What we're about

Kia Ora,

This is a group for those of you living in Auckland who would like to get-together with other music lovers in a cozy and safe setting to develop new musical skills together (specifically, ukulele playing, general musicality, listening skills, harmony singing and group improvisation) while having fun with sharing songs we love and know.

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Payment of $20/person/class can be made in cash on the day or directly to the following account:

ANZ Freedom account

Name: Ms S Wilson

Number: 01-0205-0083380-00

Booking is required via the events on this page. There are 20 spaces max in each class available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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A little more info:

My name is Sonia and I am a Franco-American singer and musician from Paris, France. I've been living in Auckland for the past three years and started off working both as a musician and as a reliever in an Early Childhood Education Centre in Mt Eden. As various ECE teachers, students, parents of young children and others had expressed a desire to learn the basics of Ukulele playing and various songs with me, I started offering some affordable small group lessons near my home in Mt Eden a couple of years ago. These classes have since then expanded and grown into the three classes offered on this Meetup page :) For the past couple of years, music (performance and teaching) has been my full-time occupation.

Alongside these group classes, I offer individual lessons to children and adults in music (beginner ukulele and/or guitar, beginner-intermediate singing), French conversation and sometimes, a combination of the above (music in French). The ages of my current students range from 3 to 75!

My desire in creating this weekly group class is to make music more accessible to anyone who wishes to connect through music with themselves, their family, friends and/or community. Music is a beautiful language for communicating emotions and ideas; I believe it should be available for everyone to use and enjoy.

The lessons will cover some or all of the above (depending on the group's wishes):

- ukulele tuning
- games to develop musicality
- voice & body warm-ups
- learning chords and riffs on the ukulele
- learning a collection of songs and children's songs (on voice & ukulele)
- musical improvisation as a group
- singing tips
- song requests from the group
- harmony singing

My musical background is in choir singing, world music a capella singing, singing harmony and/or lead on stage and recordings, guitar playing, songwriting, a 9-month course in 'sound, voice and music healing' (at CIIS in SF, US), street music and ukulele playing. I am a member of the Auckland-based ten-piece guitar ensemble Gitbox Rebellion https://www.gitboxrebellion.nz/ and have been performing with various groups and solo as a singer/guitarist/ukulele player since my move to New Zealand.

Please get in touch if you are interested in taking lessons (group or individual) so we can work out a suitable schedule according to your availability and my own...

For a 60-minute group class with five people or more, I am currently charging $20 per person (individual lessons at my home in Mt Eden cost $50 for 45 minutes or $60 for an hour).

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2020 UPDATE - INFORMATION ON THE GROUP CLASSES:

Thanks to the Ockham Collective artistic residency program, the Auckland Beginner Ukulele & Singing group sessions are now being offered at the Ockham Collective Hypatia Precinct (https://goo.gl/maps/L2dQgeyihEHjXAVW7) situated at G01/246 Khyber Pass Road, Grafton, Auckland 1023. This move follows a successful interview I had to become a music-teacher-in-residence at the Ockham Collective's beautiful arts community space: https://ockhamcollective.org.nz/our-residents

Please use the entrance on the corner of Khyber Pass Road and Huntly Ave.

BOOKING & PRICING:

Booking is required. There are 20 spaces max in each class available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Please book your space for each class you'd like to attend by signing up for the events on this Meetup page.

Pricing is $20 per person per class. Please pay in cash on the day or online, as above.

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Thanks & hope to see you soon!

xoxo Sonia

Upcoming events (4+)

ONLINE Once-a-week 11am ukulele & singing lessons

Online event

Hi all,

Due to the current level 3 lockdown I'll be hosting 1h30 music sessions on Zoom at 11am each Sunday until further notice.

Payment of $20/person/class can be made directly online to the following account:

ANZ Freedom account

Name: Ms S Wilson

Number:[masked]

Those wishing to join classes online via Zoom can use this link:

Topic: ONLINE Once-a-week 11am ukulele & singing lessons

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6069421037?pwd=eDY5WmlwUTQ1MEEwNDNJb3A3MEphUT09

Meeting ID:[masked]
Passcode:[masked]

Thanks & see you then!

xoxo Sonia

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Welcome to the 11am Auckland intermediate/advanced ukulele & singing lessons!

There are 3 separate classes offered each Sunday (newcomer/complete beginner at 1.30pm, beginner/intermediate at 12.15 & this one: intermediate at 11am).

This 11am class is intended for those of you who already know basic major and minor chord shapes, have learned a few strumming patterns, can play a few songs on the ukulele and feel keen on advancing a bit faster than in a group for beginners.

I'm looking forward to meeting you and sharing music together.

