Ukulele Lessons in South Charlotte and Waxhaw, NC and Fort Mill, Sc

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

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 MCNICHOLS

From a very young age, Rachel McNichols 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. 

CRYSTAL FRENCH

“We are each born with an urge to express ourselves. When I was 5, my mother chose the piano for me.  As I grew older, I began to understand that there were no shortcuts to obtaining the skills required for self-expression. Now, as a music educator my goal is to assist my students in learning the fundamentals needed to express their own voice.”

Crystal is a classically trained pianist and multi instrumentalist who studied under the instruction of Joyce Harwood and Alma Rae Tucciarone before majoring in music at Pfeiffer University with a concentration in piano and trombone.. She studied jazz trombone under the instruction of international trombonist and Fulbright Scholar, Tom Smith and piano underneath prolific composer and recording artist, Dr. David Palmer. 

For over 15 years, Crystal has taught students of all ages and levels of advancement. Her students are the recipients of numerous awards and regularly receive the highest ratings in competitions and festivals. Her teaching career began while in college when she taught her first piano lesson through a music program she developed at the Senior Center in her hometown of Albemarle, NC. Since then she has taught in numerous pre-k through 12th grade classrooms, developed multiple music programs, given back to the community by hosting perform-athons, conducted and developed curriculum for after school enrichment programs and directed summer music camps. Crystal was also recognized and received the Top Teacher of the Year Award two years in a row, presented by Steinway & Sons Piano Gallery-Charlotte in 2016 and 2017.

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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