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 in the Spring!

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Here are the details of my current offerings.

Ryk Groetchen, director of the East Bay Community Music Project and Music Together teacher, is offering online ukulele and singing classes. These classes are appropriate for adults and tweens/teens, and younger children who want to join at their own pace without expectation and attend with an adult. This Spring there will be three levels of classes—a Beginning Beginners, Intermediate Beginners and Advanced Beginners. See below for class times and descriptions. Classes start Saturday, April 4, 2020, so register now!

Pricing: Fee for class is $100–$200 sliding scale for 10 weeks (don’t hesitate to contact me if you have a special request or hardship). Since the class is online, any family members in your home are welcome to join the class.


Intermediate Beginner Ukulele and Singing
Saturdays 9:30am-10:15am
Location: Online via Zoom Conferencing
April 4 – June 6, 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
Saturdays 10:30am-11:15am
Location: Online via Zoom Conferencing
April 4 – June 6, 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.


Beginner Beginner Ukulele and Singing
Saturdays 11:30am-12:15pm
Location: Online via Zoom Conferencing
April 4 – June 6, 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.


Beginning Beginner Ukulele and Singing
Day and Time TBD
Location: Online via Zoom Conferencing
April – June, 2020

I’d like to offer another Beginner Beginner class for folks that can’t come on Saturday mornings. If you’re interested, please email me at ryk@ebcmp.org AS SOON AS POSSIBLE with your day & time preferences. List a couple of times that would work for your schedule, and if there is enough interest I will run the class. You can also register for the class below and put your preferred times in the comments.


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.