Review Small Kid Time Songs 2017

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Rich Tom and Mele Fong led “Sing-Along with Mele Fong – Small Kid Time Songs” on June 22 at Kaunoa Senior Center

Before the program, a grandmother with two small children under the age of 8 asked, “Are we singing Old McDonald Had A Farm?” I replied that we’d be singing songs that adults may remember singing from childhood, but not necessarily children’s songs. There’s a difference.  After the program, they expressed their enjoyment.

Twenty-four people signed up for my monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Small Kid Time Songs on Thursday, June 22 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. The audience included four children under the age of 8 who came with their grandmothers. I had considered the idea for this special inter-generational program at the start of summer and finally offered it new this year. The singing was louder this time as more people sang the familiar songs. Only two songs were in the Hawaiian language. I prepared 12 songs, but at the end of 9 songs the length of the program was just past an hour and it seemed a good time to wind down. The “Sing-Along with Mitch Miller” format of projecting the song lyrics and ‘ukulele chords on a screen at the front of the room, and having my husband provide the u-bass line to fill in the lower tones to the higher pitched ‘ukulele works just great! Plus singing happy songs is fun!

Here are the 11 small kid time songs we learned:

  1. Froggie Went A-Courtin’ – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.*
  2. Take Me Out to the Ballgame – 2 Waltz Strums.
  3. She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  4. Boy From Laupāhoehoe – ‘Ōlapa Strum (Hawaiian language).
  5. You Are My Sunshine – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  6. The More We Get Together – 2 Waltz Strums.
  7. I’ve Been Working on the Railroad – 4And Rest/Tom Tom Strum.
  8. One Paddle, Two Paddle – I Wanna Rest Strum.*
  9. Que Sera, Sera – 2 Waltz Strums.*
  10. Oh Susanna – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  11. Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code Strum.

HERE’S HOW TO PLAY THE ABOVE SONGS FROM WHEREVER YOU LIVE:

  1. Listen to the audio recordings from the free online Fan Club and then schedule private lessons on Maui or via webcam. I will send you the song sheet and give you feedback.
  • From the Pop Songs Category – Froggie Went A-Courtin’, Take Me Out to the Ballgame, She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain, You Are My Sunshine, The More We Get Together, and Que Sera Sera.
  • From the Hapa Haole Songs Category – Boy From Laupāhoehoe (part of Laupāhoehoe Hula) and One Paddle, Two Paddle.
  • From the Hawaiian Songs Category – Hawaii Aloha.
  1. Download a single song purchase for $10 and get the song sheet, video lesson, audio recording, and video story behind the story in keeping with Hawaiian oral history traditions.

Stay tuned for the next Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Patriotic Songs on Thursday, July 20.

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Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review of Flower Songs 2017

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Australian friends Jim and Julie were part of the 21 who attended our May Sing-Along with Mele Fong Program

We got a “thumbs up“ from our two friends from Australia at the conclusion of our Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Flower and Lei Songs on Thursday, May 4 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. We first met Jim and Julie from Brisbane a few years ago when they heard us perform as the husband-wife duo The Hawaiian Serenaders at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center and then participated in our November ‘Ukulele Strumming Workshop at the Bailey House. They had encouraged us to present workshops at the Brisbane Ukulele Festival aka SPRUKE, but it didn’t work out. We were happy to see them back in Maui on vacation and happy they could attend one of my programs.

Here are the 9 flower and lei songs (including 4 hapa haole songs) we did in the program:

  1. May Day is Lei Day – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  2. Pua ‘Āhihi – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  3. For You A Lei – Bossa Nova/Latin Strums.
  4. Pua Lililehua – Morse Code Strum.
  5. My Yellow Ginger Lei – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  6. Pua Lilia – 2 Waltz Strums: Thumb Strum Up/Chicken Pluck.
  7. I’ll Weave a Lei of Stars For You – I Wanna Rest/Latin Strums.
  8. Pua Mae Ole – Pick in 4 Strum.
  9. Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code Strum.

HERE’S HOW TO PLAY THE ABOVE SONGS FROM WHEREVER YOU LIVE:

  1. Listen to the audio recordings from the free online Fan Club and then schedule private webcam lessons. I will send you the song sheet and give you feedback.

  1. Download a single song purchase for $10 and get the song sheet, video lesson, audio recording, and video story behind the story in keeping with Hawaiian oral history traditions.

