Highlights of the year 2016 included getting a feature story about me published in The Maui News, the new Sing-Along Series, and Ukulele Mele Music Week to celebrate my 7th year of teaching at Kaunoa Senior Center. Since I began teaching at Kaunoa in 2009, I have wanted to hold a music festival and I finally got my wish. It was rewarding to see so many smiling faces playing the Ukulele Mele Way at the culminating event of the week.
I taught 99 classes during the year 2016:
- 87 classes
- 8 classes led by facilitator with Basics Online Course subscription
- 3 Band shows
- 1 Hawaiian Serenaders show “Story of the ‘Ukulele and Concert”
Here are the details:
42 continuing ‘ukulele classes. Students received emailed song sheets and could play along with the audio recordings to 95 songs in my online Fan Club to practice the curriculum outside of class.
- Advanced ‘Ukulele. 22 classes.
- ‘Ukulele Strumming 202. 20 classes.
30 classes used my packaged song sets of book/DVD/CD of 6 songs with 8 unique strums. Students could refer to the song sheets, video lessons, and audio recordings to practice the songs outside of class.
- Strumming 101 ssed Sing-Along Songs Vol. 1 set. 4 classes (February)
- Strumming 101 used Sing-Along Songs Vol. 1 set. 3 classes (March)
- Strumming 101 used Sing-Along Songs Vol. 2 set. 3 classes (April)
- Strumming 101 used Sing-Along Songs Vol. 2 set. 4 classes (May)
- Hawaiian Songs 1 used Nostalgic Hawaiian Songs Vol. 1 set. 4 classes (August)
- Hawaiian Songs 2 used new Nostalgic Hawaiian Songs Vol. 2 set. 4 classes (August-September)
- Hapa Haole Songs used Hapa Haole Songs Vol. 1 set. 4 classes (October).
- Christmas songs used Mele Kalikimaka Vol. 1 set. 4 classes (November-December)
4 Hawaiian history and sing-along series of classes. Students learned about a Hawaiian monarch and sang songs written by or about the person during their lifetime. I continued to use a PowerPoint format to project the song words and chords on a screen in the front of the room (no handouts).
- King Kamehameha (January)
- Queen Lili’uokalani (February)
- Prince Kuhio (March)
- Na Lani Eha: The Four Royals (October)
7 NEW sing-along series classes. Students learned the story behind the song and how to sing it. I used a PowerPoint format to project the song words and chords on a screen in the front of the room (no handouts).
- Maui Nui Songs (February)
- Big Island Songs (March)
- Kauai Songs (April)
- Oahu Songs (May)
- Hapa Haole Songs (June)
- Summer Sing-Along American Songs 1 (July)
- Summer Sing-Along American Songs 2 (August)
8 NEW classes included subscription to my Basics online course for 30 days. Students learned 8 songs led by a facilitator. On the last day of class students could join the Strumming 202 class.
- Ukulele Mele Basics. 4 classes (January)
- Ukulele Mele Basics. 4 classes (February)
3 NEW classes for Ukulele Mele Music Week. Students learned the story behind the song and how to sing 9 songs about the Hawaiian Islands. I used a PowerPoint format to project the song words and chords on a screen in the front of the room.
- Singing class in preparation for end of week event. 1 class (November)
- Ukulele class in preparation for end of week event. 1 class (November)
- Island Party end of week event included group play/sing-along. 1 class (November)
1 Hawaiian Serenader show “Story of the ‘Ukulele and Concert” for Ukulele Mele Week sponsored by University of Hawai’i (November).
3 Maui Ukulele Pops Band shows accompanied by Rich on u-bass. Two new members joined this year (Charles and Apo) from Strum 202 class.
- Maui Made Sundays at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center (April)
- 9th Annual Maui Ukulele Guild Exhibition at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center (November)
- Island Party at Kaunoa (November)
1 Christmas Party (4th annual) at Kaunoa that included a group play/sing-along of 13 Christmas songs from my online Fan Club.
In addition to offering the above classes and performances, my husband and I hosted our annual 4th of July party at our house where students from Kaunoa classes were invited to bring their instruments to play music together.
The Maui Ukulele Jazz Trio also performed at one show at the 9th Annual Maui Ukulele Guild Exhibition.
Read more by clicking here:
- Read a newspaper feature story – online version or download PDF version
- Kaunoa Senior Center webpage
- Review of Ukulele Mele Music Week
- Maui Ukulele Pops Band webpage
- Maui Ukulele Jazz Trio webpage
- The Hawaiian Serenaders webpage
- Photo Galleries
- Student Testimonials from senior classes
Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele