Posts Tagged ‘ukulele’


In Today’s News

February 25, 2018

Ukulele camp
Portland Press Herald article written by Gillian Graham about the ukulele program at Riverton Elementary School. READ HERE.


Kid’s Ukulele Club

February 3, 2017

Belfast Guitar & Ukulele



In the News

March 22, 2012

Musician Michael Burd teaching ukulele to adult ed students

The Sun Journal published article written by Ann Bryant on March 7th about Michael Burd teaching ukulele to adult ed classes at Mt. Blue Middle School in Farmington. Not only can you find the article by clicking here but also at the link is a video clip of Michael and the students in action.

The article starts like this:

Four strings, three chords and the agile fingers of 10 students in Ukulele 101 resounded in a rendition of “Happy Birthday” at Mt. Blue Middle School.

After showing students where to place their fingers for each chord, instructor Michael Burd asked the students if they knew the meaning of muscle memory. It’s doing it until it comes naturally, he said. He urged the students to “practice, practice, practice” the simple song before the next class.

Michael is a professional musician who plays bass with David Mallett, Noel Paul Stukey and others. He bought himself a ukulele last year at a yard sale for $2 and started playing. He is an instructor with the adult ed program in the Mt. Blue Regional District where he is teaching others to play the ukulele.

Burd attended the Maine Learning Technology Initiative workshop with Steve Garton in January. You might remember his picture from the blog post.

Anyone else teaching arts in an adult ed program? Please let me know!

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