Stay tuned for the next Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Small Kid Time Songs on Thursday, June 22. Visit my webpage about classes at Kaunoa and see photos from past classes for more information.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review of ‘Ukulele Program at Lahaina Library

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The Hawaiian Serenaders presented History of the ‘Ukulele and Concert to 50-5th graders and community adults.

As we were leaving the Lahaina Public Library after presenting History of the ‘Ukulele and Concert, we overheard the branch manager say “That was one of the best programs we’ve had” to a young man who was helping to put away the chairs. We certainly enjoyed ourselves and are thankful to the University of Hawai’i Statewide Cultural Extension Program who sponsored us. As a requirement of the University’s program, we made sure to provide an educational focus (not solely entertainment) for the audience.

On Wednesday, April 26, my husband Rich and I performing as the professional duo, The Hawaiian Serenaders, gave our 1-hour program to 50-5th graders and 5 community members. We displayed our personal collection of different types of ‘ukulele ranging from soprano, concert, and tenor instruments with 4, 6, and 8 strings. Plus we took my dad’s banjo ukulele and played a song on it. We gave a history of the ‘ukulele, and performed Hawaiian, hapa haole, and pop songs to demonstrate the diversity of music that can be played on Hawai’i’s official instrument. Rich gave a special demo of his ‘ukulele bass and played instrumental solos on it. We led sing-alongs with the audience and were amazed at how much the children knew about music.

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We demonstrated a diversity of musical genres played on the ‘ukulele and ‘ukulele-bass.

Here is our song list of 11 songs including 4 with Hawaiian lyrics

  1. Koni Au I Ka Wai – Hum Ding-Ah Strum (history-King Kalakaua patronage)
  2. Puamana – I Wanna Rest Strum (uke began as rhythm accompaniment to singers)
  3. Bill Bailey – Hum Ding-Ah Strum (on banjo uke)
  4. Uwehi Ami & Slide – I Wanna Rest Strum (merging instrumental picking into local song)
  5. Lahainaluna – I Wanna Rest Strum (Kui Lee began contemporary sound of local music in 1960s)
  6. Lahaina – Latin Strum (pop example with sing-along on chorus)
  7. Maui Marathon – Hum Ding-Ah Strum (parody of Crystals song Do Run Run from 1960s)
  8. Ulupalakua – ‘Ōlapa Strum (Hawaiian place name song)
  9. Medley: Maui Waltz/Pua Lilia – 2 Waltz Strums: Thumb Strum Up/Chicken Pluck (3/4 time example)
  10. Blues in the Night – 4And Strum (change genre and change to uke with high A for picking riff)
  11. Fly Me To the Moon – Latin Strum (features u-bass solo and change genre)

After the program, the library branch manager sent us photos she had taken along with a note saying, “Everyone here enjoyed the program.” The next day at a private ‘ukulele lesson, I also received positive feedback from a new student who happens to be a retired teacher and had attended our program.

Visit our Hawaiian Serenaders webpage or photo galleries or visit our free online Fan Club to listen to over 100 songs you can learn to play the Ukulele Mele Way with private lessons.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review Kauai Sing-Along Songs

www.UkuleleMeleOnMaui.com“What have you been doing since high school?” asked Roger Hughes, a classmate of my husband’s who was visiting Maui with his wife from California. Roger called us up out of the blue and since they were “age eligible” we invited them to join us at our program. How fun it was to meet and catch up.

Sixteen people signed up for my Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Kauai Songs on Thursday, April 6 from 10:00 a.m. – noon at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults age 55 and better. In the second year, the program evokes the feeling of sing-along with Mitch Miller programs from long ago. I used PowerPoint to project the lyrics and chords for 9 songs up on the screen so everyone could see. The presentation of 51 slides (approximately 4 lines per slide) took 1 hour and 10 minutes. As I introduced each song, I told the story behind it in keeping with Hawaiian oral traditions whether the song was Hawaiian or not. For songs in the Hawaiian language, I taught how to pronounce the lyrics and the translation. We all had fun singing while I played my ‘ukulele and my husband accompanied the group on his u-bass.