• What we'll do in this class

We will be exploring the basics of music theory around this instrument (no rocket science, just enough to get you comfortable with playing by ear, improvisation and how to decipher simple tabs or music scores) and the voice, as well as learning chord shapes, strumming patterns and a variety of songs in different genres. We will occasionally venture into the realm of playful group improvisations! :)

One of the main challenges of playing ukulele and singing is the art of putting those two together, so we will spend time getting to know the phrasing of various songs and developing your ability to synchronize your singing and playing so you can build up the skill and confidence to perform in front of an audience, if you wish to do so.

As I am experienced in a cappella world music singing with a choir, we will also take a look at some harmony singing on a few of the songs.

• What to bring

A ukulele! Many of my students also find it helpful to have a strap on their ukulele.

Please tune your ukulele before the lesson using an electric clip-on ukulele tuner or a tuner app on your smartphone.

It will be much easier to play the notes / chord shapes on uke if the nails on your left hand are not too long.

For returning students, please have the handouts from previous sessions within your reach, either digitally or in print.

• Important to know

Please don't shy away from this learning experience by fear of not being good enough. This is specifically a beginner's workshop and everyone is musical in my opinion. It's just a matter of exposure, experience and practice. I intend for these group lessons to be educational in a fun and relaxed kind of way. My intention is to create a "safe zone" for musical play and learning in good company.

Thanks for being part of this group and hope to see you next Sunday!

xoxo Sonia

Once-a-week 12.15pm uke & singing lessons: Beginner/Intermediate group :)

Hi all,

Due to the current level 3 lockdown I'll be hosting 1h30 music sessions on Zoom at 11am each Sunday until further notice.

Payment of $20/person/class can be made directly online to the following account:

ANZ Freedom account

Name: Ms S Wilson

Number:[masked]

Those wishing to join classes online via Zoom can use this link:

Topic: ONLINE Once-a-week 11am ukulele & singing lessons

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6069421037?pwd=eDY5WmlwUTQ1MEEwNDNJb3A3MEphUT09

Meeting ID:[masked]
Passcode:[masked]

Thanks & see you then!

xoxo Sonia

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Welcome to the 11am Auckland intermediate/advanced ukulele & singing lessons!

There are 3 separate classes offered each Sunday (newcomer/complete beginner at 1.30pm, beginner/intermediate at 12.15 & this one: intermediate at 11am).

This 11am class is intended for those of you who already know basic major and minor chord shapes, have learned a few strumming patterns, can play a few songs on the ukulele and feel keen on advancing a bit faster than in a group for beginners.

I'm looking forward to meeting you and sharing music together.

• What we'll do in this class

We will be exploring the basics of music theory around this instrument (no rocket science, just enough to get you comfortable with playing by ear, improvisation and how to decipher simple tabs or music scores) and the voice, as well as learning chord shapes, strumming patterns and a variety of songs in different genres. We will occasionally venture into the realm of playful group improvisations! :)

One of the main challenges of playing ukulele and singing is the art of putting those two together, so we will spend time getting to know the phrasing of various songs and developing your ability to synchronize your singing and playing so you can build up the skill and confidence to perform in front of an audience, if you wish to do so.

As I am experienced in a cappella world music singing with a choir, we will also take a look at some harmony singing on a few of the songs.

• What to bring

A ukulele! Many of my students also find it helpful to have a strap on their ukulele.

Please tune your ukulele before the lesson using an electric clip-on ukulele tuner or a tuner app on your smartphone.

It will be much easier to play the notes / chord shapes on uke if the nails on your left hand are not too long.

For returning students, please have the handouts from previous sessions within your reach, either digitally or in print.

• Important to know

Please don't shy away from this learning experience by fear of not being good enough. This is specifically a beginner's workshop and everyone is musical in my opinion. It's just a matter of exposure, experience and practice. I intend for these group lessons to be educational in a fun and relaxed kind of way. My intention is to create a "safe zone" for musical play and learning in good company.

Thanks for being part of this group and hope to see you next Sunday!

xoxo Sonia

Once-a-week uke & singing lesson: 1.30pm complete beginners/newcomers :)

Ockham Collective Hypatia Precinct

Hi and welcome to the Auckland beginner ukulele & singing lessons!

Thanks to the Ockham Collective artistic residency program, Auckland Ukulele & Singing group sessions are now offered at the Ockham Collective Hypatia Precinct situated at G01/246 Khyber Pass Road, Grafton, Auckland 1023. This move follows a successful interview I had to become a music-teacher-in-residence at the Ockham Collective's beautiful arts community space: https://ockhamcollective.org.nz/our-residents

ACCESS:

Please use the entrance on the corner of Khyber Pass Road and Huntly Ave.

BOOKING & PRICING:

Booking is required for contact tracing reasons. Thanks for your understanding. Please use the events linked to this Meetup page to sign up weekly to your chosen class.

