Lessons & Workshops

Skill Development for every player!

Are you new to ukulele? Are you stuck at an intermediate level and looking for assistance to reach the next step up? Are you getting pretty good and can now see some holes in your knowledge?


Uke In The Park 1 and 2 with Ron Mercer

  • WHEN Weekly from January 23/25 through March 13/15, 2018
  • WHERE Festival Place, 100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park, AB
  • REGISTRATION $90.00 Required in advance at Festival Place
    Level 1 Tuesday evening (14+)
    Level 1 Thursday afternoon (18+)
    Level 2 Thursday evening (18+)
  • Join Ron for an eight-week series of group lessons at Festival Place. You will need to bring your own ukulele.

    Level 1: “Beginners welcome! Learn how to hold and strum a ukulele and play some easy chords taught by Ron Mercer a very experienced ukulele tutor. Each class will lead into new strumming skills and playing techniques. Various types of music will be introduced: rock & roll, pop, country, reggae, classics, ballads, and class participants’ music requests. Be warned this little instrument is highly addictive!”

    Level 2: “Lessons in single-string picking and plucking, strumming techniques including the five finger roll, staggered strum and rest strum will be taught. Advancing through the program Ron Mercer will help you master the ukulele fretboard while playing a variety of music genres while enhancing your new skills.”

    You can also call Festival Place at 780-449-3378 for details.

    Ukulele Tune-Up Workshop with Gary Glewinski

  • WHEN Sunday, February 18, 2018, 2:00 – 4:00 P. M.
  • WHERE Forsyth Hall at the St Albert Public Library – 5 St Anne St, St Albert, AB
  • REGISTRATION Free! Required in advance at the St Albert Public Library events calendar
  • “Have you picked up the ukulele, and want to take your strumming to the next level? Need a refresher and to learn new tips? Gary Glewinski of St Albert Music Instruction, will share his ukulele expertise and get your playing tuned up and in rhythm. Topics of study include:

    Playing as part of an ensemble
    Playing melodies
    Right-hand techniques, including finger-picking, alternating plucking and strumming, use of percussive technique and muting
    Left-hand techniques, including slides, bends, legato playing, and double stops

    For teens and adults. Please bring your own ukulele and stand.”

    James Hill Ukulele Workshop

  • WHEN Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 5:00-6:30 P. M.
  • WHERE Festival Place (room number will be confirmed when you register)
    401 Festival Ln, Sherwood Park, AB
  • REGISTRATION $40.00 per participant. Call 780-464-2852 and ask for course #120694 .
    Or visit Festival Place online to register.
  • PLEASE NOTE: the WORKSHOP (Wednesday) and the CONCERT (Thursday) are SEPARATE REGISTRATIONS. If you want both, be sure you registered for both. Concert info here.

    Award-winning ukulele player and songwriter James Hill will be leading a ukulele workshop. Learn melodies, strumming and plucking techniques from one of the finest ukulele musicians in the world.
    There must be a sufficient number of registrations for the workshop to run. Register early.
    Registrants will be offered the option to purchase a discounted ticket to the James Hill & Anne Janelle show presented by Festival Place on February 22.
    Discounts cannot be offered on previous purchases, but a second concert ticket is 50% off when you register for the workshop.

    Do Not Forget Your Ukulele. Oh, the embarrassment.

    Private Lessons with Local Ukulele Teachers

    There are many teachers in the Edmonton area who offer ukulele instruction. The people below are the knowledgeable and kind people we recommend personally. (Each of them also offers instruction on other instruments as well.)

    Ron Mercer – Edmonton (Westmount) some workshops outside Edmonton

    Beginner-friendly, offers private ukulele lessons and periodically presents workshop-style or group ukulele sessions. Some of us have taken his strum workshop or his Christmas workshop. Flexible availability for continuing students or one-time lessons, and he can teach at your location or his (varying rate).

    Ron says:  I have been teaching and jamming all my adult life and would love to get you started on this most wonderful of instruments. If you already play, then come on out and let’s get inspired with fun and different musical insights. I teach out of my house which is in the Westmount area. I am comfortable with group lessons and workshops on specific musical topics.

    E-mail Ron at  coates.mercer@interbaun.com
    Ron: (780) 488-5256.

    Gary (G.W.) Myers – Edmonton, just off Whyte Avenue. 

    Beginner-friendly, offers private ukulele lessons, songwriting, and music theory as applicable. How do chords work? Why is that there? What are the rest of these frets for? Gary knows.
    Formerly an instructor at MacEwan University Outreach.

    Gary M says:
    Learn through an exciting array of styles:
    Blues, Brazilian (Bossa Nova, Samba etc.) Hawaiian, Folk, Classical, Country, Rock, Jazz, African, Reggae, Funk and more!

    Gary: (780) 435-8819

    Gary Glewinski – St. Albert

    Beginner-friendly, offers occasional workshops, private ukulele lessons and music theory to all ages and skill levels. Gary begins students in January and September. In between, he waitlists prospective students in case a spot opens up. Gary also has a series of intermediate lessons available on YouTube in tutorial format.

    Gary G says:

    For more details visit: garygmusic.com
    Visit me on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/stalbertmusicinstruction

    Other Ukulele Instruction

    Lions Millwoods
    2nd floor, 2610 Hewes Way, Edmonton
    Call for details: 780-496-2997
    Weekly daytime group and/or individual lessons for Lions members only. All skill levels.

    Lions Northgate
    7524 139 Avenue, Edmonton
    Call for details: 780-496-6969
    Weekly daytime group and/or individual lessons for Lions members only. All skill levels.

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