Here are the 9 Hawaiian and hapa haole songs in the order we played them:

  1. Maika’i Kauai – I Wanna Rest and Hum Ding-Ah Strums.
  2. Beautiful Kauai – Latin Strum.
  3. Aloha Kauai – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  4. Hele On To Kauai – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  5. Hula O Makee – ‘Ōlapa Strum.
  6. Hanalei Moon – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  7. Hanohano Hanalei – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  8. Pupu O Niihau – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  9. Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code Strum.

You can learn to play some of the songs with my unique strums from wherever you live. Here are the ways:

  1. Listen to the audio recordings from the free online Fan Club and then schedule private lessons on Maui or via webcam. I will send you the song sheet and give you feedback.
  1. Download a single song purchase for $10 and get the song sheet, video lesson, audio recording, and video story behind the story in keeping with Hawaiian oral history traditions.

Stay tuned for the next Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Flower and Lei Songs for May Day coming on Thursday, May 4. Learn more about classes offered at Kaunoa Senior Center for 2017.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review Big Island Songs 2017

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Get Single Song Purchases of Big Island Songs & more

“This is my favorite class.” “More people should come to your program.” Hearing these comments from my students brings a smile and sense of accomplishment of achieving my goal of sharing the joy of making music one ‘ukulele players at-a-time.

Eighteen people signed up for my Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Big Island Songs on Thursday, March 2 from 10:00 a.m. – noon at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults age 55 and better. In the second year, the program evokes the feeling of sing-along with Mitch Miller programs from long ago. I used PowerPoint to project the lyrics and chords for 8 songs up on the screen so everyone could see. The presentation of 47 slides (approximately 4 lines per slide) took 1 hour and 10 minutes. As I introduced each song, I told the story behind it in keeping with Hawaiian oral traditions whether the song was Hawaiian or not. For songs in the Hawaiian language, I taught how to pronounce the lyrics and the translation. We all had fun singing while I played my ‘ukulele and my husband accompanied the group on his u-bass.

Here are the 8 Hawaiian and hapa haole songs we learned:

  1. Kupa Landing – by Lot Keawe, 1890s.
  2. Akaka Falls – by Helen Lindsey Parker.
  3. Kuhio Bay – by Keliana Bishaw.
  4. The Beauty of Mauna Kea – by Keola Beamer, 1976.
  5. Hilo March – by Joseph Ae’a, 1890s.
  6. Kaula ‘Ili – traditional.
  7. My Little Grass Shack – by Johnny Noble, Tommy Harrison, Bill Cogswell.
  8. Hawaii Aloha – by Rev. Lorenzo Lyons, 1800s

You can learn to play three of the above song arrangements from wherever you live. Select the song you want to purchase one at-a-time and get the downloadable song sheet, video lesson, audio recording, and video story behind the song in keeping with Hawaiian oral history traditions whether the song is Hawaiian or not. Click on the song titles below to hear an audio sample:

  1. Akaka Falls – 2 Waltz Strums
  2. My Little Grass Shack – I Wanna Rest Strum
  3. Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code Strum

Stay tuned for the next Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Kauai Songs coming on Thursday, April 26. Learn more about classes offered at Kaunoa Senior Center for 2017.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review Feb 2017 Ukulele Workshop

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February workshop fun

Eleven people came to my 40th ‘Ukulele Strumming Workshop on February 18, 2017 at Hale Ho’ike’ike at the Bailey House in Wailuku. This brings the total to 515 people I have taught since my 2-hour workshops began on July 14, 2012. Participants came from Utah, Oahu, and Maui.

My goal for the workshops is to introduce people to the Ukulele Mele Way so they will want to learn more. The youngest participants were a teenage brother and sister from Utah who did great.

We played the following:

Part 1: (3 different strums)
1. Horse with No Name – Chalang-alang strum (Am, A7sus)
2. Lion Sleeps Tonight – Chalang-alang strum and I Wanna Rest Strum (C, F, G7)
3. She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain – Hum Ding-Ah Strum (C, F, G7)

Part 2: (2 different strums)
4. Happy Birthday – Chalang strum and Latin Strum (C, F, G7)
5. My Girl – Latin Strum (C, F, G7)
6. Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code strum (C, C7, F, Fm, G7)

The next workshop is scheduled for March 18, 2017. Register now and then pay the $10 non-member or $5 museum member fee at the door-of the museum. This will be the last workshop until October 2017.