Payment of $20/person/class can be made in cash on the day or directly online to the following account:

ANZ Freedom account

Name: Ms S Wilson

Number:[masked]

Those wishing to join classes online via Zoom can use this link:

https://zoom.us/j/6069421037

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There are 3 separate classes offered each Sunday (newcomer/complete beginner at 1.30pm, beginner/intermediate at 12.15 & the intermediate/advanced class at 11am).

This 1.30pm class is intended for those of you who have very little or no experience at all with the ukulele. We will start from scratch and learn the basic knowledge needed to get acquainted with the ukulele and start to gain an understanding of how music works, become comfortable strumming and fingerpicking some simple songs and singing along as you play, in the safety of a friendly little group.

• What we'll do

We will be learning to tune the ukulele with a clip-on tuner, exploring basic music theory (no rocket science, just enough to get you started), then move on to chords, strumming patterns and songs. When time allows, we may venture into the realm of playful group improvisations! :)

One of the main challenges of playing uke and singing is the art of putting those together, so we'll spend time getting to know the phrasing of songs and developing your ability to synchronize singing & playing so you can build up skills and the confidence to perform in front of an audience, if you wish to do so.

As I am experienced in choir singing, we will also look at some harmony singing on a few songs.

• What to bring

A ukulele! Many of my students also find it helpful to have a strap on their ukulele.

Ideally also tune your ukulele before the lesson using an electric clip-on ukulele tuner or a tuner app on your smartphone. I'm happy to answer any questions relating to that during the beginning of the lesson. A well-tuned ukulele will tend to make you want to play more frequently...

It will be much easier to play the notes / chord shapes on uke if the nails on your left hand are not too long.

• Important to know

Please don't shy away from this learning experience by fear of not being good enough. This is specifically a beginner's workshop and everyone is musical in my opinion. It's just a matter of exposure, experience and practice. I intend for these group lessons to be educational in a fun and relaxed kind of way. My intention is to create a "safe zone" for musical play and learning in good company.

Thanks for being part of this group and hope to see you next Sunday!

xoxo Sonia

Once-a-week 11am ukulele & singing lessons: Intermediate group :)

Ockham Collective (corner of Khyber Pass and Huntly)

Hi all,

Welcome to the 11am Auckland intermediate/advanced ukulele & singing lessons!

Thanks to the Ockham Collective artistic residency program, Auckland Ukulele & Singing group sessions are now offered at the Ockham Collective Hypatia Precinct situated at G01/246 Khyber Pass Road, Grafton, Auckland 1023. This move follows a successful interview I had to become a music-teacher-in-residence at the Ockham Collective's beautiful arts community space: https://ockhamcollective.org.nz/our-residents

ACCESS:

Please use the entrance on the corner of Khyber Pass Road and Huntly Ave.

BOOKING & PRICING:

Booking is required for contact tracing reasons. Thanks for your understanding. Please sign up for your chosen classes using the events on the Meetup page.

Payment of $20/person/class can be made directly in cash or online to the following account:

ANZ Freedom account

Name: Ms S Wilson

Number:[masked]

Those wishing to join classes online via Zoom can use this link:

https://zoom.us/j/6069421037

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
There are 3 separate classes offered each Sunday (newcomer/complete beginner at 1.30pm, beginner/intermediate at 12.15 & this one: intermediate at 11am).

This 11am class is intended for those of you who already know basic major and minor chord shapes, have learned a few strumming patterns, can play a few songs on the ukulele and feel keen on advancing a bit faster than in a group for beginners.

I'm looking forward to meeting you and sharing music together.

• What we'll do in this class

We will be exploring the basics of music theory around this instrument (no rocket science, just enough to get you comfortable with playing by ear, improvisation and how to decipher simple tabs or music scores) and the voice, as well as learning chord shapes, strumming patterns and a variety of songs in different genres. We will occasionally venture into the realm of playful group improvisations! :)

One of the main challenges of playing ukulele and singing is the art of putting those two together, so we will spend time getting to know the phrasing of various songs and developing your ability to synchronize your singing and playing so you can build up the skill and confidence to perform in front of an audience, if you wish to do so.

As I am experienced in a cappella world music singing with a choir, we will also take a look at some harmony singing on a few of the songs.

• What to bring

A ukulele! Many of my students also find it helpful to have a strap on their ukulele.

Please tune your ukulele before the lesson using an electric clip-on ukulele tuner or a tuner app on your smartphone.

It will be much easier to play the notes / chord shapes on uke if the nails on your left hand are not too long.

For returning students, please have the handouts from previous sessions within your reach, either digitally or in print.

• Important to know

Please don't shy away from this learning experience by fear of not being good enough. This is specifically a beginner's workshop and everyone is musical in my opinion. It's just a matter of exposure, experience and practice. I intend for these group lessons to be educational in a fun and relaxed kind of way. My intention is to create a "safe zone" for musical play and learning in good company.

Thanks for being part of this group and hope to see you next Sunday!

xoxo Sonia

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