Ukulele Mele On Maui
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Kaunoa Senior Center

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SENIOR CLASSES FOR ADULTS 55 AND BETTER

In January 2009, Mele began teaching a 6-month 'Ukulele Beyond the Basics class "as an experiment" at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. Mele wanted to challenge retirees to expand their horizons, set higher expectations, and do more than they thought they were capable of doing. Thus, Mele developed a music education and 'ukulele curriculum to fulfil that need for adult lifelong learning. The experiment continues as Mele has expanded to teaching 'ukulele for different skill levels and musical interests, Hawaiian history, and sing-along classes in addition to leading student performing groups into the community.

 

STUDENT SECTION

CURRENT CALENDAR

YEARS IN REVIEW - Click on the year to jump there:

2017 - 95 classes scheduled (calendar view) (list with dates)

42 continuing 'ukulele classes. Students receive emailed song sheets and can play along with 97 audio recordings in the online Fan Club to practice songs outside of class.
- Advanced Ukulele (continuing). 21 classes.
- Ukulele Strumming 202 (continuing). 21 classes.

10 Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series (PowerPoint presentation with lunch optional).
- Maui Songs (January).
- Oahu Songs (February).
- Big Island Songs (March).
- Kauai Songs (April).
- NEW Flowers and Lei Songs (May).
- NEW Small Kid Time Songs (June).
- NEW Patriotic Songs (July).
- NEW Great American Songs (August).
- NEW Island Songs (September).
- NEW Queen Lili'uokalani's Songs (October).

1 Hawaiian History and Sing-Along (PowerPoint presentation with lunch optional).
- Na Lani Eha - The Four Royals (November).

5 NEW Ukulele Mele Basics (includes trial subscription to Beginner Online course).
- 3 classes (January).
- 2 classes (June).

4 NEW Ukulele Mele Beyond the Basics (includes trial subscription to Intermediate Online course).
- (July).

31 classes use packaged song sets of book/DVD/CD of 6 songs with 8 unique strums. Students can refer to the song sheets, video lessons, and audio recordings to practice songs outside of class.
- Strumming 101 uses Sing-Along Songs Vol 1 set. 5 classes (February-March).
- Strumming 101 uses Sing-Along Songs Vol 2 set. 4 classes (April).
- Strumming 101 uses Sing-Along Songs Vol 2 set. 4 classes (May).
- Hawaiian Songs 1 uses Nostalgic Hawaiian Songs Vol 1 set. 4 classes (August).
- Hawaiian Songs 2 uses Nostalgic Hawaiian Songs Vol 2 set. 4 classes (September-October).
- Hapa Haole Songs uses Hapa Haole Songs Vol 1 set. 5 classes (October-November).
- Christmas Songs uses Mele Kalikimaka Vol. 1 set. 5 classes (November-December).

1 Maui Ukulele Pops Band show.
- Maui Ukulele Guild Exhibition (November).

1 Christmas Party. (December).

2016 - 99 classes (Read more)
- 87 classes (continuing 'ukulele, using packaged song sets, Hawaiian history with songs, sing-along, and 4th Christmas party.)
- 8 classes led by facilitator with Basics Online Course subscription and invitation to Strumming 202.
- 3 Band shows (2 off-site at Queen Ka'ahumanu Center and 1 at Kaunoa).
- 1 Hawaiian Serenaders show "Story of the 'Ukulele and Concert" sponsored by the University of Hawai'i.

Highlights: Feature story about Mele Fong in The Maui News, new Sing-Along Series, and Ukulele Mele Music Week to celebrate Mele's 7th year of teaching at Kaunoa. Since 2009, Mele wanted to hold a music festival at Kaunoa and she made it happen.

2015 - 69 classes (Read more)
- 54 classes (continuing 'ukulele, using packaged song sets, Hawaiian history with songs, and 3rd Christmas party.
- 12 classes led by facilitator with Basics Online Course subscription and invitation to Strumming 202.
- 3 Band shows off-site at Upcountry Fair, Maui Arts & Cultural Center, and Queen Ka'ahumanu Center.

Highlights: New sing-along component to Hawaiian history classes and new online courses led by a volunteer facilitator with the invitation to participate in class on the last day. In addition, students from 'Ukulele Strumming 202 class joined Band members on stage at the huge Ukulele Festival at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (the MC and sound guy said we were the best group). Plus, two Band students who also dance hula helped during The Hawaiian Serenaders evening shows at the new Ukulele Mixed Plate events at the Shops at Wailea.

2014 - 59 classes (Read more)
- 56 classes (continuing 'ukulele, using packaged song sets, Play Along, 2nd Christmas party).
- 3 Band shows off-site at Upcountry Fair, Liberty Dialysis Office opening, and Queen Ka'ahumanu Center.

Highlights: Production of video recording "Are UKE having fun yet?" with students, and new classes offered during the 4-6pm time slot to attract people still working (but most attendees were not).

2013 - 74 classes (Read more)
- 71 classes (continuing 'ukulele, new strumming 101, new strumming 202, new using packaged song sets, new Play Along, 1st Christmas party at Kaunoa).
- 2 Band shows (1 off-site at Queen Ka'ahumanu Center and 1 at Kaunoa).
- 1 Hawaiian Serenaders show "Nostalgic Hawaiian Songs" sponsored by the University of Hawai'i.

Highlighlights: New online Fan Club, new packaged song sets, and new Play Along classes. Plus the annual Christmas party was held at Kaunoa for the first time.

2012 - 68 classes (Read more)
- 60 classes (continuing 'ukulele, new strumming 101, new strumming 202, new Hawaiian history).
- 8 Band shows off-site.

Highlights: New continuing classes for 'ukulele and leading students to perform in the community. A student wrote the Band jingle. 

2011 - 89 classes (Read more)
- 76 classes (continuing 'ukulele, 4th Beyond the Basics 6-month class, new workshops)
- 13 Band shows off-site.

Highlights: Band recorded 17 music videos at Akaku TV station to post on YouTube in lieu of going to Japan to perform live (there was an earthquake/tsunami on March 11).

2010 - 107 classes (Read more)
- 98 classes (continuing 'ukulele, 3rd Beyond the Basics 6-month class, new introduction classes, new singing class, new Hawaiian history).
- 8 Band shows off-site.
- 1 Hawaiian Serenaders show "History of Hawai'i Through Music" sponsored by the University of Hawai'i.

Highlights: New Hawaiian history classes and student shows in the community (Band's 1st show off-site). 

2009 - 83 classes all new (Read more)
- 80 classes (1st and 2nd Beyond the Basics 6-month class, continuing 'ukulele, Alumni Club, singing, Hawaiian history).
- 1 Band show on-site.
- 2 Hawaiian Serenaders shows "Classic Songs of the Islands" sponsored by the University of Hawai'i.

Highlights: Band's 1st show on-site for "Mele's Kalikimaka" with singing class.


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