March 28-April 1, 2022

Come enjoy four nights and three days of intense fun and learning in an exceptionally beautiful place with exceptionally talented instructors:

Avery Hill, Del Rey, Heidi Swedberg, Daniel Ward, Aaron Keim, Nicole Keim and musical backup by Nova Devonie and Matt Weiner!

We had fun online in 2021, but we're really looking forward to seeing you live and in-person in 2022!

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FAQ's

Q: "Do I have to show proof of vaccination to attend?"

A: Yes.

Q: "Will we have to wear masks?"

A: If it were happening right now, yes, but we'll have to wait and see how things are going in March. Don't worry though, we'll let you know what you need to do closer to arrival time.

 

2022 Instructors

Avery Hill

Avery Hill grew up going to music festivals with her father and being dutifully schlepped to music lessons by her mother. After completing a Master's in Education and teaching a variety of subjects and all age groups, it finally dawned on her that she could make music her livelihood. Since 2013, she has been a performing singer-songwriter and ukulele teacher based in Portland, Oregon. As a teacher, Avery believes deeply in demystifying the habits and skills of musicians, and sharing the joy of making music with others. In the classroom, she considers herself part expert, part guide, and part cheerleader.

"This emerging singer-songwriter has a memorable, lilting voice and is already penning songs that could someday be classics. She is an extraordinary young talent." - Tom May, host of River City Folk

Del Rey

Del Rey started playing guitar when she was four years old. At thirteen, she was immersed in the world of folk music, via the San Diego Folk Festival. She has tried to get a whole band onto her solo instrument from the beginning. This gives her music an interesting complexity, especially when applied to the ukulele.

Rags, blues and tunes of the early 20th century are her specialty, even as she writes new music to add to the tradition.  Del Rey also has fashion sense that would make Minnie Pearl smile.

Del Rey has taught and played all over the world, and brings her distinctive finger-style approach to guitar and ukulele to her teaching DVDs on Homespun “Boogie-Woogie Guitar” ” The Music Of Memphis Minnie” , “Memphis Uke Party” and “Blue Uke. Her website is www.delreyplays.com and her albums can be found at www.hobemianrecords.com

Heidi Swedberg

Heidi Swedberg is passionate about people, which is why she loves the ukulele - the people’s instrument.   Encouraging all ages to engage and connect through music, she teaches, writes, lectures and performs for the youngest children to older adults.

She has been a performer for more than 30 years, working in music, film and television, and is known for her role as “Susan” on Seinfeld. Heidi is a contributing editor at Ukulele Magazine, where she writes about community and connectedness. She collaborates with her partner Daniel Ward on recordings and instructional books, including “Color-Along Ukulele: a Method Book for those Drawn to Play”.

Born in Hawaii, her first ukulele came from the Easter Bunny when she was 5 years old.  Her family relocated to New Mexico, the place she considers home. Currently based in Los Angeles, Heidi and Daniel have helped start uke programs internationally: in schools, hospitals, orphanages, churches and libraries. They love making new friends while performing and teaching at music festivals around the globe. sukeyjumpmusic.com

Daniel Ward

Daniel Ward is a gifted musician who has taken his 30 years experience performing world music, jazz, rock and most notably flamenco and focused it on an unlikely instrument: the ukulele. Born in the Atomic City of Los Alamos NM, he holds degrees in classical guitar and composition.  As a guitarist, he toured with Dance España, Maria Benitez, and Yjastros, Skümbaag (heavy metal vaudeville!), and went around the world with Ottmar Liebert.

Focusing on four strings has allowed Daniel to share advanced techniques with all levels of player, and he considers his life enriched by the social element of ukulele.  In the past five years he has enjoyed performing and teaching at ukulele festivals in England, Canada, Mexico, China and all across the United States. He is a contributing editor at Ukulele Magazine, where his instructional videos and lessons are a perennial favorite. His has written two books of studies for the ukulele, Arpeggio Meditationsand Melodic Meditations for Ukuleleand is working on a new series of etudes focusing on Latin techniques. “EL UKULELE”, available as a CD, stream or download, is a lively adventure in what the instrument can do. His books, recordings and soundtracks can be found at DanielWard.Net

Nova Devonie

Nova has been playing piano accordion since the age of eleven and teaching the instrument since the late 1980’s. Focusing on tunes and technique with a bit of theory thrown in, she aims for fun and ease while moving at a comfortable pace for the student. She utilizes both reading written music and playing by ear, and especially enjoys helping beginners develop good habits and intermediate players broaden their skills. Nova draws from her years of experience listening to and playing with top-notch musicians in a variety of styles.

Nova toured as a member of the cowgirl supergroup Ranch Romance in the early 1990’s and now performs regularly in several Seattle bands, including Miles & Karina, The Buckaroosters, and Rare Birds. Nova has taught at the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, California Coast Music Camp, and the Port Townsend Ukulele Festival.

Ask her about the time she was on NPR's "A Prairie Home Companion" radio show and Garrison Keillor couldn't pronounce her name.

Matt Weiner

Big tone and solid rhythm have made Matt Weiner one of the busiest bass players in the Northwest.  Inspired by the “prebop” bass players and their music, he’s slapping out a syncopated jazz feel on one tune, on another bowing a folksy melody.

Frequently performing upward of 200 shows per year, Matt can be spotted around Seattle and other places plucking, bowing and slapping his gut-strung bass with Jacob Zimmerman, Ray Skjelbred, Del Rey, Barton Carroll, Bric-a-Brac Trio, Squirrel Butter, Wayne Horvitz, Eli Rosenblatt, Casey MacGill and many others. He has also recorded and performed with The Todalo Shakers, The Hot Club of Cowtown, The Asylum Street Spankers, Butch Thompson, Becky Kilgore, Danny Barnes, Matt Munisteri, Jon-Erik Kellso, Rani Arbo and James Hill.

He was a featured musician in the 2019 production of the Christmas Revels in Cambridge, MA.  Less recently, he played the role of bass player Joe B. Mauldin in the 5th Avenue Theatre production of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story.  At The Ukeshack #1, an album of bass and ukulele duets with Del Rey, was released in 2007.

2+ decades of experience has made Matt a highly sought-after teacher. Matt has taught at the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, the Yukon Woodshed Acoustic Music Workshop, The Portland Ukulele Festival, The Menucha Ukulele Band Camp, and 4 different Centrum music camps: the Ukulele Festival, the Country Blues Festival, Voiceworks and the Red Hot Strings Workshop. He teaches bass, electric bass, tenor guitar and beginning guitar private lessons and workshops at Dusty Strings in Seattle, and at his little home in White Center.

Aaron and Nicole Keim, Artistic Directors

Aaron and Nicole live an artistic life in Hood River Oregon, making music, building musical instruments, writing books, crafting folk art and raising their son, Henry. Theirs is a deep connection to the folk traditions of the Depression era string and folk revival music. It is woven into their singing harmonies and unique ways of incorporating Ukulele, banjo and accordion into their teaching and performing.  Aaron builds beautiful instruments at Beansprout Musical Instruments and Nicole’s art is available at Marmalade Creations on Etsy.   www.quietamericanmusic.com,  www.thebeansprout.com www.etsy.com/shop/marmaladecreations

Special Pre-Camp Bonus Workshop

When you register for Ukulele Band Camp, you'll also be registered for a spot in Matt and Nova's online ukulele Lunch and Learn series this fall!

Groov-Etudes with Matt ’N’ Nova 

We can't wait for camp! Learn four short groovy etudes from the aged neophyte ukulele brains of Matt and Nova. When you're at Ukulele Band Camp in March, we will resume our familiar duties on bass and accordion, accompanying YOU as you float along on the happy world of groovy mastery and relaxation. This is just some ukulele fun to help tide us over 'til then. Groove-Etudes is for all levels of ukulele players.

4 Mondays online via Zoom

November 1, 8, 22, 29

12:00 - 1:00 pm Pacific Time

Each session will be recorded - very helpful if you want to review them later or cannot participate at lunchtime.

"Groov-Etudes" will be the grooviest lunch hour of your week!

Invite Some Friends to Groov-Etudes!

Do you know someone who might like to attend but who isn't signed up for Uke Band Camp? Send them this link: https://menucha.org/programs/lunch-learn/groov-etudes They can read all about it, and, if they like, can sign up (the cost is on a sliding scale) and then join in online.

Class Descriptions

AVERY HILL

The Songs of Carole King and Joni Mitchell – 3 Day Class

Last year marked the 50th anniversary of Joni Mitchell’s Blue and Carole King’s Tapestry. These two seminal albums in music history were recorded at the same time, in the same studio in Los Angeles. Together, they created the soundtrack for a generation and beyond. We'll look at a selection of songs from both albums that bend and expand our notions of songwriting and harmony and give us some fun riffs and rhythms to play with. Players should be comfortable playing in the major keys of C, D, G and A, and somewhat familiar with a variety of strum patterns. (Intermediate to Advanced)

Ukulele By Ear - Drop In

Drop in each day to learn a collection of songs by ear ... as in, *no music*!! Learn techniques for committing chord patterns to memory quickly and practice listening more deeply to what makes a song a song. We'll try a different theme each day - final themes TBA, but may include: Songs of the Carter Family, Freedom Riders: Songs for Civil Rights, Cowpoke Songs, Sea Shanties, and Spooky Songs (playing with minor keys!). (All Levels)

 

DEL REY

Blue Uke: Fingerpicking The Blues on the Ukulele - 3 Day Class

Many of the great 1920-30’s guitar and banjo blues tunes sit beautifully on the ukulele.  There are also African American ukesters like Lemon Nash of Louisiana and Rabbit Muse of Virginia, with distinctive styles on traditional and standard jazz material.

Using characteristic chord inversions and melody picking, we’ll learn a solo finger style arrangement for the uke. Our goal is to play syncopated melody while maintaining a 4/4 beat with the thumb. Re-entrant (high G) tuning preferred. By ear, no TAB.

Level: Be able to keep a 4/4 beat with your thumb while picking a melody with your fingers. (Intermediate to Advanced)

Ukulele Blues Party - Drop In

Jug band and blues songs orchestrated for the ukulele, with playing and singing parts for several levels of player. We’ll work on getting that old-timey sound on your uke, with the right rhythm, chord positions and where to find the melody. Plus, we’ll try and listen to each other and play together.  We’ll add parts for basic chords, strumming, picking and singing. Reentrant (high G) tuning preferred. By ear, no TAB.

Level: Be comfortable and confident with first position chords and able to keep time while changing between them. More advanced players will be accommodated as well.  (Advanced Beginner and Up)

 

HEIDI SWEDBERG

Lullabies: Soothing Songs from Around the World - 3 Day Class

Children, elders, everyone (!) can use soothing. These songs will be like a loving embrace, giving a sense of peaceful well-being to the performer as well as the audience. (All Levels)

Stage Fright: Conquering the Bear with Your Ukulele - Drop In

Find your fearlessness, learn techniques and tricks to help you ward off the “shakies”. My combination of games, masterclass format, and improvisational songs will help you free your voice and shine in the limelight. (All Levels)

DANIEL WARD

Advanced Music Making: The Art and Ritual of Practice - 3 Day Class

Using several methods and materials, we’ll focus on how to create and manage a great inner and outer space as you work on your music. By running through a daily ritual, we’ll build a way to practice that keeps working long after you’ve left Menucha. Right and left-hand work, ear work, ergonomics, and mind focus are the building blocks we’ll use as well as playing material where we can improvise in a group. Material will be layered to fit the levels of the class. (Strong Intermediate to Advanced)

Melodic Meditations - Drop In

In these drop-in sessions, we’ll learn to play a different song each day from my Melodic Meditations book. Easy to learn short songs that sound fantastic, but each have a special technique to acquire. Learning to manage chord melody and deeper music skills are the big benefits of this class, as well as having a little gem to play for others. (Intermediate to Advanced)

2022 Ukulele Band Camp Cost To Attend

Cost is per person and varies depending on number of roommates chosen. For overnight guests it includes ukulele instruction, 4 nights' lodging, and 11 meals.

Triple

$892.00

Double

$992.00

Single

 $1,092.00

SOLD OUT - email Lori if you want to be

on a list should one become available

Commuter

$705.00

Covers instruction plus lunches and dinners

Non-Participating
Spouse

$612.00

Covers 4 nights' lodging and 11 meals

What's the daily schedule?

We have not finalized the 2022 schedule, but Overall UBC Schedule1 2019 will give you an idea what the time at band camp looks like.

Skill Levels Required for Ukulele Band Camp

If you are wondering if this camp is for you, please read on. Menucha’s Ukulele Band Camp is offered for advanced-beginner, intermediate, and advanced players. The word “beginner” covers a lot of ground, and the faculty recognize that there will be a range of skills in class and usually provide different parts to accommodate the students. Most teachers expect that the students know more than a few chords and are capable of changing chords smoothly and in rhythm.

We have devised an exercise to help you evaluate what you might want to work on before camp so you get the most out of your musical experience. Try the following exercise in three different keys. Use a metronome!

At 60 beats per minute, play each chord four times (four beats per chord). Play the chords without diagrams, that is, by heart.

C – Am – F – G7 – C

It should take 20 seconds. Try it in this key as well:

G – Em – C – D7 – G

Extra Credit: F – Dm – Bb – C7 – F

If you can do this, then you will get the most out of your classroom experience! You might have difficulty making the chord sound beautiful, even though you know how to play it (B-flat anyone?). Not to worry – the teachers can help you with that.

If you need to look up any of the chords, then you know what you may want to work on before the camp starts.

 

 

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