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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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
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.

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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


“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


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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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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