Ukulele

Ukulele

Ukulele

 

ukulele

 

Ukulele – The ukulele is a very small guitar that originated from an island in Portugal called Madeira. This instrument was called “braguinha” in Portuguese. In 1879, travelers took a ship from the island of Madeira to Hawaii. Craftsmen who witnessed this instrument being played were fascinated and began producing it for Hawaiians. The instrument was nicknamed “ukulele,” which actually means, “jumping flea.” It is also called “uke” for short.

Ukes are different from guitars in several ways. They are usually very lightweight and easy to carry. Original style ukes are easier to learn to play because they have fewer strings. They are also easier on the fingers. Ukes are, however, limited in the range of notes that can be played. They are great for musicians who want simplicity!

Today this instrument is still very popular in Hawaii and is being shipped to music lovers around the world. Let’s take a look at the types and styles of ukuleles.

Four Types of Ukuleles

There are four standard types of ukuleles, which are concert, soprano, tenor, and baritone. The most commonly used type is the soprano ukulele. Each type, except the baritone, is tuned using the well-known tune/phrase “my dog has fleas!” This involves hitting the keys G, C, E and then A. The tenor type is one octave down from soprano. The baritone’s tuning is accomplished using this order of keys: E, B, G, D.

There are also hybrid ukuleles being produced today, such as the banjulele (banjo body), taropatch (eight-stringed instrument) and ukelin. These specialty instruments are usually developed by individuals or specialty musical instrument companies. Some are even highly collectible today.

The soprano uke is the smallest at about 21 inches long. The concert uke is about 23 inches long. The baritone uke is 30 inches long, and the tenor uke is 26 inches long. The baritone and tenor ukes are more similar to regular-sized guitars, only with just four strings.

Styles of Ukuleles

Ukuleles may also come in a variety of styles, colors, and shapes to reflect the personality of the musician. Some examples of style variety are the Bushman ukuleles, which come in styles such as Jenny Soprano, Jenny Pineapple, Jenny Concert, Jenny Tenor, and Jenny Baritone.

A ukulele maker might use a variety of high-quality woods to produce the instruments such as Mahogany to give the instrument a brilliant finish. The shapes of the instrument may vary as well. Some resemble the regular guitar shape while others might be completely oval-shaped, similar to a pineapple shape, or have a piece “cut away” at the neck.

With prices ranging from $169 and up, anyone can own a ukulele. They can be ordered online for music fans that live in areas where the ukulele is not readily available locally. There is also a wide variety of ukulele strings and accessories such as felt picks, tuners, amplifiers, shoulder straps, strap buttons, tuning machines, ukulele humidifiers, and more. Whether one wants a cheap ukulele to keep around the house for fun or an expensive one for professional concerts, it’s easy to find just the right style online.

How to Market Your Private Tutoring Lessons

How to Market Your Private Tutoring Lessons

How to Market Your Private Tutoring Lessons

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How to Market Your Private Tutoring Lessons

Private tutoring is all about word of mouth. That word of mouth does not work if you have no one to spread around how great you are, though. If you are just starting out in the private tutoring lessons and do not have anyone to help get your name out there, or maybe you moved to a new area and do not know anyone there yet, then you will want to figure out the best marketing strategies to get your private tutoring lesson business off the ground.

Here is how to market your private tutoring lessons business to get you the most clients and plenty of word-of-mouth referrals.

What is in a Name

Think about the other businesses that you frequent. What makes you remember their name? Something short and to the point usually works. You might think just using your name like Bob Wright is enough, but is it catchy and memorable enough? What if you have a name that’s hard to spell or pronounce?

Something catchy, clever, and memorable is going to catch peoples eyes. Usually when parents begin looking for a tutor for their child, it is because they need to bring their child’s grade up and fast. They are doing quick searches and making quick decisions. You want to stand out. A catchy name and logo will help you accomplish this.

Have a Website

People look for companies on the internet. You need to create a website, but you can not just make it and think that is it. You need to promote your website and help it move to the top of search engine pages. Search engine optimization (SEO) is very important. You can hire someone to do this or you can do it yourself.

List your business with search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing. Add yourself to list services in your area, such as Angie’s List, Yelp, and craigslist. Have a blog as part of your website and write frequent high quality posts.

You can also have other people guest blog for you, and you yourself should guest blog on other blogs too. Make sure they will allow you to link back to your blog. Have an SEO plugin on your website and use keywords on your blog posts. It is important to use high quality keywords to get the search to go to your page.

Advertise

Your website is an important digital advertising tool. You might also want to have a Facebook page for digital advertising. However, nothing really beats good old-fashioned paper marketing for this type of business. Create flyers and put them on peoples cars when they park in parking lots. Go places where parents will be, like the grocery store, Karate, schools, parks, etc.

Make up business cards and put them on bulletin boards; hand them out whenever you possibly can. Place them in strategic shelves in the library near the subject you are going to be tutoring in. Add a magnetic decal to your car.

Contact the local schools and introduce yourself to teachers. Parents will often ask teachers for suggestions of tutors when their children are struggling. Get your business card in the teachers hand and they will pass it on to the parents when asked.

Getting your name out there in every possible way is going to be important in reaching out to those who are in need of private tutoring lessons. Do not ever stop advertising. You can ask current clients for referrals, but you will need to continue to work other outlets.

Having more work than you can handle is better than not enough. Get to know other area tutors so you know who to send the overflow to when your schedule gets too full.

