Welcome to The Sum Of the Parts (Music)
The Home of Ukulele Orchestras in the Hunter Valley, NSW
We teach ukulele, but more importantly, we help you connect to a community that values music in their lives. We run ten weekly Ukestras (ukulele orchestras) for all ages in the Lower Hunter.
‘We’ are Mark and Jane, and friends and co-workers – Danielle Scott, Dianne Murray, Leigh I’Anson and Susan Gleeson. Every month there is a beginners ukulele workshop, as well as numerous Ukulele Entrée (six week) courses which teach the basics of ukulele musicianship.
We also teach children in Jukestras (Junior Ukestras) – in schools and after school. Bronwyn Sartori and Julia Rutten really give us a big helping hand with this teaching.
Our community choir (Ukestral Voices) meets each week and there is even a banjo group that meets once a month (Mark wishes that we did not mention that; but that is merely the legacy of many year’s of awful banjo jokes).
Every week of the year (except maybe Christmas) The Sum of The Parts (Music) helps between 160 and 200 adults, and 60 children to make music and to learn, together.
Why do we do this? To help people have fun together through music.
This video shows these efforts at our best. Thanks to Groovy Banana for a wonderful production.
This is community music at its best; people of all ages coming together and having a go!
ABC 1233 Storybox Interview
In August 2014 Mark was the chance recipient of the ABC1233 Storybox. This is a recording of that 13 minute interview on breakfast radio.
Mark at TEDxNewy
Have a look at this 16 minute presentation by Mark at TEDxNewy back in November 2011.
We do hope that you are playing music with others, somewhere and somewhen in your life. If you need a hand with that, grab a ukulele and come and see us.