Can’t make it to Maui? Schedule private webcam lessons from the comfort of your home while I teach you from mine. Visit my online Fan Club and listen to 98 audio recordings of songs you can learn to play the Ukulele Mele Way with private lessons. Another option is to subscribe to online lessons for self-study or purchase Single Song Lessons (choose from 40 songs) to download to your digital device. There are many ways to have fun learning the Ukulele Mele Way.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Hawaiian Serenaders Perform with a Keyboardist

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Before our show with George Kahumoku, Jr.

The Hawaiian Serenaders talked story with Grammy Award winner George Kahumoku, Jr. before the start of our show last Saturday, January 21, at the King Kamehameha Golf Club in Waikapu. George asked us for ideas on venues in Washington, D.C. where he could perform when he goes there next month. George knows that we used to live in Maryland and perform in Washington. D.C. and we know some of the same people. The occasion was the 5th Anniversary party for Maui Business Brainstormers, an organization of business owners and entrepreneurs who meet regularly to network and help each other solve business challenges. I am a member of MBB and happen to have served on the entertainment committee as part of the planning committee for the party.

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Serenaders perform pop and jazz with a keyboardist

The best part of being on the entertainment committee was meeting Michael Elam, President of Mana’o Radio (a local FM station) and keyboardist. When Mike suggested that it would be fun to play music together for the party, we jumped at the chance. Rich and I rehearsed 3 times in 3 weeks with Mike and then it was show time. At our last rehearsal it took exactly 30-minutes to play our trio set which was exactly the plan for the time slot.

The party started at 5:30 p.m. and ended around 8:45 p.m. (earlier than 10 p.m. as planned). In addition to participating in 3 planning committee meetings, we setup our Bose sound system and provided the following services at the party for 110 guests:

  • Provided 45-minutes of instrumental music (pre-recorded on mp3 player) during guest registration, cocktails, meet and greet.
  • Performed 60-minutes during dinner hour (as a duo playing Hawaiian and hapa haole favorites from memory and as a trio playing pop and jazz cover songs).
  • Provided pre-recorded music of the Chicken Dance and I led the motions for group participation.
  • Provided sound system support for Mike to sing and play keyboard as I changed the words for each song that was projected from the computer onto the screen for a group sing-along of Beatles songs.
  • Performed “With A Little Help From My Friends” and then “Hawaii Aloha” to close the party.
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Over 100 business people attended the event

After the party, we received many compliments directly and through others. I thought it was great when one couple got up to dance to the first song we played with Mike titled “Uwehi Ami and Slide.” A memory I have is seeing Nancy Kahumoku (George’s wife) moving in time to our music each time she got up from the table to get something to eat. It felt good to showcase what we do and the mix of music we play. “Your music is not boring,” said one person. I put a lot of thought into the selection of songs, tempos, styles, and language, so that we keep our audience guessing what’s next.

Here is The Hawaiian Serenaders set of Hawaiian and hapa haole songs we did from memory:

  1. Kupa Landing
  2. To You Sweetheart Aloha
  3. Wahine Ilikea
  4. I’ll Remember You
  5. Ulupalakua
  6. Hanalei Moon
  7. Island Medley
  8. Lahainaluna
  9. O Ka Leo
  10. Beyond the Reef
  11. Koni Au I Ka Wai
  12. Sophisticated Hula

Here is the trio set of pop and jazz songs we did together (with alternating instrumental solos):

  1. Uwehi Ami and Slide
  2. Flying
  3. Night and Day
  4. Autumn Leaves
  5. Fly Me To the Moon
  6. Girl From Ipanema
  7. I Wish You Love
  8. More

A fun time was had by all. Visit The Hawaiian Serenaders webpage to learn more.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Christmas Party 2016 Review

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Advanced Ukulele class at our Christmas Party 2016

Thirty people signed up for the 4th Annual Ukulele Mele Christmas Party held on Wednesday, December 14 from 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon. at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. The party had 4 parts: “Kaunoa Through the Years” PowerPoint presentation, play/sing along of Christmas songs, ornament game, and lunch. Afterwards, one student thanked me for having the party especially when she couldn’t be with her family that live on the mainland. I should have replied, “We are your ‘ukulele family.”