Five Tips for a Successful Private Lessons Business

Five Tips for a Successful Private Lessons Business

 

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Five Tips for a Successful Private Lessons Business – Teaching private lessons in music or art can be a great way to make extra cash. You might have a lot of people asking you to show them how to do something that they know you are good at. However, you might be hesitant to start because oftentimes teaching someone else how to do what you do can be a difficult task.

Here are five tips for starting a successful private lesson business from your home.

1. Building Your Clientele

There are many different ways you can work when you are giving private lessons. One option is to work in a music or art store providing lessons. Beware of any rules the store might have about who owns your list of students, though, so if you ever want to go off on your own you can know whether you can take your students with you or not. You can also teach in home at the student’s house or at your house, or teach in a studio that you own or rent.

If you work in a store then ideally the store will provide you with your clientele. When you are on your own, (either in your home, your clients homes or your own studio) you have to advertise. Word of mouth will likely be how you start, but you will need to keep it going with frequent flyers and mailings to people where possible, and perhaps using social media outlets to drum up business.

2. Giving the First Lesson

The first lesson is an important one. This is what is going to set the tone for the rest of your time with your student. Its imperative that you make a good first impression. Prior to the lesson, gather some information such as the age of your student, previous experience working in whatever medium you are working on with the student, and any special considerations you will need to know about.

Make sure they are prepared for the lesson, and make it very clear what is needed prior to that first lesson. Allow parents to sit in for the first lesson and find out what the students goals are and what they hope to achieve from the lessons. How you approach things is going to depend on the information that you gather, but you need to make it fun so they want to come back and want to do well.

3. Tailor Lessons to the Individual

Not everyone is going to need the same thing. One-on-one lessons are basically tutoring sessions and must be tailored to fit the needs of the individual. It is not at all like teaching a class of multiple students. You can work on the individuals weaknesses and build on the individual’s strengths to really give the student a great foundation.

There are no set-in-stone priorities you have to accomplish. You can ask the student what they are working on and see how you can build on that to improve that particular skill. Remember, if you are doing what the student wants and providing them with what they need, then they are going to keep coming back for more.

4. Notes and Records

You need to keep thorough notes and records of progress that is made, and also from a financial standpoint. From a bookkeeping perspective, it is good to keep track of how often a student attends lessons and what was paid and when. From a teaching standpoint, taking notes of what was worked on in each lesson and what was done well and what needs more work, will help focus on what you need to do for the next lesson.

Notes and records are especially important if you have multiple students; you do not want to rely on your memory in this case, because you might end up repeating things over and over again.

5. Always Be a Student Yourself

Never stop learning yourself. There is a reason that doctors and lawyers say they practice their fields; they are always learning new things. Well, the same can be said about anything. You should always be building and honing your own skills. This will make you a desirable tutor and help you to build your business. It is also going to help take out the monotony if you continue to learn and build on your own personal skills and expertise.

Private lessons are a sought-after service, mostly for children. You can really create a lucrative business teaching others and it will feel good too. Following these five tips will make it so much easier and profitable for you.

A Guide for Art and Music Teachers to Set Rates

A Guide for Tutors, Art and Music Teachers to Set Rates

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A Guide for Art and Music Teachers to Set Rates – you are giving private art, music, or tutoring lessons, you might be struggling with how to determine what to charge for your services. You do not want to charge too little so that people either do not take you seriously or you get too many people and can not serve everyone. You also do not want to charge too much so people will avoid you like the plague.

Finding the right balance is difficult. Here’s a guide for what to do when choosing your rates for your tutoring, art, or music lesson business.

Where Do You Give Lessons?

When determining your fee, you need to factor in where you are giving your private lessons. If you are giving them in your home, then you probably will not need to charge as much as you would if you drive out to homes to give lessons, or even if you have to rent a separate space to give lessons.

You will need to factor in these costs when coming up with your rate. Once you have included the cost for your travel or to rent a space, you can follow the steps to setting your rates for your tutoring, art, or music business.

Steps to Determine Your Private Lesson Rates

1. Check what other art teachers, music teachers and tutors are charging for their services in the same area you intend to work in. If there are no lessons being provided in your area similar to what you are going to provide, then you can judge by what other enrichment programs are charging. You do not need to let these lessons dictate your rates, but it is a good jumping-off point.

2. Determine what you need to make to be comfortable. Not only will this help you set your rates, but it will also help you see how many students you will need in order to make the income you are comfortable making.

3. What education do you have? Experience is important, but a degree is easy to prove and sometimes people are willing to pay more for someone who has a degree. Your education has value so if after you see what other teachers are charging in your area, you might be able to charge a little more if you can offer up qualifications that are greater than someone else.

4. Charge the same fee for everyone. It does not matter if it is a friend or a family member; if you are going to be creating a business, then you need to use the same rates for everyone. Otherwise word gets out that you are charging different prices for others and that would not be good for business.

5. Do not offer family discounts. It might be tempting to do, but your time is worth the same whether you teach one of their kids or multiple kids.

6. Your rates should not stay constant forever. You will need to raise your rates at some point. This may cause you to lose students, but chances are that if you are good at what you do, then people will be willing to pay the increased cost.

It is time to raise your rates if you have a full roster, you have been doing it for two years without an increased fee, and you are below the rate for teachers with the same degree and qualifications as you.

The most important thing to remember when you are setting your rates for your tutoring, art, or music instructions is to value your worth. Your time is worth something, so do not let people talk you out of your rates. If they are not interested in paying you what you have set, do not jump to conclusions that this means that you are overcharging for your services.

 

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

 

The Ukes perform Ennio Morricone’s classic, from the DVD ‘Anarchy in the Ukulele’.

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

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