Pa Mele 'O Hokulea 'Ukulele Academy

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Did Santa bring you a ukulele for Christmas? Did you find one in the attic that’s been in the family for years? Perhaps you bought one while vacationing in the islands. The next step is to learn how to play it and I can help!

Come join my Ukulele Academy. I offer classes on Mondays and Tues in Santa Cruz and on Weds. in San Jose. I’ll teach you all of the basics you’ll need to get you playing in no time. You’ll be playing music before your first lesson is over.

Or if you already know how to play at least a dozen chords, I can take you beyond the basics with my Intermediate/Advance classes.

Beyond instruction in the class, I provide performance experience opportunities supporting our local communities. Plus each month we have a great time at our ukulele social club, jamming to our favorite tunes. There always lots of laughter and you’re bound to make plenty of new friends on your journey with music.

So dust off your uke and come to my classes. I hope to see you there . Aloha!

IMPORTANT: The Beginning Class registration closes once we meet for our first lesson. If you can not make the first class of the course, you can make special arrangements for a private "make-up" lesson or wait until the next session begins.

PRIVATE LESSONS are perfect of anyone that might need a slower paced lesson or want to move at a more advanced pace than the group lessons. We can supplement the group classes or develop your personal interest. They are also great for kids. Children should be of reading age. Private lessons are typically in my home in Soquel or with in local driving distance. Available Mon-Fri. Call for an appointment. Gift certificates are available.

Michelle Kiba (831) 334-8537 or email me at:


2018 'Ukulele Class Schedules & Locations

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Soquel & Santa Cruz      Los Gatos & San Jose

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6:30 - 7:30  Advanced Beginner’s at private residence
Limit: 6  students. Pre-register for address. 831 334- 8537

January 8 – Feb 6  
The last class of this course meets on TUES 2/6.

February 12 – March 20 

April 2 – May 8  
No classes on 4/30

May 14 – June 26   
(No classes on 5/28, 6/18)

July 9 – Aug 28
 (No classes 7/2, 7/23, 7/30)

Sept 3 – Oct 9 

Oct 15 - Dec 4  
(No classes 10/29, 11/19)

Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz Art League  526 Broadway
(1 block off Ocean Ave)


6:00-7:00  Beginners

7:15 - 8:15 Intermediate / Advanced Classes 

January 2 – Feb 6

February 13 – March 20 
(No classes 3/27)

April 3 – May 8  

May 15 – June 26 (5 weeks)
(No classes on 5/29, 6/19, 7/3)

July 10 - Aug 28  
(No classes on 7/24, 7/31)

Sept 4 – Oct 9  

Oct 16 – Dec 4 

Nov 29 & Dec 6 - 2 class meetings only
Special Holiday Rehearsal classes


Los Gatos

Terraces of Los Gatos 800 Blossom Hill Road
(near Los Gatos Blvd)

1:30 - 2:30 Advanced Beginners

This program does not meet on the 1st Wed
of the month. Classes meet only on the following dates:

Jan 10, 17, 24, 31

Feb 14, 21, 28

March 14, 21

April 11, 18, 25

May 9, 16, 23,
June, 13, 27

July 11, 18

Aug 8, 15, 22, 29

Sept 12, 19, 26

Oct 10, 17, 24

Nov 14, 28

Dec 6


San Jose

Yu Ai Kai Senior Center 588 North 4th Street

(Jackson Ave, cross street)


6:00 - 7:00  Returning Students

7:15 - 8:15 New Beginners 

January 3 – Feb 7 

February 14 – March 21  
(No classes on 3/28)

April 4 – May 9 

May 16 – June 27 (5 weeks) 
(No classes on 5/30, 6/20, 7/4)

July 11 – Aug 29 
(No classes on 7/25, 8/1)

Sept 5  – Oct 10  

Oct 17 – Dec 5 
(No classes on 10/31, 11/21)  

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Student Performance Opportunities

Meow Luau Animal Shelter Fund Raiser
Cowboy Campfire

Aloha Campfire
Holiday Christmas Shows

Dates to be announced in class

Performance opportunities: Students are encouraged to sing and play for each other at our recitals nights (typically the last class of the session) where friends and family are welcome to join us. We also entertain at multiple public venues throughout the year. Our past shows include the annual Meow Luau at the Animal Shelter, the Cowboy Campfire, Aloha Campfire, the Ukulele Festival of Northern California and Holiday shows. To participate, students must attend rehearsals and be currently enrolled in classes.

Course Description

Beginning Ukulele: You do not need any musical experience. This course is designed for students who have never played an instrument before. It is also a great refresher course for those who have some experience playing the ukulele. Students will be able to play 2- 3 songs by the end of the first lesson. Each time we meet, we will build on the previous lesson and add new skills, with chords, and new songs. (IMPORTANT! Registration closes after the first class meeting. If you can not make the first class, please sign up for the next session).

Advanced Beginner: If you Answer Yes to two or more of the following questions, this course if you! Do you have some experience but still have trouble transitioning from chord to chord? Do you have any discomfort while playing? Do you play less than 12 chords? Do you find song charts challenging to follow? Are all of your strums the same? We'll review some good ergonomic practices, learn some simple strumming techniques, build your chord and song repertoire and practice learning to play together.

Intermediate/Advanced: This course is for students that already play at least 8-12 chords proficiently. (If you need to ask "which chords?" you may not be ready. It's recommended you take the beginning class first). This class moves along. We focus on building song repertoire, learn new chords and developing advanced right and left hand techniques. Each 6-week session will feature a different theme of music (i.e. Rock, Hawaiian, Swing, Oldies, etc.) 

Class Objectives: Students will have fun singing and learning to play the soprano, concert or tenor ukulele. We’ll cover a wide variety of music including, Western, Swing ,Easy Rock, folk, Tin Pan Alley, easy Jazz, Hawaiian songs and more. Reading music is not a requirement nor will music theory be emphasized, however in the continuing classes we will occasionally explore basic theory elements to gain a better understanding of how music works. We will also include tablature reading and some finger style playing. All classes are taught by watching, listening, singing and of course playing along.

Instruments/Equipment:  You must have a ukulele by the first class to participate. You'll also need a chromatic tuner. If you don't have one at the first lesson, I will have extras on hand as loaners. We'll talk more about them at the first class. Please contact the instructor if you need information about how or where to buy a ukulele. Sorry, my curriculum does not support the baritone. Only Soprano, Concert and Tenor 'ukulele tuning.

It is HIGHLY recommended you bring a recording device to class. If you have a smart phone, check to see if you have "voice memo" or "voice recorder"  Recordings will help you learn our songs and be helpful as a practice tool. Recorded classes are helpful during practice at home and will help you learn new songs. 


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