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 café setting and 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.

A little more info:

My name is Sonia and I am a Franco-American singer, musician and early childhood educator from Paris, France. I've been living in Auckland for the past two years and 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 have expressed a desire to learn the basics of Ukulele playing and various songs with me, I have started offering some affordable small group lessons near my home in Mt Eden.

I have also been giving individual lessons to children and adults in music (beginner ukulele and/or guitar, beginner-intermediate singing), French conversation and/or music and sometimes, a combination of the above :)The ages of my current students range from 3 to 65!

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 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 own musical background is in choir singing, world music a capella singing, singing harmony and/or lead on stage and on 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 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).

Thanks & hope to hear from you soon!

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Upcoming events (5+)

Once-a-week 11am beginners/intermediate ukulele & singing lessons :)

Hi all, following the first Meetup group ukulele & singing lesson for beginners at Eiffel café this past Sunday, I have decided to make it a weekly event! As opposed to the 1pm class which will be for beginners and newcomers, this 11am class is for those of you who already know some chords, strumming patterns or perhaps songs on the ukulele and feel keen on advancing a bit faster. Please feel free to write me some suggestions if there are specific songs you dream of learning :) I'm looking forward to meeting some more of you in person and sharing some music together. The one hour lesson will take place every Sunday at the Eiffel en Eden french café (they are kindly letting us have exclusive use of one of their two upstairs rooms. It's quite a cozy setting) and I'll be there for some time after the lesson too to chat about future scheduling and/or individual's needs. • What we'll do We will be learning to tune the ukulele with a clip-on tuner if you don't already know how to do so, exploring the basics of music theory around this instrument (no rocket science, just enough to get you comfortable with playing by ear, improvisation and simple sight reading, perhaps), then move on to some easy chords, strumming patterns and songs. When time allows, we may venture into the realm of playful group improvisations! :) • What to bring A ukulele! If you will be purchasing a new one for this purpose I recommend choosing a tenor-sized one. Feel free to PM me for further advice or recommendations. Ideally also an electric clip-on ukulele tuner, so I can teach each of you how to use your own. Playing an out of tune ukulele is not really that much fun and the smart phone apps can be a bit misleading. A well-tuned ukulele will naturally tend to make you want to play more frequently... For returning students, please bring the handouts from previous sessions. I recommend investing in a binder with plastic pockets/sleeves to keep the content in chronological order. • Pricing Price of the lesson: $20 per person. Please bring the payment in cash. • Important to know Please don't shy away from this learning experience by fear of not being good enough. This is 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, but in a fun and relaxed kind of way. My intention is to create a "safe zone" for musical play and learning in good company. I'm still learning as well... Attending one lesson does not oblige you to attend all of them. It's fine by me if you prefer to come in every now and then as long as everyone makes sure to RSVP through the Meetup site before the lesson each week. Out of respect for fellow participants, please try to show up five minutes before the scheduled starting time or if you can't make it and had answered "yes", to RSVP "no" at least an hour before the start of class so we know not to wait for you before we begin. Thanks for being part of this group and hope to see you next Sunday! xoxo Sonia

Once-a-week beginners/newcomers ukulele & singing lesson :)

Hi all, Due to the original ukulele & singing weekly class group having reached it's maximum size (eleven participants, including myself) and to avoid too much repetition for those who have been attending since the beginning or those who might already know some of the basic chord shapes and strumming patterns, I've decided to add this second class each Sunday: a beginner/newcomers class from 1 to 2pm (which will be preceded by the original beginners/intermediate class from 11am to noon). I'm looking forward to meeting some more of you in person and sharing music together. The one hour lesson will take place every Sunday at the Eiffel en Eden french café (they are kindly letting us have exclusive use of one of their two upstairs rooms. It's quite a cozy setting) and I'll be there for some time before and after the lesson too to chat about future scheduling and/or individual's needs. • What we'll do We will be learning to tune the ukulele with a clip-on tuner, exploring basic music theory around this instrument (no rocket science, just enough to get you started), then move on to some easy chords, strumming patterns and songs. When time allows, we may even venture into the realm of playful group improvisations! :) • What to bring A ukulele! If you will be purchasing a new one for this purpose I recommend choosing a tenor-sized one. Feel free to PM me for further advice or recommendations. Ideally also an electric clip-on ukulele tuner, so I can teach each of you how to use your own. Playing an out of tune ukulele is not really that much fun and the smart phone apps can be a bit misleading. A well-tuned ukulele will naturally tend to make you want to play more frequently... If you have attended one of the classes before, please bring the print-outs I handed out so I don't need to reprint them each time. Let's save the forests :) • Pricing Price of the lesson: $20 per person. Please bring the payment in cash. • Important to know Please don't shy away from this learning experience by fear of not being good enough. This is 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, but in a fun and relaxed kind of way. My intention is to create a "safe zone" for musical play and learning in good company. I'm still learning as well... Attending one lesson does not oblige you to attend all of them. It's fine by me if you prefer to come in every now and then as long as everyone makes sure to RSVP through the Meetup site before the lesson each week. Out of respect for fellow participants, please try to show up five minutes before the scheduled starting time or if you can't make it and had answered "yes", to RSVP "no" at least an hour before the start of class so we know not to wait for you before we begin. Thanks for being part of this group and hope to see you next Sunday! xoxo Sonia

