Our Ed-UKE-ators

We believe that learning an instrument should be fun...not frustrating. The ukulele is an affordable and simple to learn introduction to the world of music. Students can actually hear their progress after just a class or two, which propels them to learn more. Also, learning and playing with friends makes it all the more interactive and relaxed. We are always looking for Ed-UKE-ators to join our team. If you think this would be something you would be interested in, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

SuzanneBrownSuzanne Brown: 

Ed-UKE-ator
Hamilton/Wentworth, Ontario

Suzanne has been entertaining and teaching young audiences across the United States and Canada for over 35 years and trained some of Canada’s top talent. Dedicated to sharing the joy of music to children of all ages; Halton region Chordinator for Ukulele Kids is a natural fit.

  


Joseph Chung:

Ed-UKE-ator 
Burnaby, Vancouver and New Westminster. BC

Joseph started his music education on the piano at a young age. He graduated from the University of British Columbia school of music studying piano and composition. Joseph has taught piano and theory to children for many years and continues to compose music. While working at a music store in 2010, he discovered the ukulele by chance when customers started to ask him for certain ukuleles. Since then, he has fallen in love with the ukulele and has been working with Ukulele kids since 2011.


Neal Farquharson:

Ed-UKE-ator 
Scarborough, Ontario

Neal taught 33 years in elementary and high schools in the Toronto area. He has a Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto. He has performed widely with Symphonies, Jazz bands, Rock bands, and as a solo performer. Teaching, both privately, and in a school setting has been an endlessly enjoyable career for him and he looks forward to meeting ukulele enthusiasts of all ages through Ukulele Kids. 


Sean Farquharson:

Ed-UKE-ator 
Scarborough, Ontario
Sean is a fourth year English and Music student at the University of Toronto. He is a guitarist, ukulele player, singer, and songwriter, who is passionate about anything that involves music. Sean has been with ukulele Kids for 2 years, helping students get acquainted with, and teaching them the fundamentals of learning an instrument.


  

Sheldon Friesen:

Ed-UKE-ator 
Langley, British Columbia

Sheldon has taught music for over thirty years to people of all ages. He is formally trained with the Toronto Royal Conservatory of Music. He plays accordion, bass, guitar, banjo and ukulele. Sheldon's students range from 2 years old to 82 years. The largest age group is the children. His engaging style, energy and humour make him a hit among the kids. Sheldon's experience has made him an on demand teacher for many groups and schools bringing him about 300 students a week through his various classes and private lessons in the lower mainland of BC. Besides, teaching, Sheldon is a local performer and session player and for hire musician bringing him before audiences throughout BC and beyond.


Jeffrey Popiel:
Ed-UKE-ator 
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan 
Jeffrey is passionate about composing and recording music, and knows many instruments as he collects them for this very use. He has been writing music and songs since 2007, and is presently performing in two of his very own projects, both involving a few ukulele tunes alongside others. Jeffrey appreciates the jazzier side of the instrument by exploring the ukulele’s simple, unusual tuning. With aspirations to teach more musical students this year, Jeffrey is excited to be joining Ukulele Kids in 2014.


Austin Jones:
Ed-UKE-ator
Toronto, Ontario 

Austin is presently studying Jazz Music at the University of Toronto. He is a very talented musician with trumpet as his major instrument. Austin loves working with kids and spent his last few summers working at Kilcoo Camp for boys.

  

 

Ken Jones: 
Ed-UKE-ator 
Ken Jones, co-founder of Ukulele Kids, has over 30 years of expertise teaching instrumental music and theory to both children and adults. As Head of Music at Earl Haig/Claude Watson School for the Arts in North York, Ontario, Canada, Ken led many award winning ensembles at Provincial and National competitions. As well, he composed and arranged music for over 65 software titles for elementary schools produced by Discis Knowledge Research. In addition to adjudicating for many provincial music festivals, Ken is also Music Director at Kilcoo Camp for boys in Minden, Ontario. He regularly performs both with his band and as a solo pianist on concert stages at many venues across the GTA including corporate events, private functions and clubs. As an ‘edu-tainer’ Ken shows students that learning to play an instrument is a fun and creative experience leading to a life enriching love of music.


  

Adam Logan: 
Ed-UKE-ator 
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Adam Logan has been teaching music to students of all ages, temperaments, and abilities for roughly the last 6 years. He has developed a wide range of abilities and skills when it comes to music instruction including teaching students of low functioning disabilities and coaching creativity among novice peer musicians. After taking just three basic chords and a little finger picking technique taught to him by his mother, Adam went from being a 12 year old aspiring musician to a 29 year old multi instrumentalist and music instructor. ​
Adam is excited to be joining Ukulele Kids Saskatoon as an Ed-UKE-ator to inspire kids of all ages to play ukulele and share the joy of playing music.


Anna Nissen:
Ed-UKE-ator 
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Playing, listening, and dancing to music - Anna loves it all! Her musical adventure began at age two when her parents enrolled her in an early childhood music program. Over the years, she has enjoyed many musical genres through piano, double bass, electric bass, singing and ukulele. Anna believes that the most important aspect of music is to have fun, and what better instrument than the ukulele? She's really excited to be a part of Ukulele Kids and can't wait for the learning, laughter, and smiles that are sure to ensue!


  

Dithaya Laohaviraphab:
Ed-UKE-ator
Toronto, Ontario

Throughout her life, Dithaya has always been passionate about music and teaching. She believes that the best way for young children to learn is if they have fun while learning as well, and music is a fantastic way to bring joy in a classroom and life in general. Dithaya is originally from Thailand, but has been living in Canada since she was 12. She has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education from University of Guelph, and is pursuing a Master of Education from University of Toronto. As an educator, Dithaya has seen the positive impact that music has on young children, and looks forward to being part of the Ukulele Kids family and sharing the great things about music with young children.


April Lavine:

Ed-UKE-ator 
Nelson, BC

April is an outgoing and enthusiastic music teacher, striving to create student-centered classrooms where students can practice compassion, feel empowered and learn in an environment that supports individual strengths and weaknesses. She encourages students to reach their potential and to create a community where respect and communication are highly valued. She has worked with Ukulele Kids for several years and loves being part of the team!



Spencer Levon: 
Ed-UKE-ator 
Toronto, Ontario
Spencer is a multi-instrumentalist musician as well as a professional musical performer and educator from the Toronto area. As a graduate of the Seneca Independent Music Production Program, Spencer has spent the majority of his time sharing his love of music with children of all ages, and performing and touring with his many musical projects. He has recently independently released 2 albums and traveled across the continent sharing his message of love and musical enjoyment. 


Ukulele Big Kids

Adults love the ukulele as much as the kids. We have many adult programs such as seniors residences, corporate team building, corporate lunch time programs, adult sing-a-longs, teacher training etc. Learn More...

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