East Bay Community Music Project

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Ryk’s Uke Class Registration

NOTICE: CLASSES HAVE MOVED ONLINE FOR THE DURATION OF THE SHELTER-IN-PLACE ORDER. WE WILL OFFER CLASSES OVER ZOOM CONFERENCING. SEE BELOW FOR CHANGES IN PRICING.


Thank you for your interest in learning to play the ukulele! I’m looking forward to strumming and singing with you this Summer!

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Here are the details of my current offerings.

Ryk Groetchen, Music Together teacher and director of the East Bay Community Music Project, is offering online ukulele and singing classes. These classes are appropriate for adults and tweens/teens, and younger children who attend with an adult and want to join at their own pace without expectation.

This Fall there will be four levels of classes:

Beginning Beginners
Intermediate Beginners
Advanced Beginners
Continuing Technique & Theory

See below for class descriptions and times.
Classes start Monday, Sep 14, 2020, so register now!

One advantage of online classes is that folks can attend from anywhere, so feel free to invite family and friends from out of town that you want to keep in touch with.

Pricing: Fee for class is $100–$200 sliding scale for 10 weeks. Since the class is online, any family members in your home are welcome to join the class. Classes are limited to 11 students/families/logins to keep the experience intimate and interactive. There are scholarships available. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have a special request or hardship.


Children are welcome to attend, and encouraged to have their own instrument and participate at their own pace. That being said, the class is geared toward adults and teens/tweens, and we will not stop the class flow or wait for kids to participate in turn-based activities. If your child is 12 or under, the accompanying parent is responsible for learning the materials, providing a good model of appropriate behavior in class, and helping to foster good habits by practicing at home. Contact me if your child already has experience with this type of class or is a self-directed learner and we can make special arrangements. Please let me know if you have any questions about this aspect of our learning experience.


Beginner Beginner Ukulele and Singing

Mondays 3:00–3:45pm
Location: Online via Zoom
Sep 14 – Nov 16, 2020

Thursdays 4:00–4:45pm
Location: Online via Zoom
Sep 17 – Nov 19, 2020

Thursdays 5:00pm-5:45pm
Location: Online via Zoom
Sep 17 – Nov 19, 2020

Thursdays 6:00pm-6:45pm
Location: Online via Zoom
Sep 17 – Nov 19, 2020

Fridays 11:30am-12:15pm
Location: Online via Zoom
Sep 18 – Nov 20, 2020

In Beginner Beginner class, we will cover the basics of holding and tuning the instrument, strumming technique, and putting the rhythm in the body. We will gain a sizable repertoire of one-, two-, and three-chord songs, while learning different strumming patterns and rhythmic feels. Good for complete beginners or anyone who would like to get back to the basics.


Intermediate Beginner Ukulele and Singing
Saturday class open to Beginners with a bit of experience on approval

Mondays 5:00pm-5:45pm
Location: Online via Zoom
Sep 14 – Nov 16, 2020

Saturdays 11:30am-12:15am (Beginning students with a bit of experience welcome)
Location: Online via Zoom
Sep 19 – Nov 21, 2020

Intermediate Beginners should be familiar with the chords C, F, G, and A minor, and be able to change chords in a steady rhythm. We will cover four-chord songs, learn to play in different keys, and learn some complex strumming patterns. We build on the foundation of the Beginner Beginner class.


Advanced Beginner Ukulele and Singing
Saturday class open to Intermediate students upon approval

Mondays 4:00–4:45pm
Location: Online via Zoom
Sep 14 – Nov 16, 2020

Saturdays 10:30am-10:15am (Intermediate students welcome)
Location: Online via Zoom
Sep 19 – Nov 21, 2020

The Advanced Beginner class is for folks that are comfortable playing 3-and 4-chord songs in different keys. We will go deeper into the music with more complex chord progressions, finger-picking, and different ways to make your arrangements more interesting and musical.


Continuing Technique & Theory

Saturdays 9:30am-10:15am
Location: Online via Zoom
Sep 19 – Nov 21, 2020

Continuing Technique & Theory class is a group for exploring more complex arrangements and playing techniques: movable chord shapes/barre chords, sharp/flat keys, fretboard harmony, fingerstyle playing, free rhythm interpretation, polishing your arrangement, etc. Students steer the direction of the class with their interests.
Prerequisite: Two or more sessions of Ryk’s Uke Classes, or approval of the teacher. This is an ongoing class for students who have completed Advanced Beginner class.


All classes are family-style, so feel free to bring family members, young and old, who will benefit from community music time, but who may not learn at the same pace as the enrolled class members.

All students should bring a serviceable instrument, a tuner, and a willingness to strum, sing, and move in musical ways.


If you have any questions, or would be interested in joining or helping to recruit families, or would like to receive information about future classes, please contact ryk@ebcmp.org. Please share this announcement with anyone you think will be interested in the class. One advantage of online classes is that folks can attend from anywhere, so feel free to invite family and friends from out of town that you want to keep in touch with.