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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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The V-Tones Are Lighting Up Our Stage!

Posted June 26, 2014

We’re excited to welcome back an amazing and UN-forgettable trio of musicians to our stage on Friday, July 25th, The V-Tones. Powerful and quirky, cool, classic and like nothing you’ve ever seen, The V-Tones wow crowds with hypnotically rhythmic post-Modern Ragtime, Gypsy, Jazz, Swing and Jugband music. What could make this musical adventure even more fabulous? How about a tap-dancing leading lady with a great set of pipes and sizzling style?

Meet The V-Tones of Charleston!

Noodle McDoodle- Soprano and baritone ukulele, vocal, slide whistle, kazoo, megaphone, & master planner.
Eden Fonvielle- Baritone and soprano ukulele, tap dancing and vocal.
Jeff Narkiewicz- Upright bass and vocals.

Join us!

Friday, July 25th

North Carolina Ukulele Academy
203 Racine Dr., Ste. 205
Wilmington, NC 28403

Workshop with Noodle- 5:30pm $35 (includes concert)
V-Tones Concert- 8:00pm $12

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Get your tickets early, this concert will sell out!


Learn tricks and techniques that will take your basic ukulele playing to the next level! Noodle McDoodle, avid ukulelian and grand poo-bah behind the V-Tones of Charleston, will share strumming tricks, chord substitutions and knowledge that’ll help you improve and enhance your ukulele playing. Noodle likes to convey his information in the context of a song, so be prepared to absorb what you can, and then apply it to your own style and genre.

Noodle has taught ukulele during workshops at The North Carolina Ukulele Academy, at Augusta Heritage Swing Week, Hungry Monks Music School, and at the Blackwater Ukulele Festival.

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Schedule of Events 2014

Posted April 10, 2014

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.

2014 Schedule of Events

Specific dates and times to come.

April 21: Spring Class Session Starts

April 30: Concert & Workshop with Ragtime & Blues Ukulele Master, Del Rey

May 24: Community Ukulele Jam

May 25: Workshop-Beginner Intensive

June 28: Community Ukulele Jam

July 7: Summer Class Session Starts

July 25: Concert & Workshop with Charleston’s Swing & Ragtime  band the V-Tones

July 26: Ukulele Jam

Aug. 10: Special Program: History of the Ukulele. Follow us through the years of ukulele, hear songs & stories and see a collection of vintage ukuleles and sheet music from the 1900’s on.

Aug. 30: Community Ukulele Jam

Aug. 31: Workshop-Beginner Intensive

Sept. 6: Concert & Workshop with Sarah Maisel & Craig Chee

Sept. 27:  Community Ukulele Jam (CANCELED-sorry!)

Sept. 29: Fall Class Session Starts

Oct. 25: Community Ukulele Jam (The last Jam for 2014!)

Nov. 8: Workshop-Play By Ear 1 & 2 with Jim D’Ville

Nov. 11: Concert with Jake Shimabukuro at Kenan Auditorium

Dec. 7: Workshop-Ukulele Christmas Songs (6th Annual). Always merry, always sold out! Make your reservations early.


Questions about any of the upcoming events? Call us at 910-538-3419.

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We welcome UNC-TV & North Carolina Weekend

Posted April 10, 2014

The Ukulele Academy will be featured on UNC-TV  Thursday, April 9th at 9pm and Friday April 10th  on their show, North Carolina Weekend.

We had a great time with the crew of UNC-TV as they visited our classes and store and even enjoyed live music with us at our recent Victoria Vox concert. Tune in to UNC-TV Thursday, April 10 at 9pm to see what they have to say about the state’s one and only Ukulele Academy.

Here’s our jam-packed schedule for the upcoming months…don’t miss a thing! View schedule of events >


About UNC-TV’s North Carolina Weekend:

Join host DeboDeborah Holt Noelrah Holt Noel as she shares the best things to “see and do” across the state each weekend. After a long week of work, chores, and routines, most people breathe a sigh of relief when the weekend arrives. But how can people find out about all the great places to visit across the state? How can folks get an idea of what an event might be like–before driving two hours to find out for themselves? Wherever you live in North Carolina, chances are nearby a music festival, a craft show, a barbecue or a street fair is waiting for you on the weekend. Whether it’s 5 or 50 miles away, there’s a myriad of possibilities to make you look forward to your next trip…and that’s what “North Carolina Weekend” is all about!

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Del Rey Concert & Workshop, Apr. 30

Posted April 7, 2014

Ukulele powerhouse, Del Rey, from Seattle, Washington, is one of the most dynamic players of country, blues and ragtime today. Her stylings on fingerpicked guitar and ukulele leave jaws dropped at the end of her shows – she is truly a treasure to behold. Del Rey is a rare ukulele talent, not to be missed. She’ll only be playing two dates in North Carolina. One is her appearance at MerleFest, the other is on our stage at the Ukulele Academy. And, we have the added privilege of full access to this ukulele master via a lively workshop led by Del herself. Join us!

Wednesday, April 30th

North Carolina Ukulele Academy
203 Racine Dr., Ste. 205
Wilmington, NC 28403

Workshop with Del Rey- 5:30pm $35 (includes concert)
Del Rey Concert- 8:00pm $12

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“Rey is one of the greatest modern players of the metal-bodied resonator guitar and ukulele.” Acoustic Guitar Magazine

“Whilst known for her amazing instrumental skills … it should not be overlooked that she always provides a very entertaining show, full of variety, drama and humour.” Blues In Britain

Creator of famed ukulele instruction DVD, ‘Blue Uke’, Del Rey is a master of fingerpicking, chording and so much more. She is a joy to learn from and to hear.


