5 Must-Know Tips to Help You and Your Child Get the Most from Ukulele Lessons

By Shannon Gurnee
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November 13, 2021
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Today, on Redhead Mom, I’m sharing a partnered guest post about how to get the most from Ukulele Lessons.

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5 Must-Know Tips to Help You and Your Child Get the Most from Ukulele Lessons

Have you been considering signing your child up for ukulele lessons this year? If the answer is “yes”, then congratulations on entering your child into the journey of music. Music lessons have proven to raise a child’s IQ, improve and strengthen language skills, and boost self-esteem. Above all else, music lessons are fun, and ukulele is a great place to start. It’s an extremely accessible and versatile instrument to learn on.

The first thing to remember is that there are tons of options available to you, and even more teachers offering private and group classes now than ever before. To help you get the most from your child’s lessons read this list of the 5 most important tips you need to know to get started.

What Equipment Do I Need for Ukulele Lessons?

To take ukulele lessons, your child will need a ukulele, a tuner, a case, and a set of spare ukulele strings. Any skill is easier if you have the right tools. Learning music is no exception. Before you start your very first lesson make sure your child is equipped for success. 

Ukulele

First, you will need to purchase a ukulele. Avoid the temptation to buy the $10 ukulele. It’s hard to know whether your child will stick with the ukulele so definitely don’t feel pressured to buy a $300 ukulele, but it is important to get your child a ukulele that will stay in tune, and have a comfortable neck action. Lanikai and Amahi both make great ukuleles for under, or around, $100 that will last for years and years. Ukuleles come in several sizes. Soprano being the smallest up to u-bass. Most beginners will do well with a concert size ukulele or a tenor size for older children.  

Tuner

In addition to a ukulele you will need a tuner. You can get a physical tuner like a spark head tuner, or a free tuning app like pano tuner. A tuner is important because when your child’s instrument is in tune, it will automatically sound better, and be more rewarding to play.

Case

You will also want a case for your ukulele. Although your child’s ukulele should be out and accessible for daily practice, you will want a case for when your child has to travel with their instrument.

Strings

Strings are the final essential tool in a successful ukulele toolkit. Most likely your new ukulele will come with strings, but those strings will eventually need to be replaced. It is helpful to have an extra set of strings on hand for when it’s time to change your strings, or in case one of them breaks. 

What Should I Look for in a Teacher?

Your child is unique and will need a unique approach to instruction in order to be successful. Thanks to online lessons, you are no longer confined to finding a teacher in your commute radius. You can search online and research several teachers to find the one whose personality and pedagogical approach best fits your child’s unique learning style. 

Both in person and online lessons are effective approaches to learning the ukulele. Look for a teacher that is comfortable relating to your child’s age group. It is totally acceptable to look into the social media accounts of your prospective teacher to learn more about them. Websites like TakeLessons are great because you can research several, background-checked, qualified teachers all in one place. 

Ukulele Dad and Daughter

What Should I Expect My Child to Learn?

Your child’s age is largely going to determine what they are able to retain from week to week. Ages 5 and under do not need to be in private lessons. You should enroll them in group classes to help expose them to the idea of learning music in a fun and inviting way.

6 Years Old

6 years old is a great time to start private and/or group lessons. At this age your child should be able to learn basic chords and strumming patterns. 

8 Years Old

By 8 years old, your child should be able to grasp more complicated chord shapes and read ukulele tabs.

10 Years and Older

10 and older and your little ukulele player should be able to grasp most ukulele concepts including simple chord melody and bar chords. 

All Children 6 and Up

All ages 6 and older should be able to play songs in time, name the notes and numbers of each string, identify fret and finger numbers, and read a basic chord chart.  

How Can I Best Support My Child Outside of Lessons?

Avoid the temptation to gauge your child’s success by how many songs they can play. If your child is having fun in lessons and is encouraged to show up week after week, you can rest assured your child is learning. 

When encouraging your child to practice, focus on daily practice. Consistency is more important than how long your child practices each time they pick up their instrument. Leave their ukulele in a place where they will see it and be more likely to reach for it daily. 

Think about supplementing your child’s private lessons with group classes through a platform like Takelessons Live. This way your child will get both individualized instruction and the opportunity to learn and share their progress in a fun group setting.

Ukulele Playing

Things to remember About Ukulele Lessons

Music lessons are a long term journey. There is no wrong way to take lessons. The most important factor to your child’s success is finding the right teacher to partner with you, and your child, on their musical adventure. 

Lessons can be used to ignite a love of music through exposure or to foster a budding professional career. 

Assess your and your child’s goals, make sure you are on the same page, and can adequately express these goals to your teacher. Also remember that your goals can and should change over time. Create a culture of communication with your teacher. And most importantly have fun!

Writer Bio: 

Reina Mystique is a full time singer/songwriter, music teacher, and live streaming musician. She began teaching private lessons in 2005 after receiving her BA in music from Seattle Pacific University. She later transitioned into teaching online voice and ukulele lessons. She has used her unique student based teaching methods to educate 1000’s of students in countries all over the world. She is a published blogger, award winning songwriter and is currently working on an all year- holiday song project with her 7 year old son. 

About Has 1999 Posts

Shannon Gurnee is the author of Redhead Mom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

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