KLM Group Ukulele Lessons & Instruments

Have you ever wanted to learn to play the Ukulele? Dreading the freezing cold outside here in Calgary? Imagine yourself strumming along on a Hawaiian beach with the sounds of the waves crashing into shore…you may not be able to make it to Hawaii anytime soon but you can still learn to play the wonderful sounds of the Ukulele. Who knows maybe you will make it to Hawaii one day and be able to play your Ukulele on the beach! We do offer Group Ukulele Lessons…so read on to learn more.

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KLM Music Group Ukulele Lessons

Here at KLM Music, we offer Group lessons where people of all ages can learn to play the Ukulele. It takes some work but is a relatively easy instrument to learn. Fewer strings than a guitar and obviously a lot smaller! And affordable too! A lot of our students really enjoy the group aspect of our ukulele lessons, you will get to meet others who want to learn and maybe you will even find a partner to jam with. Nothing better than bonding over music!

We offer 8 week programs to teach you all the basics you need. After going through our ukulele course, you will be able to play several songs, be familiar with different strumming patterns and know enough chords to learn many, many more or your favourite tunes! Imagine singing and strumming with your new friends, we promise it will make you smile.

The ukulele is a great instrument choice for everyone from children to seniors. It is accessible and affordable, and sure to be fun! take lessons privately or in a group setting – strum along in a class with our light-hearted and easy going instructors. You’ll be ready to jam wherever you go!

Learn to play ukulele in our Calgary studios in our NW or SE locations. We offer expert ukulele lessons for beginners or those looking to refine their ukulele skills. The best way to learn ukulele is to start group classes with KLM Music!

KLM Music School also sells Ukuleles!

Set on playing the Ukulele already? We also sell the instruments at our Glenmore trail location! We have a wide selection of ukulele’s. Not sure what to buy? Talk to one of our team members and let us guide you through the process of getting the right instrument in a colour you will love. Ukulele’s start from about fifty dollars, and expect to pay about $65.00 for a reasonable quality instrument like this:

SPECIAL PROMOTION FOR JANUARY

KLM will offer you a 20% discount on the purchase of a ukulele when you sign up for an 8 week course.

Thanks for reading our post about Group Ukulele Lessons and instruments! If you want to try out any of our instruments feel free to stop by our SE location anytime or call us at (403)210-3339.

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The Importance of a Qualified Music Teacher

KLM Qualified Music Teachers

So you have decided to learn how to play a musical instrument. What now? Maybe you are not sure what to do next, maybe you have been doing it for a while and are stuck doing the same thing over and over? Maybe there are things you don’t understand, or you feel like you have reached your maximum growth?

Here is my best advice for you: Get a qualified music teacher. Learning an instrument is not an easy task; doing it without any help is a fool’s errand. There are so many reasons to work with a music instructor and the benefits far outweigh the costs, both in time and money.

Regular lessons will force you to be accountable, which will make you practice more, which means you will improve faster. When you see improvements, you will be encouraged to keep going and the entire process will snowball into a positive experience.

A great teacher will motivate you

Having a qualified teacher overseeing you, teaching you proper practice habits, exposing you to different genres of music, or giving you tips and tricks will save much time and frustration. And you will come out of it having learned the correct information.

A qualified music instructor will bring structure to your learning, introduce and explain concepts in a logical order, catch your mistakes and help you work through challenges. You will be able to navigate the ups and downs of learning an instrument a lot more easily under the guidance of someone who has most likely encountered the same challenges and found ways to work through them.

Fill in the gaps in your knowledge

One common thing we encounter when interviewing potential teachers are candidates who come in wanting to teach and have many gaps in their knowledge and training. Most of the time this happens when they are “self-taught”. When interviewing potential instructors who have had proper training, there is always a clear difference in the quality of musicianship and knowledge they possess. A crucial part of our job when hiring instructors for our music school is to ensure that candidates are properly vetted and that teachers who ultimately end up working with our students are qualified.

The right teacher will prove to be a positive influence for you or your children, and chances are you will never forget the impact great teachers have had in your life.

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The Importance of Playing Music

Why Music is so Important

Have you ever looked at someone performing a piece of music and thought “I wish I could do that”? Or have you ever been moved by a recording or a live performance? Watched a movie and been scared, tense, happy, or sad? These are a just a few of the things music can do. It has the power to move you, inspire you, remind you of a place or time, or augment any emotion. Whatever you feel, you can feel it stronger with music. And no matter your background or where you come from, chances are music plays a part in your daily life.

How Can You Develop Music as a Talent?

While a musician might make a performance seem effortless and easy, the reality is that it takes time to develop a talent. Even the most accomplished musician started out as a beginner and got better through practice, discipline and perseverance. While there is a process to master a musical instrument, the rewards are limitless.

Music is creative. Music is emotional. It is an art and a science. It can be done as a solo activity or with a group of people. It is both social and intimate. Music can be an outlet to express emotions, fuel creativity and develop multiple skill sets, often at the same time. Muscle groups, feet, eyes, and ears will all need to work in perfect harmony for a performance to come together.

The best part about music is that anyone can do it.

The beauty of playing an instrument is that it can be done at any age and at any level. You can enjoy the sounds and see progress even at the beginning stages, and the more time you spend on it, the better you will become. Music can be a hobby, a career or anything in between. It is an activity that is fun and rewarding and will bring you pride and confidence.

Learning to play an instrument takes time and effort

Working it into your routine will help you develop good habits and discipline. Working through challenges successfully will build character. Performing, in front of an audience or at home by yourself, will bring you joy.

There is no question that learning a musical instrument can play an extremely important role in a child’s development. As a parent, it is important to create opportunities for your children, to be supportive and to understand that there will be ups and downs throughout the process.

Music can be learned at any age!

Finally, a common story that is often told goes like this: “When I was young, I wish my parents wouldn’t have let me quit my lessons. I regret it now”. If that statement touches a nerve, just remember that it is never too late to learn how to play music. That it is not only for children, it is also beneficial for adults. And that many adults, some older than you, do it each and every day. No matter at what stage of life, there are immeasurable and tangible benefits to playing an instrument. So go ahead and try it, you may surprise yourself!

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KLM Backline Festivals – August Long Weekend in Calgary

Calgary International Blues Festival

The Calgary International Blues Festival is celebrating its 13th year! It has been running all week from July 31st to August 6th.  We are proud to be supplying backline gear to the Blues Fest stages.  Check the schedule to see headliners such as Big Bill Morganfield, Bob Hall, Lil’ Jimmy Reed, Paul DeLauriers, Ghost Town Blues, and so many other amazing artists.  Pack a day bag and head to Shaw Millennium Park for a festivals weekend full of the grooviest blues workshops, concerts, and special events.

KLM Music at One Love Festival

One Love Festival is Calgary’s biggest day for hip hop and R&B fans on August 4th.  Keep an eye out for KLM backline on site. We are proud to be supporting this year’s talented artist line-up. One Love Fest is partnering with Chasing Summer this year at the Max Bell Festival Grounds. Start your weekend with One Love Festival, and head over to Chasing Summer to keep the party going the whole long weekend!

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KLM Music at Calgary Folk Festival 2017

Calgary Folk Music Fest starts today!

There are so many amazing musicians, artists, and venues that come together to create the BEST weekend on Prince’s Island Park. We have been anxiously counting down 365 days since we had to say goodbye to Calgary Folk Fest 2016.  We cannot be more excited to welcome Calgary Folk Fest 2017 starting tonight, July 27th, that will be continuing throughout the weekend. We are proud to be the official backline supplier of the Calgary Folk Music Festival. Our team and gear will be across all seven of the park stages, I’m sure you’ll catch a glimpse.  

We will be on the grounds of the park every day supporting CFMF’s amazing artists. I am most excited to see Coeur de pirate, Basis Bulat, Michael Kiwanauka, City and Colour, Holy F*ck, Langhorne Slim, Barenaked Ladies, Blue Rodeo, just to name a few. There is such a wide variety of talent for everyone! You may even discover your next favourite artist.

 

Calgary Folk Festival Fun For Everyone!

Did you know that Calgary Folk Festival is a family friendly event? Everyone under the age of 12 gets free entry. To keep the little ones busy during sets, be sure to stop by the Family Zone for games and crafts. There are a wide variety of local food trucks and grub in the center of the island to keep you, and your little ones happy and full of energy. For the Elder Folkers (18+), pay a visit Calgary’s own Big Rock Beer Garden to try a limited edition CFMF brew.  Or check out the amazing work by local artisans at the Artisan Market on the north side of the island.  

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Happy Stampede Backline from KLM Music – Yeehaw!

Yes, it is that time of year when Calgary transforms into a fun-filled, cowboy themed city, and where we can show our great Calgarian hospitality. Hopefully, you will put on your cowboy boots and hats and shout out a big YEEHAW as you enjoy the many activities and events going on in the city.

KLM Music at the Calgary Stampede

Not only is this a great time to be here, but it is an A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. time to take in some great live music in venues all over the city. We are proud to be the official backline supplier to the Calgary Stampede and if you do attend a live event over the next 10 days, there is a very good chance that you will see our gear on stage. We thought we would share some of that with you!

Stampede Backline at the Coke Stage

We will be on the grounds at the Coke stage every day of Stampede and here are some of the acts you will be able to see playing our gear: Ria May, USS, Theory of a Deadman, Alex Aiono, Sabrina Carpenter, Alex Veliz, Nelly Furtado, Mariannas Trench, The Elwins, The Strumbrellas, Jonathan Roy, Alessia Cara, Ben Harper, The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer, The Sadies, Whitehorse, Faith Healers and July Talk.

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The Philosophy and Mission of KLM Music

Thinking of signing up for music lessons with KLM Music? We may be a little bias but we really do believe that you will never regret it! Our philosophy and mission is simple, we will:

Do our absolute best to provide our students with the skills they need to enjoy music for a lifetime. To treat our clients, staff and instructors respectfully and ethically. To create an atmosphere that is inclusive and fosters positive relationships.

KLM Music Philosophy and Mission

KLM Music was founded in 1997 with the goal of offering high-quality music lessons to Calgarians. Our goal is to provide the skills and confidence for students of all ages to reach their musical potential. We have worked with students as young as 5 and as old as 75.

Playing a musical instrument has brought us so much joy and that’s why we want to bring it into others lives. There are many benefits to music education and we believe it will improve your daily life. Simply listening to music can uplift our spirits and make us feel better! That’s part of the reason we believe that playing a musical instrument and getting better at it will improve your quality of life.

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PRIORITY REGISTRATION IS HAPPENING!

Wanna be sure to keep your time slot next year? It is time to re-enroll for the fall. Help us get schedules organized and book your preferred time now. Priority Registration is happening for our current students. After June 12th, we will make all spots available to new students. Register now! for the best options.
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Thoughts from Kyla Coming Soon!

Our new segment, the aptly-titled, “Thoughts from Kyla”, the random musings from the mind of KLM’s very own Kyla will be available soon! You can catch her updates right here on our website, or through your favourite social media outlet. KLM is on Facebook, Twitter and Google+! We are looking forward to rolling out this new feature and it is our sincere hope that you get some real enjoyment out of it!