String picking Hawaiian style

  • Ideal for: All key stages, all abilities 
  • Typical structure:  Weekly sessions for the whole class or small groups over a full term, in class or out of school hours

The ukelele is arguably the easiest string instrument to pick up, not just because of its tiny size.  This means that even those who’ve never played an instrument before will quickly find they are able to play a number of simple tunes.

These workshops are great for developing the basic musical skills that will serve your students in good stead should they decide to move onto other more challenging string instruments such as the guitar, bass, violin or even the banjo or mandolin.  And of course, the sense of achievement from being able to make some impressive progress in a short time is a great way to build confidence.

What's involved? 

As these workshops focus on technical instrumental skills, schools find that a one-off session is not really adequate as real progression takes time and practice.  We will work with your students over a term, in class or out of hours, to ensure that they have intermediary level techniques and can play chords, melodies and accompaniment parts.

It’s not necessary to be able to read music to be able to play, but we are happy to build music theory and reading into the sessions if this suits your needs.

What's more?

There’s no limit to where basic ukelele skills can get you, and ukelele orchestras are becoming increasingly popular.  If your students want to bring their skills to our regular participatory sessions at the Hothouse, we suggest they check out Stages Open House or Friday Night Project.

How do I book?

Call 01524 831997 or email