Pa Mele 'O Hokulea 'Ukulele Academy

Come and play with us!

If you've ever wanted to play an instrument but thought  the learning curve might be too much... think again. I can have you playing music by the end of your first lesson! No musical experience needed. My beginner's course is designed for the first timer.

Or if you've already had some experience playing and would like to broaden your repertoire, and skills sets, my Intermediate/Advance class is waiting for you. You should be able to play at least a dozen chords easily. You'll have a great time every week learning new songs, making new friends while we share the joy of making music together.

All you need is your own instrument and the willingness to give it a try. Whether you want to play for personal interest or to become a part of the fast growing world wide community of ukulele enthusiasts, you'll find my classes a great place to start.

In the past, my students & I have recorded two live albums. Not only was it big fun, this class project was a great learning tool. If you'd like to participate in possible future recording projects with us... join the group! We haven't set a date for the next albums yet, so stay tuned for more information.

Students also have the opportunity to perform at a variety of public shows throughout the year. To participate, students must be currently enrolled to receive current charts and attend rehearsals. More details below.

TO REGISTER for classes simply attend the first class of the course. Your tuition is due that night. Fees vary by location. Call for specifics.

PLEASE NOTE: Beginning class registration closes once we meet for our first lesson. Sorry no late beginning drop ins without special arrangement.

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 an area of 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 within local driving distance. Available Mon-Fri. Call for an appointment.

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

  2014 'Ukulele Class Schedules & Locations

Click on Tuesday or Wednesday for a downloadable schedule

Mondays in Santa Cruz
My home in Soquel (call to register 831 334- 8537)

---NEW--- 6:00-7:00 Advanced Beginners  (6 week course)

Feb 24 - March 31

April 14 - May 19

May 26 - June 30

July 14 - Aug 25

Sept 8 - Oct 13

Oct 20 - Dec 8

---NEW--- 7:00-8:30  Advanced Student Workshop
Meets 1st and 3rd Mondays
My home in Soquel, (call to register 831 334- 8537)

Tuesdays in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Art League

526 Broadway
(1 block off Ocean Ave)


6:00-7:00  Beginners

7:15-8:15 Returning Students

Jan 7 – Feb 11

Feb 25 – April 1

April 15 – May 20

May 25 – July 7

July 15 – Aug 26

Sept 9 – Oct 10

Oct 21 – Dec 12


Wednesdays in San Jose

Yu Ai Kai Senior Center
588 North 4th Street

(Jackson Ave, cross street)


---NEW---3:30-4:30  Advanced Beginners

6:00-7:00  Returning Students

7:15-8:15 New Beginners 


Jan 8 – Feb 12

Feb 26 – April 2

April 16 – May 21

May 28 – July 2

July 16 – Aug 27

Sept 10 – Oct 15

Oct 22 – Dec 10



Annual Student Performance Opportunities

Meow Luau Animal Shelter Fund Raiser
Cowboy Campfire

Aloha Campfire
Holiday Christmas Shows

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 to or more of the following questions, this course if you! Do you have some experience but my have trouble transitioning form 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.

Continuing Ukulele: 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.) 

Advanced Ukulele: This course if your the student wishing to develop better right hand techniques, explore various rhythms (Bossa Nova, Swing, etc), learn how to read tablature to play melody lines and of course more advanced chords and songs.

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. All classes are taught by watching, listening, singing and or course playing along.

Instruments/Equipment:  You must have a ukulele by the first class to participate. 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 tape recorder to class. Recorded classes are helpful during practice at home and will help you learn new songs. 


Click here to open a Ukulele Chord Chart PDF   UkeChart.pdf