Where can I buy a ukulele?
The Octopus Soprano is, in our opinion, the best ukulele in its price range. You can buy one direct from us here. Your uke will be delivered straight to school, tuned up and ready to use in Uke Club.
Alternatively, the music shops in Norwich have a good selection. The general rule is that if you pay under £25 for one it's likely to be poor quality and won't last long or stay in tune.
How often is my child expected to practise?
Just 5-10 mins of practice in between the weekly sessions makes all the difference! A little bit of practice will help your child progress much more quickly - which is amazing for their confidence and self-esteem. As a parent/guardian you will also feel that your money is better spent when you see the results, so please encourage your child to pick up their uke a couple of times each week!
Can we borrow a ukulele to take home?
We can't let the ukuleles go to your home as we have a limited supply and need to take them to other lessons for other children to borrow. You are more than welcome to borrow one during the class though, but it's preferable you have your own so that your child can practise at home, which we encourage.
We forgot to take the ukulele to school, can try child borrow one for the lesson?
There should be plenty if spares available for the lesson. If they are left handed though it may be harder, so please try extra hard not to forget!
My child is left handed, does that matter?
Nope. In the first few lessons we'll know who and who isn't naturally tending towards being left handed. You don't need a special uke or anything, we can re-tune a 'normal' uke to make it left handed. On most average ukes we've managed to do it fine. They may take just a little longer to stay in tune than normal.
How do I tune the ukulele?
We tune ukuleles at the start of every lesson. New ukes often go immediately out of tune, but the strings will start to stay in place over a few weeks. If you're not sure how to tune it at home, please leave it to us, as we don't want to spend too much of the lesson re-tuning an incorrectly tuned instrument!
What time is club?
You can find out the time of the club on the specific school page where you select the school name from the club page. Click here to visit the school page.
When is the first/last club of the term?
You can find out the start and finish dates on the specific school page where you select the school name from the schools page. Click here to visit the schools page.
My child has decided that they want to stop uke club. Can I get a refund?
I'm afraid we don't issue refunds if the child decides to stop attending. If the tutor has to cancel the club or a specific lesson then a refund may be entitled. You can find out more info about this on our Terms and Conditions policy.
We've lost the music we printed out for the term - can you send it to us again?
Gemma emails music out to parents, but if you lose the email and needs to print it off again, you can find the music on the specific school page where you select the school name from the club page. Click here to visit the club page.
Clara hands outs printed song sheets and uploads them to Dropbox incase they're lost. You'll be sent the Dropbox link via email.
Will my child learn how to read 'proper' (stave notation) music at uke club?
Uke club is a great introduction to music. However we don't teach 'proper' music as we believe that you can become a creative musician without the technical knowledge that comes with graded exams. We introduce 'music' as words to a song and chord names. We may touch on it now and then if we feel the time is right, but we want the learning to be fun and easy to understand. Having music lessons where they learn the technical stuff compliments the ukulele learning and vice versa. Learning stave notation is brilliant, but not essential unless your child wants to take exams, and is probably better to learn on a more classical instrument.