A Summer of Learning
for teachers ready to ROCK their circle times

Are you suffering from circle time burnout?

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Common symptoms include...

✔️Sweaty palms and dry mouth just at the mention of the words "circle time"

✔️ Complete lost of interest in gathering your children for circle time

✔️Completely out of ideas for circle time with no desire to search for more

✔️Your students want to be everywhere else but with you at circle time

 

If  you answered "yes" to any of the above, great news, there's a cure!

Learn to play the ukulele and change your circle times today! 

What if I told you it that it's totally possible to start LOVING circle time again

(or for the first time)?

What if circle times went from being your biggest stress, to your greatest success?

That's what will happen when you learn to play the ukulele!

During this 4-week online program, you will:

♥ Bring the joy back to circle time for kids AND YOU!

♥ Help your students come together to create a community of learners through singing.

♥ Tap into the power of music to teach concepts across the curriculum.

♥ Have children  begging for circle time to last longer!=

♥ Realize you can learn something new that takes your circle times to a whole new level.

♥ Fill your tool box up with songs that kids want to sing again and again.

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Practically everything about the ukulele makes it an ideal instrument for educators looking to bring a new skill into the classroom.  It’s small, inexpensive, portable, easy to learn and the PERFECT way for teachers to engage little voices,  little eyes, little hands, and little feet.

This 4-week Yes! Uke'N Play the Ukulele class takes the most inexperienced musician and gives them the skills to “wow” even the littlest audience.

Invest in a manageable and fun addition to your classroom, diversify your teaching skills and delight friends and family because Yes! Uke'N Play the Ukulele! 

This is the best way to build a strong beginning foundation and will lead you to play like a pro.  

We’ll help you select the right ukulele, teach you to tune the strings so your sound is on point and then teach you to play songs kids love!

Register for Yes! Uke'N Play the Ukulele and invest in yourself AND your classroom.

You’ll be saving hundreds of dollars in private lesson fees, but learning the same skill sets!

Delivered directly to your inbox over four successive weeks, Yes! Uke'N Play the Ukulele lesson plans provide an entire week for students to review the training and follow the practice plan before they receive the next lesson.

If life gets busy, don’t worry about falling behind. You have LIFETIME ACCESS to these four modules through the training platform, Teachable. As an added bonus, you can take your training and your ukulele on the road with the Teachable app! You’ll be able to access each week’s module right on your phone making your learning portable and even easier to achieve.

Week 1 will focus on beginner basic techniques. How to hold your instrument, what each part of the instrument does, tuning the strings, basic strumming and your first chord, C!

Week 2 will focus on teaching you a new chord, G, and a few simple circle time songs to put your new skills into practice. With these two chords you’ll be able to play crowd favorites like, Wheels on the Bus and Farmer in the Dell in your classroom! Watch the children react to this fun new circle time activity!

Week 3 builds your abilities by adding the F chord. With daily practice you'll be ready to take the ukulele back to the classroom and try out fan favorites like “Sticky Bubblegum” and “Matilda the Gorilla.”

Week 4 you'll learn the A minor chord which will open the door to songs you never thought possible! Move past simple circle time songs and wow your family and friends with “Let it Be,” by the Beatles and “I’m Yours,” by Jason Mraz. These are just two out of hundreds of songs that are available with your newly mastered four chord strum patterns, techniques and pick patterns.

WHAT TEACHERS ARE SAYING...

"I love your course and the way you teach! 🙂 I never thought I would be able to play an instrument. I tried to play the guitar before and I failed. I thought that I don't have talent for it and that I am too old for it right now. And you know what, now I know it is never too late! 🙂 Thank you for that! I have to admit it is not easy, it's challenging. I still struggle to move smoothly from chord C to G, but I'm slowly getting there. Every day I see progress. And I have so much fun! Thank you for spreading the joy! I really appreciate your work!"

-Magda, Preschool Teacher

"Jocelyn, thanks for helping me every time that I reached you!! I really appreciate all the songs that I have learned. I have been singing all of them to my kids in my zoom meetings. I am still learning how to switch chords, but all the songs that I know now is amazing and thank you so much for that."

-Yvette, Preschool Teacher

"This class was well-paced and complete so you could work on it now or later and always have a few songs to play and sing."

-David, Retired Judge

"Take it from someone who is not musical. has never played an instrument (well there was that month with a guitar)- this is something that you can pick up really quickly and feel satisfied doing. Now I need singing lessons!"

-Linda, Preschool Teacher

It's so wonderful! Jocelyn is such a great teacher. Even with just recorded videos, you really feel like it's a live feed and she's really talking to you. You start off really basic with one easy chord and strum. Then each week adds on a new challenge. After just one week, you can already make music and have some songs to play for the kiddos!

