Quick Start Ukulele for Beginners

First Name
Irwin
Last Name
Silbernik
Course Summary

This introductory 8-week course provides students with the fundamental knowledge necessary to start playing the ukulele quickly and effectively. During eight weekly 30-minute sessions, students learn basic techniques and playing styles. At the successful completion of this course, students will be able to play a piece on their ukulele, play along with other musicians, and move onto the next level of instruction. This course is designed to fit the needs of the learner and is great for students of all ages and skill levels.

Lives In

Highland Park, IL
United States

Course Duration
8 Weeks
Number of Students per section
2
Course Level
Beginner
Instruction Language
English
Taught On
Skype
Individuals
US$42.00

per week per student

1 week =
1
class
1 class =
30
minutes

Educator Profile

Educator Profile

Instructor
First Name
Irwin
Last Name
Silbernik
Number of years of relevant experience
10 Years Experience
From: United States

Course Details

Whether learning for fun or for professional development, experienced instructor Irwin Silbernik develops lessons designed to meet the needs and goals of the individual. He can teach students how to play songs and sing along with the grandkids or to perform a musical selection in public. Along with tailored instruction, the basics of playing ukulele are covered, including how to hold the instrument, how to execute strumming techniques, play chords, play along with music, and how to tune the instrument and care for it. Students also learn basic exercises to strengthen coordination, muscle memory, and positioning. 

ABOUT THE TEACHER: Irwin Silbernik has been teaching guitar, piano, ukulele, mandolin, and music theory for decades. He has a talent for connecting with students and designing lessons to meet their diverse needs. Irwin has a true love of teaching and his compassionate and inspiring approach sets each student up for success. Irwin majored in piano and instrumental music education at both DePaul University and the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana. He played Timpani with the De Paul University Symphony Orchestra, which regularly performed in Chicago's Orchestra Hall. Irwin received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Illinois in 1974, and his Master's degree in Music Education a year later, in 1975.

 

 

The ipassio Edge

Students enrolling for this course on ipassio can be sure that they receive individual attention from the teacher, as the class strength is limited to 1 or 2 students. It also gives teachers the opportunity, to gauge their students progress in depth and make changes whenever and wherever required, to ensure the student gets the maximum out of this course. Since this course is detailed, students get the advantage of learning intricate details about this art form. The limited strength of the class also ensures that there is a strong bond between the students and their teacher clearing out any inhibitions that the student might have. The sustained guidance available from the teacher ensures that the student does not deviate from set goals or targets. Learning from a revered, experienced exponent of this art form, through the long duration of this course, keeps the student inspired and motivated to achieve more.

Course Specific Benefits

There are many benefits to playing the ukulele, which is quickly gaining popularity for its warm sound and small size. One of the easier string instruments to learn and handle, many students of all ages are able to begin playing chords within the first lesson. This small instrument is quick to learn and fun to play, as shown by exponent and teacher Irwin.

About Teacher

Irwin Silbernik - Ukulele Instructor

Irwin Silbernik - Guitar Instructor

 

Irwin has a talent for connecting with his students and tailoring lessons to meet their diverse needs.

Besides being a multi-instrumentalist, Irwin has a true love for teaching. His compassionate and inspiring approach makes each student feel special, cared for, and successful.

Irwin is a trustworthy educator with exceptional communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills. These traits enable him to cultivate strong relationships with his students.

Some of Irwin's key strengths include:

  • Student Motivation
     
  • Individualized Lesson Plans
     
  • Musicianship Skill
     
  • Performance Abilities
     
  • Comfortable with private or classroom instruction
     
  • Technology Integration

Irwin majored in piano and instrumental music education at both DePaul University and the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana. He played Timpani with the De Paul University Symphony Orchestra, which regularly performed in Chicago's Orchestra Hall (now called Chicago Symphony Center).

Irwin received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Illinois in 1974, and his Master's degree in Music Education a year later, in 1975.

While at the University of Illinois, Irwin studied piano with famed pianist Eugene List, and piano literature with Soulima Stravinsky (Igor Stravinsky's son).

While still working on his Master's degree, Irwin began teaching instrumental music as a substitute teacher in the Champaign/Urbana, IL.,  school systems.

After receiving his degrees, Irwin ran and taught the music programs for a small town in western Illinois.

After teaching in public school systems, Irwin went to work at Karnes Music Company in Des Plaines, Illinois as a guitar and piano instructor.

Irwin founded the In The Pocket Band, which performed at many Chicago are venues, including the Chicago Blues Festival in Grant Park, Buddy Guys, Kingston Mines and more.

Irwin founded the Silbernik Music Academy in Highland Park, IL, and is now utilizing his educational and performance experience to teach students of all levels.

Prerequites

Students will need a ukulele in good playing condition and a tuner (either manual or electronic). Students must be able to set aside time to practice each week during the course for the best success.

Weekly Schedule

These sections are for individual students.

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SECTION DAY & TIME Available
Section
Section A
Mon 07:00 PM - 07:30 PM America/New_York
2 Seats
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Section B
Tue 07:00 PM - 07:30 PM America/New_York
2 Seats
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Section
Section C
Wed 07:00 PM - 07:30 PM America/New_York
2 Seats
SECTION DAY & TIME Available
Section
Section D
Thu 07:00 PM - 07:30 PM America/New_York
2 Seats
SECTION DAY & TIME Available
Section
Section E
Fri 07:00 PM - 07:30 PM America/New_York
2 Seats
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Section
Section F
Sat 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM America/New_York
2 Seats
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FAQs

Question
How much time should a student enrolling for this course practice everyday?
Answer
This course will require practice time outside of lessons. Time spent practicing may vary from 15 minutes per day to an hour, depending on a student’s level of interest. Students who wish to become professional musicians will need more hours of practice per day using a different set of exercises and materials than students who are seeking to learn music as a hobby. Detailed structure of practice for each student will be discussed and explained during class.
Question
What if a student is unable to attend an upcoming class?
Answer
The student is required to inform the teacher about his absence from a particular session, two days prior to the class. In such a case, the teacher will reschedule the class and conduct the rescheduled class on or before the end (i.e. Saturday) of the ensuing week or such other time as may be mutually decided between the teacher and the student. In case the student misses to give two days prior notice about his absence to the teacher, then the decision to conduct another class for that student is completely based on teacher’s discretion.
Question
What if the teacher wishes to reschedule a class?
Answer
In case the teacher is unavailable for the scheduled class, he/she will inform the students two days prior to the class. The teacher will conduct the rescheduled class on or before the end (i.e. Saturday) of the ensuing week or such other time as may be mutually decided between the teacher and the student.
Question
How long will the teacher take to revert to a query raised after class hours?
Answer
Students should get a response within 24 hours if the teacher is not preoccupied or traveling.

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