PART ONE. This was the second year that I showed a PowerPoint presentation about the evolution of classes since I began teaching at Kaunoa in January 2009. New this year, I prepared summaries of each year from 2009-2016 in consistent formats in blog posts and filed them in a new category titled “Senior Classes.” I also cleaned up the webpage for senior classes on my website and linked the blog posts that summarize the year’s classes. I enjoyed selecting best of photos for the years and hearing comments from past, present, and future students as they watched my presentation.

In summary, from 2009-2016 I taught 648 classes including student performances and our shows:

  • 582 classes
  • 20 classes led by a facilitator for my online courses
  • 41 Band shows at Kaunoa and in the community
  • 5 Hawaiian Serenader (professional shows)

Read blog posts summarizing classes from the past 7 years:

PART TWO. This was the second year that everyone played and sang-along to all 13 Christmas songs from the online Fan Club. Before the party, the Advanced Ukulele class and the Ukulele Strumming 202 class had one 2-hour class to learn the songs. Everyone else shared the music and played the songs on the spot. Here is our song list in order:

  1. Jingle Bells
  2. Silver Bells
  3. Feliz Navidad
  4. Mele Kalikimaka Ia ‘Oe
  5. Hawaiian Santa
  6. Holly Jolly Christmas
  7. The Christmas Song
  8. Winta Wandaland
  9. Christmas Island
  10. White Christmas
  11. Aloha Kalikimaka
  12. Christmas Luau
  13. Mele Kalikimaka

“Holiday songs that could have been tired and predictable became creative and challenging” –Read more of E.S. testimonial.

See photos from the party and other classes at Kaunoa for 2016. (Note: on the bottom of the page look for “Ordering”  then select “Date Ascending” to view photos in chronological order.)

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

December Ukulele Workshop Review

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We played Christmas songs at the December Workshop

Seven people came to my 38th ‘Ukulele Strumming Workshop on December 17, 2016 at the Bailey House Museum in Wailuku. This brings the total to 499 people I have taught since my 2-hour workshops began on July 14, 2012. Participants came from Argentina, Seattle, WA, and from Maui.

Since it was December, I thought it would be fun to play Christmas songs at the workshop. Thus, I quickly moved people from learning the basics to playing 5-chord songs in different keys. There is a fine line between challenging and frustrating people to do something beyond their abilities. I suggested that people focus on what they want to learn, such as just form the chords or just try strumming the different rhythms rather than trying to put both hands together right away. My goal for the workshops is to introduce people to the Ukulele Mele Way so will want to learn more. Two people scheduled private lessons after the workshop which made me very happy.

We played the following:

Part 1: (4 different strums)
1. Horse with No Name – Chalang-alang strum (Am, A7sus)
2. Lion Sleeps Tonight – Chalang-alang strum (C, F, G7)
3. Jingle Bells – Hum Ding-Ah Strum (C, D7, F, G7)
4. Silver Bells – 2 Waltz Strums (F, F7, Bb, C7)

Part 2: (4 different strums)
5. Feliz Navidad – Latin Strum (F, Gm7, C7)
6. Silent Night – in 4/4 all downs and then in waltz/Pick in 6 (F, F7, Bb, Bbm, C7)
7. Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code strum (C, C7, F, Fm, G7)

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Had a fun and instructive time” –S.S., Seattle, WA

Learn to play Jingle Bells and Silent Night as Single Song Purchases or in my Mele Kalikimaka Vol. 1 packaged set of book/DVD/CD.

Learn to play Hawaii Aloha as a Single Song Purchase on in my Nostalgic Hawaiian Songs Vol. 2 packaged set of book/DVD/CD.

The next workshop is scheduled for January 21, 2017. Sign up now and then pay the $10 non-member or $5 museum member fee at the door-of the museum.

Can’t make it to Maui? Schedule private webcam lessons with me from home.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review Ukulele Mele Music Week

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Les presents a lei to Mele at the Island Party on November 18

“The best was Ukulele Week which was so much fun – I love it,” wrote Les Perreira referring to a special week of ‘ukulele classes and concerts from November 12 – 19 to celebrate my 7th year of teaching at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better and my 5th year in business as Ukulele Mele On Maui. Read Les’s full testimonial on my website.

