Ukulele Lessons in South Charlotte and Waxhaw, NC

The curriculum of the ukulele is much like the guitar’s: all students learn chords and chord symbols, strumming, fingerstyle, scales and technique, singing and playing, and improvisation.

The Guinness Book of World Records states that the ukulele is the easiest instrument to learn. The ukulele is a small fretted instrument with four strings known for its unique, bright timbre. It’s often associated with Hawaii, because that’s where it originated! Officially pronounced Ooo-koo-lay-lay.

For those parents who want their young child to learn to play the guitar we urge them to consider the ukulele instead. The nylon strings of a ukulele are softer and easier to press down than guitar strings, making it easier for children who haven’t built up the finger strength required for guitar. Also, the ukulele is a far more manageable size for the young student and therefore less discouraging to learn.

MEET A FEW OF OUR MANY UKULELE TEACHERS

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JORDAN OWEN

Jordan Owen graduated from Appalachian State University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Instrumental Music Education. Jordan has a NC teaching certificate for grades K-12 in Music Education. She grew up in Salisbury, NC where she started singing from a very early age. One of her first memories is singing the national anthem at a Kannapolis Intimidators game when she was only 4 years old. Jordan is a soprano and started taking voice lessons when she was 6 years old.

While she was at Appalachian, Jordan continued to grow in her musical ability, earning high placements in top ensembles. She is multi-talented and plays a variety of instruments from across the band including clarinet, bass clarinet, flute, saxophone, and piano. She also has experience composing and arranging music for chamber ensembles.

In the past few years, Jordan has been responsible for running several performance ensembles. She was a conductor for the Appalachian State Clarinet choir and worked alongside the head director of bands as a teacher’s assistant for the conducting class. She also has extensive experience in marching band, having directed the Appalachian State Basketball Band and being the drum major of the Appalachian State Marching Mountaineers her senior year.

Jordan is experienced in a variety of styles including classical, jazz, opera, pop, and rock and has 16 years of vocal training and 12 years of instrumental training. She is passionate about helping her students strive for the highest in music and in life.

RACHEL BAER

From a very young age, Rachel Baer was instilled with a love for music. She began taking piano lessons at the age of 5 and would continue lessons for 12 years straight, later adding cello, guitar, singing, and songwriting. 

She first discovered her love of teaching music by helping out her own music teachers and volunteering at camps over the summer. 

Classically trained, she graduated from Master Musicians School of Music and has been certified in the Mark O’Conner Method of teaching. She has taught students of all ages and has played in multiple orchestras, weddings, church events, and studio recordings. As well as participated in many recitals and scholarship competitions, receiving Superior performance four years in a row. 

Rachel is passionate about helping encourage each of her students to not only learn and appreciate all types of music, but also reach their goals and become the musician they hope to be. 

CALEB BAER

Caleb started playing music at age five, and settled on the violin at seven. He continued classical violin training into high school, as well as learning other instruments along the way such as the viola, mandolin, and guitar. He enjoyed participating in orchestra, bands, and chamber music in high school, which led to his decision to pursue music full time in college. 

Caleb has a degree in music from Morningstar University and a Certification in the O’Connor Violin Method from Gardner-Webb University. 

Caleb currently teaches music students at Cramerton Christian Academy, Piedmont Music Academy, and Acorn Acres String Camps, as well as teaching privately in the Charlotte, NC area. 

He is dedicated to helping students find the same enjoyment for music that he has!

JAKE WRIGHT

After being heavily involved in the music scene, Jake has seen the practice
and experience it takes to be great. His goal is to teach you through
fun, interactive lessons, how to be an accomplished musician. Whether
you want to play guitar like Jimi Hendrix, drums like Neil Peart, bass
like Flea, piano like Elton John, or sing like your favorite artists, he aims to help you harness your potential, and teach you everything he knows
to help you become the best.

His credits include: A Songwriting Award for Pinellas County, Walkers Scholarship for Music, and being in various bands from Metal to Poppunk. He has participated in multiple US tours, tour managed a band signed to Imagen Records, and currently the bassist and keyboard player for Harvest.

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CHRISTY ERVAN

Christy has been giving private music instruction for 15 years and has been with Musicians In Motion for the last 7. She teaches voice, piano, ukulele, alto saxophone, and flute.

Growing up, she began singing and taking piano lessons at a young age. She used her knowledge of piano to learn many instruments and explore many avenues of music, including vocal ensembles, show choir, concert band, marching band, jazz band, orchestra, and church worship teams.

After high school, she pursued Christian ministry training. While attending Rhema School of Worship in Broken Arrow, OK, she began to teach music lessons and found her special niche of combining her love of kids and music. Christy now teaches music full time, providing private instruction, as well as directing children choirs, group classes, and general music education for a local private school and home school co-ops. She also freelances as a worship leader and keyboard player for area churches.

Christy’s teaching style is to combine solid basic skills with fun and creativity. Songwriting and performing are used to inspire students to use their knowledge and explore different aspects of music. She believes music lessons can serve an important role in developing many areas of mental and emotional well being in people’s lives. It is more than learning to perform a song, it is a journey of self-discovery.

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NOAH STARNES

Noah is multi-talented in five instruments including Piano, Bass Guitar, Drums, Clarinet, and Guitar. Noah has the most passion for guitar though as he has been playing guitar the longest. He has been playing guitar since he was 6 years old and can still find new ways to play with a huge array of styles ranging from some classical to heavy metal. Noah taught private lessons for about 2 years before truly pursuing his musical career.

He has been in four bands and has extensive knowledge in almost any genre of music out there. Noah has always loved to help people and teach people how to do the things they are passionate about. He believes that if you are passionate about something pursue it because you never know where it could lead you.  

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