-Misty, Preschool Teacher, Seattle, WA

It's time to let go of those limiting beliefs that have been keeping you from picking up an instrument.

You know what I'm talking about...

  • Excuse #1 My hands are too big or my hands are too small Did you know the Ukulele comes in four different sizes to fit fingers and hands of all sizes? Learning to play the ukulele is the same whether you are using a soprano, concert, tenor or bass ukulele. Check out our sizing and selection guide to help you choose the perfect ukulele.
  • Excuse #2 I’m too old to learn to play an instrument You are NEVER too old to learn to play an instrument.  Don’t believe us?  Ask a music teacher. Music teachers are eager to teach adult students who are motivated and excited to realize a dream. Or, go ask a neuroscientist who will say DO IT. There is a whole lot of science backing their push for you to play, but the end result is the same. Learning to play an instrument as an adult is a GREAT way to keep your mind sharp and active.
  • Excuse #3 I have no musical talent Stop right there. Natural talent may make it easier for someone to learn to play the ukulele, but there are really only two things you need to succeed. The first is patience and the second is practice. If you are willing to put in the time and effort you will learn to play even if you’ve failed in the past.
  • Excuse #4 I’m way too busy...maybe someday in the future It’s true. Our lives are full of commitments and activities that prevent us from doing everything we want to do. But, you’re here because you feel that desire to pick up a ukelele and hear the sweet sounds coming from your hard work. Yes! Uke'N Play the Ukulele is a great option for someone leading a busy life. To learn the basics, you just need to make time for one 30 minute lesson each week for 4 weeks as well as 20 minutes per day of practice time.

IT'S TIME TO TOSS THE EXCUSES ASIDE. 

Yes! Uke'N Play the Ukulele!

FAQs

When it comes to taking a course like this, there are lots of questions. If you don't see your question answered below, simply send us your question and we will get back to you ASAP!

What will I need to take the course?

One of the most important things you'll need is a ukulele. Don't have one? No problem. Check out my blog post, 5 Ukuleles That Won't Break the Bank.

Next, you'll need internet access. You can either use a computer or your phone. The platform that I use to teach the class is called Teachable and the have an app with the same name. It's awesome!

Lastly, you'll need motivation to complete the course. Make sure you are super jazzed about learning the ukulele because the only way this will be a success is if you put in the time. You've got this!

When does the class start?

The exact start date depends on what session you join. Classes are set up to start on a Friday and go for 4 weeks. Each Friday at 9:00 a.m. pacific time you will receive access that week's class. This will continue each Friday for 4 weeks.

How long do I have access to the course?

How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you will have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like across any and all devices you own.

What if I am unhappy with the course? We would never want you to be unhappy! If once you have taken the course and can show that you have attempted to practice as we have advised, yet you are still not satisfied, please contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

How do I know if this course is right for me? This course is designed for people who work with young children and want to play the ukulele with them. We will be teaching you kid-friendly songs. But, if you simply want to learn to play the ukulele and go on to play non-kid songs, this course will still be great for you because we are teaching the basics.

Can I get credit for this course?

If you are a Washington State early childhood educator wanting STARS hours, this course counts! You will need to complete the assignment at the end of the course which will prove you did in fact take the course. Then 2 STARS hours will be added to your record.

BONUS #1: FREE songbook of 20 traditional circle time songs. Every song utilizes a combination of the four chords you’ll learn to play in Yes! Uke'N Play the Ukulele. Take it to your classroom, play for students, family and friends to show off your new skills.

BONUS #2: One 30 minute group coaching call with Jocelyn! This is a great time to ask me anything you want to improve your ukulele playing.

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Jocelyn Manzanarez

Jocelyn Manzanarez, MMEd.

Whether you are a parent, teacher or both, you most likely know the value music brings to the lives of young children.

I'm Jocelyn Manzanarez and I am on a passionate mission to help teachers AND parents bring more music into the lives of children.

Beginning at birth, music is ever present and it's for a good reason! Research shows musical experiences in childhood can actually accelerate brain development, particularly in the areas of language acquisition and reading skills.

Nothing is more fun to me than helping teachers (and parents and grandparents!) who join my coursing thinking they will never, ever be able to play an instrument. But in just 4-weeks, they make it happen! It opens up a whole new world they never thought possible. 

Yep, you too can tap into the joy that learning to play the ukulele will bring you and I can't wait to be your teacher.

Questions? Just send me an email at jocelyn@musicallyminded.net

-Jocelyn