In the hopes of attracting new students to my classes at Kaunoa Senior Center, I planned a special singing class and special ‘ukulele class to learn the 9 Hawaiian Island songs for the group sing/play along at the end of the week’s culminating event called “Mele’s Island Party.” I used PowerPoint to project the words and ‘ukulele chords onto the screen at the front of the room so everyone looked forward rather than down at their song sheets. I was pleased that new people came in addition to students from my continuing ‘ukulele classes who signed up for the entire week. Here is a summary of the week’s special classes at Kaunoa:

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32 came to Mele’s Island Party (the culminating event) at Kaunoa Senior Center for Ukulele Mele Music Week

  1. Monday, November 14 from 9 – 11 a.m. Fifteen people came to my special singing class. We went over the stories behind the songs, how to pronounce the Hawaiian lyrics, and sang each song at least twice as they learned the songs without needing to read music. Some of my ‘ukulele students brought their instruments and played along. There were some new faces and one lady who said she came because she liked my program on “Na Lani Eha – The Four Royals” about Hawaiian history and singing Hawaiian songs which I gave the previous month. Success!
  2. Tuesday, November 15 from 9 – 11 a.m. Seventeen people came to my special ‘ukulele class. It was difficult to teach without song sheets showing the chord shapes and strum graphic showing the rhythm pattern which I provide in my ‘ukulele classes, but we managed. This method was the real deal of the old Hawaiian way of “watch, listen, play” without reading music and it worked! One current ‘ukulele student commented on how much easier it was to learn this way rather than looking at paper. New students who I never had before in my ‘ukulele classes came and had fun which is what I had hoped for.
  3. Wednesday, November 16 from 8 – 10 a.m. Ten students came to my regularly scheduled continuing class called “Ukulele Strumming 202.” We reviewed the songs for the end of the week event referring to the printed song sheets which is such a different learning experience from PowerPoint. As a class they sounded good. Horray!
  4. Thursday, November 17 from 10 – noon. Twenty people came to The Hawaiian Serenaders “Story of the ‘Ukulele and Concert.” My husband and I are fortunate to be on the list of artists available for hire through the University of Hawai’i Statewide Cultural Extension Program. We met the program’s educational requirements by giving a 20-minute talk on the history of the ‘ukulele in addition to showing the different types of instruments from our private collection. We performed 17 songs showcasing different musical genres as we traveled through time from the 1800’s to the 1970s and beyond including a parody that we made up for the Maui Marathon. I know that every so often I need to perform in front of an audience and just play music without having to worry about playing simply so my students can follow me. I do enjoy entertaining with my husband and hearing appreciative comments from the audience.
  5. Friday, November 18 from 10 – noon. Thirty two people came to “Mele’s Island Party.” It was rewarding to look out and see so many people playing their ‘ukulele and singing during the group sing/play along portion to 9 island songs. Seven members of the Maui Ukulele Pops Band from my Advanced ‘Ukulele class performed 10 songs including two women who also danced three hulas. I was proud to announce that some members have been with me since I first started teaching at Kaunoa in January 2009 and that two members just started. While on stage, it was fun to see a student still has her graduation diploma and to reminisce about the Alumni Club card good for a lifetime of ‘ukulele fun and fellowship that I used to give at the end of my Ukulele Beyond the Basics 6-month courses. I think it’s a good idea for seniors to play for seniors and to inspire them with what is possible with practice. My students are my ultimate walking testimonials to my ‘ukulele teaching abilities.
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Sitting: Andrea, Claudia, Beverly. Standing: Apo, Charles, Kelcy, Kathleen, and us performed at the Island Party

All in all I feel good about the experiences that I provided my current and new students at Kaunoa Senior Center. It’s all about lifelong learning and having fun together. I make it a point to thank my students for being open to learning new things because if they weren’t willing, I wouldn’t be teaching. And I enjoy teaching and seeing the “a-hah” moments when a student gets it. For a list of upcoming and past classes at Kaunoa, click here.

For more information about Ukulele Mele Music Week:

  1. Announcement for the Week’s Activities for November 12 – 19, 2016.
  2. Review of the Maui Ukulele Guild Exhibition on Saturday, November 12, 2016.
  3. Review of The Hawaiian Serenaders concert on November 17, 2016.
  4. Announcement for Island Party Event on November 18, 2016.
  5. Review of ‘Ukulele Strumming Workshop on Saturday, November 19, 2016.
  6. Photo Galleries – see photos from classes, Serenader concerts, etc.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele