam

OCTOBER
Oct. 2:
Fall Class Session Starts
Oct. 28: Ukulele Jam (Last Jam for 2017)

DECEMBER
Dec. 3:
Workshop-Ukulele Christmas Songs (9th Annual)

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Kent at Kaufman’s Acoustic Kamp

Posted October 26, 2016

We’re excited to announce that our own Kent Knorr will be teaching Ukulele at the legendary “Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Kamp” June 18-24th, 2017.

Kent will be the Ukulele Instructor for Week Two of Steve Kaufman’s acclaimed Kamp in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Kamp
June 18-24, 2017
Maryville College, Maryville, TN

Steve’s Kamps are designed to gather musicians of all levels from around the globe with common goals – learning, playing, eating and sleeping music. Whether you are a beginner’s beginner or a seasoned professional, each Kamp’s classes and activities will inspire and challenge you. The intent is to maintain a non-competitive, learning atmosphere that will encourage you to grow musically and seek out new ways of playing your instrument.

Special thanks to Steve Kaufman for the invite. We’re looking forward to a GREAT week of music!

Get more info about Kaufman’s Kamp at flatpik.com

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1-Day Beginner Intensive Workshop is here!

Posted August 18, 2015

If you’ve always wanted to take our Adult Beginner Ukulele class but can’t commit to 6 weeks or don’t live close enough to stop in every week, this special one-day intensive workshop is for you!

Enjoy all the fun and aloha of our weekly adult class condensed into 5 high-energy hours of ukulele learning and know-how with kumu, Kent Knorr.

The details:

1-Day Beginner Intensive Workshop for Adults

You’ll learn:
– How to strum
– Parts and tuning of the ukulele
– Basic rhythm and chords
– Hawaiian tunes and other favorites
– Plus a crash course in ukulele history, famous ukulele players and what aloha is really all about

* Level: Adult Beginner
* No Experience Needed

$89 per person
includes our Class Workbook and CD
Sunday, September 6th,  Noon – 5pm
Reserve your spot now >>

We’ll have light refreshments, too. Reserve your spot now for this first-ever 1-day Intensive. This workshop will sell out!

Questions? Give me a call at 910-538-3419.

Mahalo,

Kent

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It’s Back! 1-Day Beginner Intensive Workshop

Posted May 7, 2015

If you’ve always wanted to take our Adult Beginner Ukulele class but can’t commit to 6 weeks or don’t live close enough to stop in every week, this special one-day intensive workshop is for you!

Enjoy all the fun and aloha of our weekly adult class condensed into 5 high-energy hours of ukulele learning and know-how with kumu, Kent Knorr.

The details:

1-Day Beginner Intensive Workshop for Adults

You’ll learn:
– How to strum
– Parts and tuning of the ukulele
– Basic rhythm and chords
– Hawaiian tunes and other favorites
– Plus a crash course in ukulele history, famous ukulele players and what aloha is really all about

* Level: Adult Beginner
* No Experience Needed

$80 per person
includes our Class Workbook and CD
Sunday, May 24th Noon – 5pm
Reserve your spot now >>

We’ll have light refreshments, too. Reserve your spot now for this first-ever 1-day Intensive. This workshop will sell out!

Questions? Give me a call at 910-538-3419.

Mahalo,

Kent

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Schedule of Events 2015

Posted January 20, 2015

There’s so much fun and activity going on here at the Ukulele Academy this year. Take a look at what’s coming up and make plans to join us.

2015 Schedule of Events

Specific dates and times to come.

Jan 31: Community Ukulele Jam

Feb 2: Winter Class Session Starts

Feb 28: Community Ukulele Jam

March 28: Community Ukulele Jam

April 13: Spring Class Session Starts

 

May 2: Community Ukulele Jam

May 23: Community Ukulele Jam

May 24: Workshop-Beginner Intensive

 

June 27: Community Ukulele Jam

 

July 13: Summer Class Session Starts

July 25: Community Ukulele Jam

July 26:  Workshop: 1920’s & 30’s Songs & Tricks  (POSTPONED-date TBA)

 

Aug 16: History of The Ukulele Program

Aug 29: Community Ukulele Jam

 

Sept 6: Workshop-Beginner Intensive

Sept 28: Fall Class Session Starts

 

Oct 18: Workshop-Beatles Songs (POSTPONED-new date will be in January)

Oct 24: Community Ukulele Jam (last jam for 2015)

 

Dec. 6: Workshop-Ukulele Christmas Songs (7th Annual)

 

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Special Play-by-Ear Workshop with Jim D’ville

Posted October 25, 2014

Join us for the Play Ukulele By Ear Workshop with Jim D’Ville!
Saturday, November 8th at 11am – 1:15pm.

Reserve Your Spot Now »

All Skill Levels Welcome

Get off that piece of paper — learn to Play Ukulele By Ear!
This entertaining and informative workshop will give you the tools you need to tap into your innate musical abilities. Playing by ear is easy, it’s fun and it will propel your understanding of how music works to a new level. Starting with the basics of rhythm and timing, Jim will lead the group through popular songs from one to four chords in structure, in the genres of rock, pop, folk and blues.  This is the fast track to also learning how to play together with others in a group by ear.

This workshop will make you a better listener and student!

You’ll learn how to:
• tune your ukulele by ear (and tune your ears)
• recognize basic chord progressions
• learn the basis of how all songs are composed

This is a fun and interactive class that will change the way you approach learning new songs not only on the ukulele, but on any instrument. All skill levels welcome, however, knowledge of basic chord shapes (C F G7) is helpful.