Once-a-week 11am beginners/intermediate ukulele & singing lessons :)

Hi all, following the first Meetup group ukulele & singing lesson for beginners at Eiffel café this past Sunday, I have decided to make it a weekly event! As opposed to the 1pm class which will be for beginners and newcomers, this 11am class is for those of you who already know some chords, strumming patterns or perhaps songs on the ukulele and feel keen on advancing a bit faster. Please feel free to write me some suggestions if there are specific songs you dream of learning :) I'm looking forward to meeting some more of you in person and sharing some music together. The one hour lesson will take place every Sunday at the Eiffel en Eden french café (they are kindly letting us have exclusive use of one of their two upstairs rooms. It's quite a cozy setting) and I'll be there for some time after the lesson too to chat about future scheduling and/or individual's needs. • What we'll do We will be learning to tune the ukulele with a clip-on tuner if you don't already know how to do so, exploring the basics of music theory around this instrument (no rocket science, just enough to get you comfortable with playing by ear, improvisation and simple sight reading, perhaps), then move on to some easy chords, strumming patterns and songs. When time allows, we may venture into the realm of playful group improvisations! :) • What to bring A ukulele! If you will be purchasing a new one for this purpose I recommend choosing a tenor-sized one. Feel free to PM me for further advice or recommendations. Ideally also an electric clip-on ukulele tuner, so I can teach each of you how to use your own. Playing an out of tune ukulele is not really that much fun and the smart phone apps can be a bit misleading. A well-tuned ukulele will naturally tend to make you want to play more frequently... For returning students, please bring the handouts from previous sessions. I recommend investing in a binder with plastic pockets/sleeves to keep the content in chronological order. • Pricing Price of the lesson: $20 per person. Please bring the payment in cash. • Important to know Please don't shy away from this learning experience by fear of not being good enough. This is 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, but in a fun and relaxed kind of way. My intention is to create a "safe zone" for musical play and learning in good company. I'm still learning as well... Attending one lesson does not oblige you to attend all of them. It's fine by me if you prefer to come in every now and then as long as everyone makes sure to RSVP through the Meetup site before the lesson each week. Out of respect for fellow participants, please try to show up five minutes before the scheduled starting time or if you can't make it and had answered "yes", to RSVP "no" at least an hour before the start of class so we know not to wait for you before we begin. Thanks for being part of this group and hope to see you next Sunday! xoxo Sonia

Once-a-week beginners/newcomers ukulele & singing lesson :)

Hi all, Due to the original ukulele & singing weekly class group having reached it's maximum size (eleven participants, including myself) and to avoid too much repetition for those who have been attending since the beginning or those who might already know some of the basic chord shapes and strumming patterns, I've decided to add this second class each Sunday: a beginner/newcomers class from 1 to 2pm (which will be preceded by the original beginners/intermediate class from 11am to noon). I'm looking forward to meeting some more of you in person and sharing music together. The one hour lesson will take place every Sunday at the Eiffel en Eden french café (they are kindly letting us have exclusive use of one of their two upstairs rooms. It's quite a cozy setting) and I'll be there for some time before and after the lesson too to chat about future scheduling and/or individual's needs. • What we'll do We will be learning to tune the ukulele with a clip-on tuner, exploring basic music theory around this instrument (no rocket science, just enough to get you started), then move on to some easy chords, strumming patterns and songs. When time allows, we may even venture into the realm of playful group improvisations! :) • What to bring A ukulele! If you will be purchasing a new one for this purpose I recommend choosing a tenor-sized one. Feel free to PM me for further advice or recommendations. Ideally also an electric clip-on ukulele tuner, so I can teach each of you how to use your own. Playing an out of tune ukulele is not really that much fun and the smart phone apps can be a bit misleading. A well-tuned ukulele will naturally tend to make you want to play more frequently... If you have attended one of the classes before, please bring the print-outs I handed out so I don't need to reprint them each time. Let's save the forests :) • Pricing Price of the lesson: $20 per person. Please bring the payment in cash. • Important to know Please don't shy away from this learning experience by fear of not being good enough. This is 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, but in a fun and relaxed kind of way. My intention is to create a "safe zone" for musical play and learning in good company. I'm still learning as well... Attending one lesson does not oblige you to attend all of them. It's fine by me if you prefer to come in every now and then as long as everyone makes sure to RSVP through the Meetup site before the lesson each week. Out of respect for fellow participants, please try to show up five minutes before the scheduled starting time or if you can't make it and had answered "yes", to RSVP "no" at least an hour before the start of class so we know not to wait for you before we begin. Thanks for being part of this group and hope to see you next Sunday! xoxo Sonia

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