Looking to start playing the ‘ukulele or to grow your skills as an ‘ukulele player? Self taught videos and books are great, but there are so many excellent programs available online that it’s worth taking a look to see if one fits your style and needs.
If you know of an education program that we don’t have on this site, please reach out using the ‘Contact Us’ page.
The ukulele can bring out the best in people. We’re here to help you play your part.
Hawaii Music School
Hawaii Music School desires to bring the gift of music to anyone who wants to learn. We offer the best music education with a curriculum that suits your needs.
We provide instruction in a variety of styles, tailor instruction for varying experience levels, and instruct in music theory, technique, feel and creativity.
Andrew Molina Ukulele Academy
Evolve and Enjoy Your Own Unique Ukulele Journey.
Self-learning with YouTube just doesn’t motivate you. Repetitive chord practice is boring. “Professional” lessons are expensive and quality varies.
How do you get unstuck to unlock your full potential?
Novice through professional, the Academy will help you achieve your goals!
- Jump in
- Level up
- Break away
NOTE:your your YOU
Roy Sakuma Ukulele Studios
Roy Sakuma credits the ukulele, a song and inspirational mentors with helping him turn his young life around after being kicked out of high school.
In 1964, when he heard a hit song, “Sushi”, by the master ukulele virtuoso Herb “Ohta-San” Ohta, he sought him out and became an avid student. Roy wore out the frets of his ukulele, practicing eight to 10 hours a day. At the age of 16 he set out to become the best ukulele player in the world. Learning from Ohta-San opened up a whole new world for him. Soon Ohta San asked him to teach his classes while he went on tour in Japan. Roy immediately discovered that his true calling was not in performing but in teaching. When Ohta San encouraged his young protege to venture out on his own, he didn’t follow in Ohta San’s footsteps as a performing artist. Instead, he devoted himself wholeheartedly to teaching. Roy taught for Ohta-San and Kamaka Ukulele until he opened his first teaching studios, Roy Sakuma Ukulele Studios in 1974.
Since then, he and Kathy have expanded their studios to four locations with a staff of 30 instructors, all whom are former students.
In 1970, as a City groundskeeper cleaning the bathrooms in Kapiolani Park, he dreamed of showcasing the versatility and virtuosity of the ukulele with a free concert in the park. The pursuit of his dream brought him to another friend and mentor, Moroni Medeiros at City Hall. With the help and guidance of Medeiros, Roy lined up the Hawaii International Ukulele Club and the City & County of Honolulu as sponsors for the first concert. With a lot of aloha from local musicians who began a tradition of performing free, Roy pulled together the first annual “Ukulele Festival” in 1971. Today,the Annual Ukulele Festival is by far the largest of its kind in the world, boasting crowds of thousands, and an ukulele orchestra of 800 students, mostly children and special guests from far-away places. In 2004, Roy and Kathy established a non-profit organization, Ukulele Festival Hawaii, to continue to promote and build public awareness of the ukulele as a solo instrument and to ensure that the annual ukulele festivals remain a free event.
As a record producers, Roy and Kathy have brought the beauty and versatility of the ukulele to a much wider audience. As well as featuring the ukulele, the Roy Sakuma Productions record label has become home to an eclectic collection of musical styles change.
Uketropolis with James Hill
Starting Out?60+ minutes of beginner ukulele lessons with James. Learn to strum a song, pick a melody, read music, and more. All yours for a dollar. Level: Absolute Beginner
Ready for a Boost?Go beyond beginner in 10 Online Ukulele Lessons with the magic of Chord Twins. Learn blues, jazz and Hawaiian music fast! A fun, easy way to move beyond the “beginner’s plateau” of ukulele playing. Level: Beginner / Intermediate
Master the Art of Solo UkulelePlaying melody, harmony and rhythm at the same time is the ukulele’s greatest magic trick. Learn the secrets of chord-melody from James Hill with this online ukulele course and connect with students from around the world. Level: Intermediate / Advanced
Learn Extreme UkuleleGo where no uke has gone before with this insane course. With UkuleleX, James takes you on a trip to the outer limits. Transform your uke into a drum machine and learn how a pair of chopsticks can turn the world of ukulele upside down.
Ukulele Underground was created in 2007 with the purpose of helping to grow the next generation of ukulele players throughout the world. For years, the ukulele had been labeled a toy instrument never to be taken seriously. Today, Ukulele Underground continues to challenge the world’s preconceived notions of what the ukulele is supposed to sound like and break barriers that limit the types of music the ukulele is associated with.
We do this by providing a fertile bed of resources to help the next generation of ukulele players grow. We create content that teaches the world how to play the instrument. We open minds to the true potential of the instrument through performance and innovation. We empower these students to become teachers and evangelists for the ukulele movement.
Our mission is to create millions of new ukulele players, which in turn helps millions experience the joy of music. This is the Ukulele Underground. Are you the next generation?