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.



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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.

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

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

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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

Get tickets online>>>

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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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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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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