My 2019 schedule has been set for continuing my monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong series from 10 a.m. – noon at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. Class dates and descriptions in my online calendar are kept current on my upcoming events webpage. There are a total of 11 classes with themes as follows:
January 10 – Maui Nui Songs
February 21 – Paniolo (Hawaiian Cowboy) Songs
March 14 – Broadway Show Tunes
April 18 – Hula Songs
May 16 – Flower and Lei Songs
June 20 – Small Kid Time Songs
July 25 – Patriotic Songs
August 15 – Songs of the Hawaiian Islands
September 26 – Rock and Roll Songs
October 25 – International Songs
November 21 – American Classics
In addition, our Annual Ukulele Mele Christmas Party is scheduled for Wednesday, December 18 from 9 a.m. – noon at Kaunoa. The party is open to all ‘ukulele players and singers and is a great event to make new friends and renew the old as we enjoy playing and singing Hawaiian style Christmas songs the Ukulele Mele Way and more.
In class, singers can follow the song’s lyrics and ‘ukulele chords projected onto the large screen at the front of the room (similar to Sing-Along with Mitch Miller) while ‘ukulele players can play along (or not). My husband plays his ukulele-bass to keep the rhythm and fill in the lower tones to the higher pitched ‘ukulele. Both my husband and I have our instruments and voices amplified to lead everyone in singing and playing my unique song arrangements. I also tell the story behind the song in keeping with Hawaiian oral history traditions whether the song is Hawaiian or not. After class, for those who pre-ordered lunch it is a nice time to eat and visit together.
Outside of class, students can listen to and play along with my song arrangements. My husband and I have produced over 100 audio recordings on vocals, ‘ukulele, and u-bass and made them accessible on my website’s Fan Club for free. The songs are listed alphabetically within 4 categories – Hawaiian, hapa haole, pop, and Christmas songs. Each song shows the title, key, number of chords, strum, and the length of the audio recording. Many of the songs presented in my Sing-Along with Mele Fong series are also taught to my ‘ukulele students in different classes.
January 2019 marks my 10th year of teaching ‘ukulele classes at Kaunoa. Visit my webpage dedicated to senior classes for more information including links to past events and photo galleries. The journey continues as I pursue my mission to share the joy of making music, one ‘ukulele player at-a-time.
Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele