Teachers and Leaders of Australian Ukulele Groups
24 people from around Australia and New Zealand attended TALAUG 2014.
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In 2012, the day before the Inaugural Newkulele Festival, The Sum of the Parts (music) hosted a gathering of ukulele teachers and leaders from across Australia. James Hill provided a little welcome video, and Maria Winder (from the New Zealand Ukulele Festival) even chipped in via Skype.
The gathering was a facilitated conversation and allowed us to exchange information and knowledge about how and what we teach. It gave us all an idea of what is happening across the nation in teaching and leading ukulele groups for adults and children. About 25 people attended with promises of ongoing contact and a 2013 TALAUG in Brisbane. Unfortunately the 2013 one didn’t really happen (although two couples did have cheap mexican and a chat!).
TALAUG 2014 – Register Now
We are now taking registrations for TALAUG 2014 which is happening the day AFTER the Newkulele Festival (featuring James Hill and numerous leading Australian ukulele musicians).
If you are a current (or aspiring, or past) leader or teacher of a ukulele group, you are welcome to come along and share with us all.
The day will be programmed and facilitated so please tell us what it is you would like to chat about, and whether you would be prepared to lead a session or topic.
Ukulele teachers and leaders seem to be a pretty anarchistic lot, and everyone knows best. This is great for personal confidence, but perhaps not so great for sustaining and expanding the current wave of community music-making that is focussed on the uke. We feel it is important to nurture our skills and to share our experiences so we can help more people find joy in music.
We have chosen Monday 27 October so as to better link in with the Newkulele Festival (24-26 October).
The registration fee for TALAUG 2014 is $44.
Newcastle NSW is Australia’s most beautiful beachside city. We think that Merewether Beach is the pick of these locations (although we are completely biased). TALAUG 2014 is being held at the Merewether Surf Life Saving Club which is right next to a variety of food outlets so people can grab some great local food during coffee and lunch break.
What will be discussed?
In 2012 we had a 6 hour agenda filled with ukulele focussed discussions about:
- Teaching methods for adults and children
- The different styles of teaching and leading in Australia and elsewhere
- The financial, community and business aspects of running a ukulele group
- Specific issues such as copyright, incorporation etc.
We imagine TALAUG 2014 will be similar, but will largely depend upon what you would like to share and hear about!
Related training events – an enormous ukulele week in Newcastle NSW
If you are a teacher / leader of ukulele then the week from 24 October until 2 November 2014 is your chance to get an enormous dose of high quality professional development.
- Saturday – Sunday 24-26 October – see some of the world’s best ukulele acts at the Newkulele Festival. HEADLINE ACT – JAMES HILL.
- Monday 27 October – TALAUG2014
- Tuesday-Wednesday 28-29 October – get Ukulele Leadership Training (ULT) from The Sum of the Parts (music)
- Thursday-Friday – surf, sightsee, relax.
- Saturday – Sunday 1-2 November – participate in the Australian James Hill Ukulele Initiative training (SOLD OUT!)
How is TALAUG different from the JHUI and the Ukulele Leadership Workshop?
The TALAUG is a good way to see what others are doing, and to hear the diversity of ukulele teaching practice. The JHUI and ULT are offering different though complementary professional development opportunities. What a week it will be!
The James Hill Ukulele Institute is teacher training from one of the world’s leading ukulele players and educators. For the first time it is being offered in Australia. SOLD OUT.
The Ukulele Leadership Training is a world first (to our knowledge), offering training in the Ukestration method of teaching as developed in Newcastle NSW by The Sum of the Parts (music).
Our thinking is that a number of people would be interested in attending the Newkulele Festival, the JHUI, the TALAUG, and the Ukulele Leadership Workshops.
Let’s meet, in the week after the Newkulele Festival. Tell us now what you are up to and what you would like to talk about.
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