There's a lot of music in a ukulele.
We believe that learning an instrument should be fun...not frustrating. The ukulele is an affordable and simple to learn introduction to the world of music. Students can actually hear their progress after just a class or two, which propels them to learn more. Also, learning and playing with friends makes it all the more interactive and relaxed.
Ken Jones: Chief Uker
Ukulele Kids is a family owned, Toronto-based company. Ken Jones, co-founder of Ukulele Kids, has over 30 years of expertise teaching instrumental music and theory to both children and adults. As Head of Music at Earl Haig/Claude Watson School for the Arts in North York, Ontario, Canada, Ken led many award winning ensembles at Provincial and National competitions. As well, he composed and arranged music for over 65 software titles for elementary schools produced by Discis Knowledge Research. In addition to adjudicating for many provincial music festivals, Ken is also Music Director at Kilcoo Camp for boys in Minden, Ontario. He regularly performs both with his band and as a solo pianist on concert stages at many venues across the GTA including corporate events, private functions and clubs. As an ‘edu-tainer’ Ken shows students that learning to play an instrument is a fun and creative experience leading to a life enriching love of music.
Denise Levia: Honourary Chief Uker & Ed-UKE-ator
Former Toronto and Vancouver elementary school teacher, Denise is a professional singer, artist and world traveller. Included in her various teaching credentials is an Ontario Department of Education Music Specialist certificate. Her love for the ukulele began in her childhood and she found it to be a great teaching tool for her students from kindergarten to grade 8. Well known for her vocalizing, she has conducted award winning children's choirs and performed for years with big bands and small ensembles. She brings to her lessons a joie de vivre, a broad culturally diverse repertoire, and loads of experience teaching children and adults. Denise wants everyone to experience the ease and fun of playing this user-friendly versatile little instrument along with the sheer joy of accompanying their own singing. She is a true believer that "music self played is happiness self made".