Bantam Studios' ukulele program gives adult students who have never touched a ukulele before an opportunity to explore the wide range of playing opportunities on the instrument.  Over the four-class curriculum, students will learn how to master a large vocabulary of chords, learn chord progressions and how to read a lead sheet, learn develop a repertoire of songs, and will have the experience of improvising and playing in an ensemble with their classmates.  

Ukulele Beginner
COurse Level 101

Ukulele Beginner is an introductory course that teaches the basic set-up fundamentals of playing the ukulele. At the end of this 8-week course students will have learned how to hold the ukulele, develop a solid, consistent tone, learn the C, F, G, A, E, A7, D7, and G7 major chords, learn to play the C Major Scale, learn chord switching, and perform Somewhere Over the Rainbow at the recital. Students will learn about famous Ukulele players with notable and unconventional careers in a short lecture at the beginning of each class.

Techniques Covered: 
C Major Scale, Fretting and Left Hand Technique, a Basic Vocabulary of First Position Chords and Common Strumming Patterns, Reading Tabs and Chord Charts, Basic Rhythmic Notation, Instrument Tuning, Instrument Care, How to play in time with a group.

Ukulele Intermediate
Course Level 102

Ukulele Intermediate is an intermediate course that takes students who have a basic setup and vocabulary of first position chords through an introduction to note reading and expanded vocabulary of chords. Over the course of 8-weeks students will learn to identify notes on the musical staff and their corresponding positions on the first string of the ukulele, learn the D, E, A, B, C-, D-, G-, B-, C7, and E7 chords, learn No Woman No Cry, and perform Crazy at the recital. This class is focused on expanding the basic technique that was built in Beginner I as it develops reading skills and expanding students chord knowledge. 

Techniques Covered:
Sight Reading and Note Recognition on First String, Note Identification on Ukulele D, E, A, B, C-, D-, G-, B-, C7, E7 Chords. 

Ukulele Advanced
Course Level 103

Ukulele Advanced focuses on combining chordal and melodic playing, developing a basic finger picking ability, improving sight reading capability and develop an ability to identify notes on the second and third strings of the ukulele. Students will learn the D and G Major scales, Root 2 and 3 Major and minor barre chords, diminished and augmented chords, learn Hallelujah and will perform I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter at the recital. This course is also designed for students who want to join Ukulele Ensemble (104 level classes) after this class. 

Techniques Covered:
Sight Reading and Not Recognition on the Second and Third Strings, Root 2 and 3 Major and Minor Barre Chords, Diminished Chords, Augmented Chords, G Scale, D Scale.

After Ukulele Advanced, students can continue onto the following 104 level classes:
Ukulele Ensemble (104+ Level)

Ukulele Ensemble
Course LEvel 104

Ukulele Ensemble focuses on developing skills for playing in an ensemble against different parts and learning arrangements of various guitar repertoire. Ukulele ensemble is designed as a two semester class and will feature two songs in rotation over the two semesters. Students will also develop advanced chord voicing, plucking techniques, and reading skills.


Ukulele + Singing Ensemble is open to students who have completed a 101 level on ukulele. This ensemble style course provides students an introduction to popular and folk songs adapted for ukulele and voice. Students will practice strumming patterns, various rhythmic and melodic stroke variation, accompanying other members in class, and gain experience singing while they accompany themselves on their instrument.

Piece Rotation:

All My Lovin' - The Beatles
You and I - Ingrid Michaelson
Tonight You Belong To Me
I Can't Help Falling In Love with You -Elvis Presley
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow - The Shirelles