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About The Awesome Ukulele Academy

The Short Version

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Since 2016, Matt Parkin has been teaching people from all walks of life – often those who have never played an instrument before – a simple, fun process that gets them playing the songs they love on the ukulele, regardless of experience or age. (Matt’s musical bio is way too long but can be emailed upon request 😁 ).

In 2020, the world-wide pandemic led to the setting up of an online workshop that mirrors Matt’s teaching technique along with a follow-on programme using platforms that are readily accessible to anyone with a device and internet connection. The Awesome Ukulele Academy was born.

Matt and Team Awesome are passionate and absolutely dedicated to helping new ‘ukulele-ists’ learn together, stay inspired, and feel supported so that they can develop a deep sense of satisfaction from learning to play and are able to share their music with the people who they love. We have fun!

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I spent a great deal of my youth playing the bass guitar in lots of noisy rock bands, touring all over America and Europe, making records back when they were released on vinyl, and was even on ‘Top of The Pops’!

I became a music teacher, with 3 children of my own, and worked at my local school. Part of my role was to teach the ukulele to young children, which I did in a whole-class setting as well as 1:1. I spent 5 years developing a simple process that enabled the kids to learn their first musical instrument and gain confidence, nurturing a sense of accomplishment from what they had achieved.

The pandemic changed the focus of my work to the virtual classroom and I could see how my accelerated method of learning worked just as well online. I opened up the door to my Kool Kids Club in September 2020 – an online community for children to learn the ukulele as the first instrument. What really surprised me was that it worked even better than face-to-face. Due to the community and accountability of the online group, what would normally have taken the entire academic year for them to achieve, now took 3 months!

But it was always the adults that fascinated me…!

The older someone is, the less likely they are to have had any formal musical education at all. I spoke to people who thought they were too old, or that it was too late for them, or that they would find it too hard, or that it would take too long. And that broke my heart. Music is for everybody and everyone should be able to play the songs they love, get enjoyment out of making music, and be able to share it with the people that they love.

And I also discovered that people really wanted to learn a new skill, bring music and creativity into their lives, and feel a sense of satisfaction at having done that. But many lacked the confidence or needed support to create the habits that are needed to succeed.

In 2021, I set up an online workshop that mirrored my teaching technique along with a follow-on programme using platforms that are readily accessible to anyone with a device and internet connection. The Awesome Ukulele Academy was born!

Matt and Team Awesome are passionate and absolutely dedicated to helping ‘ukulele-ists’ learn together, stay inspired, and feel supported so that they develop a deep sense of satisfaction for learning to play and, most importantly, have fun while doing it!!

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Testimonials

STUDENTS SAY THE NICEST THINGS

Zoe Grace Cozens recommends The Awesome Ukulele Academy
12 October 2021 · Shared with Public
Matt is very accessible as a teacher, fun, focused and so encouraging. He leaves no one behind! I am really looking forward to learning even more ukulele having got into the practice of daily playing and confidence that nothing ukulele is beyond my reach. Thank you, Matt.
Eva Shaw recommends The Awesome Ukulele Academy
21 July 2021 · Shared with Public
Thank you so much, I've learnt so much during this course and I think that this is the first class in my life I've really enjoyed and felt no pressure from, so I have been able to really engage well, and the community support has been amazing and lovely, I've felt so supported, able to ask questions, and have gone from knowing very little about ukulele (despite trying to teach myself with a book previously and getting nowhere) to feeling like I've got this and able to play quite a few songs and seeing myself progress and knowing how to learn!
Steve Sadler recommends The Awesome Ukulele Academy
20 September 2021 · Shared with Public
My twin brother has played the guitar for years and been in orchestra, sang in a choir but I have never been musical at all, but thought I would give this a go and well it has been fantastic, really enjoyable and very well set out, with fantastic people giving support, I can now play a ukulele, yes still got a long way to go but wouldn't be anywhere near where I am without this group.
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