2 hours with a small break

Workshop Cost: $40
Saturday, November 8th at 11am – 1:15pm
Location: 
North Carolina Ukulele Academy
203 Racine Dr., Wilmington, NC 28403

Reserve your spot online now or call 910-538-3419.

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October Ukulele Jam – Last one of the year!

Posted October 24, 2014

Get ready for the October Ukulele Jam—join us this Saturday, October 25 from 4 to 6 as we sing and strum the ukulele.

All the songs are in Jim Beloff’s Daily Ukulele book (Yellow Book), and the Leap Year Edition (Blue Book). If you’d like your own copy, we have the book available for sale in our Ukulele Shop.

Here’s what we’ll be jammin’ on this time:

Yellow Book:
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, Key C/Pg. 174
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, Key G/Pg. 68
Brown Eyed Girl, Key C/Pg. 39
Tiny Bubbles, Key F/Pg. 241
Blue Book:
Peaceful Easy Feeling, Key D/Pg.278
Sweet Caroline, Key G/Pg. 332
One Love, Key F/Pg. 272
The strumming begins at 4pm and goes until 6pm.
203 Racine Drive, Suite 205, in Wilmington, NC.

It doesn’t matter if you’re an expert or just learning, everybody has fun here and all are welcome! And as always, there’ll be plenty of good stuff to eat and drink.

We want to play music that you’ll enjoy–if you have a special song you’d like everyone to jam on, bring along 20 printed copies and, hey, we’ll all give it a try!

Questions? Give me a call at 910-538-3419.

Mahalo and see you at the jam!

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Mike Keale In Concert, October 10

Posted September 10, 2014

Join us as Hawaii’s Mike Keale brings his special brand of aloha and music to our Ukulele Academy stage.

Keale, first cousin of legendary Israel Kamakawiwo’ole (Braddah Iz) and the nephew of Moe Keale (musician and Hawaii 5-0 actor), carries on his family’s tradition of heartfelt, soulful music of the islands.

He has been honored to be nominated for two Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (think ‘Grammys’ of Hawaii)- Most Promising Artist and Island Music Album of the Year.

Mike’s music and amazing voice have the power to transport an audience to the tropical shores of his native Hawaii. We are honored to have him share his gifts on our Academy stage.

Join us for an evening of traditional Hawaiian music, island favorites and Keale’s rich Hawaiian tones.

Friday, October 10, 2014
8:00pm
Doors open at 7:30pm

Advance tickets for the concert are $18.
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Sarah Maisel & Craig Chee in Concert

Posted August 15, 2014

We have a very special duo performing on our stage… ukulele masters, Sarah Maisel & Craig Chee.

They’ll be teaching two workshops, followed by a concert on Saturday, September 6th.

Sarah Maisel, hailed as the “Queen of Jazz Ukulele” by international music critics, has taken the world by storm and strum. She has performed at ukulele festivals in England and Australia and around the US. And she loves to teach ukulele as much as she loves to play.

Craig Chee of Hawai’i has studied under Jake Shimabukuro and Troy Fernandez. His lively style and impressive skill have made him a favorite among ukulele lovers. He loves to share his passion for ukulele through teaching workshops and through his albums.

Sarah and Craig will be performing together jazz classics, beautiful originals and feats of ukulele prowess that will send you off to another world.

Get Tickets Online >

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“American Sarah Maisel, one of the headline acts at this year’s Cairns Ukulele Festival, is a notable exception – a ukulele whiz who demonstrates sublime touch and feel to showcase the four stringed instrument’s genre-spanning capabilities”

“A consummate and charismatic singer with an expressive voice that allows her to cover all styles of Jazz…”

-Rhythms, Australia

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“Sarah Maisel has established herself as a solid presence on the local jazz scene following the success of her 2010 debut, Have Uke Will Travel (see March 2012 San Diego Troubadour). Her unique combination of almost astonishing skill on ukulele and expressive, charming vocals is something different, crossing genres and establishing a sound completely her own. ”

“This is more testimony to Maisel the ukulele whiz, without overdubs she makes the tenor uke sound like a hybrid somewhere between jazz guitar and piano.”

– San Diego Troubadour

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Craig Chee collaborated with great musicians for his first album and  continued that tradition with the new album by including friends [...]

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    Ukulele Performance & Exhibit: History of the Ukulele in Song

Ukulele Performance & Exhibit: History of the Ukulele in Song

Posted July 31, 2014

Take your senses on an afternoon trip to the Hawaiian islands. Kent Knorr, instructor at the North Carolina Ukulele Academy, brings the aloha to you with a ukulele performance that presents the instrument’s history in song. Ever wonder who created the first ukulele? Ever wonder how it caught on in Hawaii and beyond? Follow the ukulele’s royal history-from its humble origins to its rumbling rise throughout the mainland in the early twentieth century and finally, to the new talents and trends of today. Kent will share the entertaining story of the uke through the ages and accompany it with lively music from each era.  

Check out a display of over 50 vintage and collectible ukuleles.  Kent Knorr is the founder of the North Carolina Ukulele Academy, in Wilmington. Established in 2007, it’s the only academy and ukulele store of its kind in the region. Offering all levels of ukulele instruction, the academy focuses on the spirit of aloha while teaching people to make their own music and share it with their family, or ohana.  Join Kent for a musical ukulele journey through history.

Sunday August 10th, 4pm

On the Ukulele Academy Stage

Admission: $12.00

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