The ukulele is a small fretted instrument with four strings known for its unique, bright timbre. It's often associated with Hawaii, because that's where it originated!
» Ukulele is a great instrument for young students to learn — it's small, inexpensive, portable, and has fewer strings than the guitar, making it less complicated to play.
» Ukuleles come in different sizes. Soprano (the smallest size) is the most common, but you can also buy a concert, tenor, or baritone ukulele.
» The baritone ukulele actually has different tuning than the others - it's tuned the the same as the highest 4 strings of a guitar, making it easy for guitar players to learn!
MEET THE TEACHERS
Nick Bierman is an upbeat teacher whose passion for music is absolutely contagious. Nick spent most of his life picking up one instrument after another because he just couldn’t decide which was his favorite. After high school it seemed like the obvious choice for Nick to pursue a degree in music composition and continue his musical journey. During college he discovered a new passion for teaching music that he never knew he had. Now it’s Nick’s goal to spend all day teaching music and all night making music. If you’re looking for a die-hard music fan who will love music as much as you do, then Nick Bierman is your guy!
Katie Lott is a multi-instrumentalist with over 6 years of experience teaching private lessons. She teaches beginning through advanced students and has worked with all ages, from 3 to adult. She has been playing music for almost 20 years in orchestras, ensembles, solo recitals, churches, and more. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition from Birmingham-Southern College and currently works in the New Orleans area as a teacher and performer. Katie's teaching style is a mix of classical (with a strong emphasis on technique and scales) and contemporary music. She is constantly creating custom arrangements for her students to keep them excited about music, whether it's a track from a Disney movie, a challenging classical piece, or a student's favorite pop song.
Ukulele is one of the best instruments for a young student to learn — because it's size and simplicity, we often recommend that children start with ukulele lessons first before switching to guitar.
The nylon strings of a ukulele are softer and easier to press down than guitar strings, making it easier for children who haven't built up the finger strength required for guitar.
WHAT SONGS WILL I LEARN?
Since ukulele is a chord-based instrument, you can create ukulele arrangements for pretty much any song! Your teacher might make some suggestions when you first start out, but once you know a few chords, you'll be able to play any songs or styles of music you'd like!
WILL I NEED TO BUY AN INSTRUMENT?
Yes. We do not provide instruments for our students to take home, so you will need to purchase or rent a ukulele. Fortunately, ukuleles are fairly inexpensive — you can buy a beginner ukulele for under $50!
If you don't have a ukulele yet, don't worry! We actually recommend coming in for your first lesson before you buy an instrument, so our teachers can help you know what to look for and where to shop. Our teachers will let you try out their own ukulele during your first lesson.
30-minute lessons are our most popular option at NOLA School of Music. They are ideal for beginners and children who don't have enough material (or the attention span) for a longer lesson.
60-minute weekly lessons are great for adults or intermediate/advanced students. An hour lesson gives your teacher plenty of time to focus on technique, sight-reading, improvisation, and other aspects of music without being rushed.
For many students, 45-minute weekly lessons are the perfect sweet spot. Since 45-minute lessons are difficult to schedule, they may only be available during early afternoon hours or late evening.