BERKELEY HEIGHTS - Wharton Music Center (WMC) offers Pathways to Ukulele for ages 4-5 on Thursdays from 4:00-4:45 p.m. beginning September 24 at 60 Locust Avenue in Berkeley Heights. The introductory group class, led by WMC faculty member Craig Graham, is an excellent way for young children to explore the world of music while learning an instrument that is approachable for beginners, old and young alike. Tuition for Pathways to Ukulele is $250 for 15 weeks. To register for Pathways to Ukulele or to view the complete WMC course listing, go to www.whartonmusiccenter.org or call 908-790-0700 for more information.

 

Often referred to as the “Hawaiian instrument,” the ukulele has gained traction in recent years as an acoustic layer in pop music, used by recording artists including Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, who released a solo album in 2011 titled “Ukulele Songs,” Taylor Swift, and the band Train, who used the ukulele extensively in their 2009 Grammy hit “Hey, Soul Sister.” Many credit its recent rise in popularity as a teaching tool and in music to several factors, including the portability and inexpensiveness of the small instrument. With only four strings, it’s easier than other instruments for a beginner to navigate, especially the small hands of young children, and the ukulele’s light, carefree strum has become synonymous with such current ideas as eco-friendliness, sincerity, and the novelties of childlike wonder.

 

In addition to Pathways to Ukulele, WMC offers Pathways to Music and Dance classes including dance, drumming, musical theatre, piano, guitar, and violin. To find out more about Sunday classes at WMC, visit www.whartonmusiccenter.org or call 908-790-0700 for more information.

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The Wharton Music Center’s mission is to provide the highest quality performing arts education to a wide range of students in a supportive and inclusive environment, where striving for personal excellence inspires and connects those we teach to the communities we serve.

 

Wharton is New Jersey’s largest independent non-profit community performing arts center serving over 1,400 students through a range of classes and ensembles including the 14 ensembles of the New Jersey Youth Symphony which serves 500 students in grades 3 - 12. Beginning with Early Childhood music classes for infants and toddlers, WMC offers private lessons, group classes and ensembles for all ages and all abilities. We believe in the positive and unifying influence of music and the performing arts and believe that arts education should be accessible to all people regardless of their ability to pay. We teach all instruments and voice and have a robust musical theatre program.

 

The Paterson Music Project is Wharton’s El Sistema-inspired program held at the Community Charter School of Paterson and Paterson Public School 1/26. Students receive 6 hours of intensive music instruction each week with the goal of creating social change through the ambitious pursuit of musical excellence.

 

Wharton Music Center is located in Berkeley Heights, New Providence and Paterson, NJ and reaches students from 13 counties. All of WMC’s extraordinary faculty members and conductors hold degrees in their teaching specialty and have been v