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Concert and Workshop with Victoria Vox

Posted March 12, 2014

Award-winning singer/songwriter, Victoria Vox will be onstage with her ukulele at the Academy for a rousing concert. She’ll play a full show of refreshing, heartfelt, original tunes. It will be an intimate night of songs and the stories behind them.

Saturday, March 29th

North Carolina Ukulele Academy
203 Racine Dr., Ste. 205
Wilmington, NC 28403

Workshop- 4pm $35 (includes concert)
Concert- 7:30pm $12

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About Victoria Vox:

For the past ten years Victoria Vox has been performing and honing her songwriting craft on the ukulele. Touring both nationally and internationally, Victoria has found acclaim from fans and critics alike. In 2012 she crowd-funded the 52 Original Song Project, taking a full year to write and record a song a week. Her eighth album, Key, was released in the spring of 2013 and features 11-tracks created during the Original Song Project.

Victoria also made an appearance on the Jay Leno Show in December of 2009 to display her unique talent of playing mouth trumpet, that is, recreating spot on trumpet sounds only using her mouth. For more information on Victoria’s music and upcoming events, visit her website>>.

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January 2014 Monthly Ukulele Jam

Posted January 22, 2014

Aloha, ukulele lovers!

It’s time for 2014’s very first Ukulele Academy Strummers Group monthly jam —join us this Saturday, January 25th. The strumming begins at 4:00 and goes until 6:00 at 203 Racine Drive, Suite 205, in Wilmington, NC.

Get ready to have fun: it doesn’t matter if you’re an expert or just learning, everyone’s welcome here. And as always, come ready to enjoy some refreshing refreshments while you strum.

The songs for this month’s jam can be found in the Daily Ukulele book by Jim Beloff. If you’d like your own copy, we have the book available for sale in our Ukulele Shop. And this month, we’re also playing some songs from the Daily Ukulele Leap Year Edition.

This month’s songs are…

(from Daily Ukulele):
– Auld Lang Syne (Key of C), pg 286

– Far Away Places (Key of D), pg 79

– The Letter (Key of Em), pg 149

– Down in the Valley (Key of D), pg 69

(from Daily Ukulele Leap Year Edition):

– Take Me Home Country Roads (Key of F), pg 340

– Good Riddance (Key of D), pg 129

– Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive (Key of C), pg 14

– Octopus’s Garden (Key of C), pg 268

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

Hope to see you at the jam on Saturday!



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Christmas Workshop was Merry & Bright!

Posted January 2, 2014

Thanks to everyone who joined our Ukulele community at the North Carolina Ukulele Academy for the 2013 Christmas Music Workshop. Beginners and experts alike added some holiday jingle to their repertoires (all while enjoying hot apple cider, coffee and the fresh baked graham cracker brownies that Kent’s nearly famous for.)

Did you miss it? Awww…well, all’s not lost. Get our workshop book, Christmas Ukulele, Hawaiian Style and get strumming! Maybe it’s a little too early to start thinking about next year’s Christmas workshop but, hey, at least promise yourself to add ‘more ukulele playing’ to your list of New Year’s resolutions.

Mele Kalikimaka and happy holidays to everyone from all of us at the North Carolina Ukulele Academy!

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November Concerts

Posted October 4, 2013

We’re pleased to announce three amazing November concerts:

Saturday, November 9:
The Quiet American
Concert & workshop

The Quiet American is husband and wife duo, Aaron and Nicole keim. A home-grown modern folk revival, their music incorporates traditional ballads, banjo breakdowns, raggy choruses, gospel duets and other dusty americana gems, all delivered on a wide variety of acoustic instruments.
More about The Quiet American >

Wednesday, November 20:
Lil’ Rev
Concert & workshop

A deep-rooted musician / songwriter / instrumentalist / storyteller / historian / interpreter of traditional Americana music and culture.
More about Lil Rev>

Thursday, November 21:
Jake Shimabukuro

Jake Shimabukuro has redefined a heretofore under-the-radar instrument, been declared a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone, won accolades from the disparate likes of Eddie Vedder, Perez Hilton and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, earned comparisons to Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis, and even played in front of the Queen of England.
More about the upcoming Concert>  or GET TICKETS NOW >

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Jumpin’ Jim Beloff workshop and concert

Posted April 2, 2013
beloffHeaderJoin us for a night of light-hearted ukulele fun…
If you’ve ever seen our beloved ‘Daily Ukulele’ book, you’ll know that its author, Jim Beloff is a ukulele icon. We’re so excited to have Jumpin’ Jim himself along with his lovely wife, Leapin’ Liz here for a concert and special workshop.
Saturday, April 20, 2013


“Strummin’ With Jumpin’ Jim Beloff”
3 – 5pm

Workshop $45(includes concert admission)


Here’s a chance to take your skills to a new level. A dozen or so well-known songs (including ones from the new Daily Ukulele: Leap Year Edition songbook) will be played while learning new chords, strums, a picking pattern, transposing on the fly and performance tips and techniques along the way. Perfect for advanced beginners! Bring your GCEA-tuned uke and be ready to have a lot of fun.

Doors open at 7:10pm

Advance tickets for the concert are $12.

Get your tickets early – this concert will sell out…It’s Jumpin’ Jim, after all!

For information call 910-538-3419 or reply to this email.

See you at the concert!



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