Course Duration8 Weeks
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.
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.
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.
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:
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 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.
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.