Course Outline

Of all the stringed instruments, the ukulele is one of the most versatile, least expensive and easiest to learn – and it’s a lot of fun. Discover the sweet sounds of the ukulele with our fun, hands-on Ukulele Lessons! Our short course will have you strumming your ukulele strings in no time!

At your ukulele classes, your tutor will have you strumming tunes on the ukulele within the first hour! In a group of fellow enthusiasts, you will learn how to play ukulele with simple tunes as you explore the history of the ukulele, musical genres common to the ukulele and various styles of playing. As you learn ukulele there is no need to read music. By the end of the course you will be familiar with printed chord charts and have the ability to tackle songs on your own. Our ukulele lessons will teach you variety of strums and styles of ukulele playing. The emphasis is on having fun and empowering you with the knowledge on how to play ukulele and continue your learning experience by yourself.

Ideal for

Our Ukulele Lessons are for anyone who wants to learn how to play ukulele and learn more about the instrument and the modern ukulele movement. No previous musical experience needed to participate in our ukulele classes.


• Ability to play the ukulele in a variety of chords and keys
• Ability to play a few different strum styles relevant to the song style and tempo
• Ability to read song sheets written for the ukulele
• Understanding of the modern ukulele movement: i.e. artists, events, instrument availability, recorded material, film, websites and club activity
• Understanding of how the ukulele can provide fun and entertainment

What to bring

  • Pen and pencil

  • $40 to purchase a pre-tuned Ukulele from John (optional). If you already have a ukulele bring it along. John sells them at his cost and pre tunes the instruments, saving everyone time at the first lesson.

About your tutor

Our Ukulele Lessons instructor, John Chandler, studied a variety of stringed musical instruments in the 1970s including the ukulele. It has been in recent years that John has further developed his ukulele skills with intensive training from Hawaiian exponents such as Duke Tatom, Daniel Ho, Troy Fernandez and Canadian artist James Hill. John has studied at the famous Roy Sakuma School of Ukulele in Hawaii as well as with Byron Yasui, head of music at The University of Hawaii. John attended the 5th International Ukulele Convention in November 2006, the 45th Hawaiian Ukulele Festival in 2010, and is a member of the Ukulele Guild of Hawaii.

John is a performer, songwriter, committee member and organiser of SSCUM Ukulele Club and is a keen collector of a wide variety of specialised ukuleles. John has been consistently teaching ukulele since 2006 and has watched over 4000 students discover and experience the joy of playing the ukulele. John is also the exclusive Australian importer and distributor of major U.S. Ukulele

Other information

All courses need a minimum number of students to run. If your course does not have enough students it will be cancelled prior to the commencement and you will be informed. For your convenience information about class cancellations or changes are made initially via email and SMS, please ensure these details are correct.

This course has no current classes. Please to be notified of vacancies and similar courses.

  • Course testimonials
    SO MUCH FUN! I’ve wanted to learn Ukulele for ages, and I’m so glad I did. The instructor made it easy to follow & loads of fun.
  • Course testimonials
    John made the ukuleke accessible and fun, showing it's potential without overwheming complexity.
  • Course testimonials
    Anne from Leichhardt: The tutor had a great manner, made me feel comfortable