Save the date of February 4th!

You Can Uke:

A Ukulele Method for Music Therapy

(5 CMTEs)

Saturday, February 4, 2017

The Ukulele has regained popularity in recent years, and it is an excellent instrument for use in Music Therapy.  Perhaps you have never played a ukulele or you have some limited skills or even more advanced skills. Integrating ukulele into clinical work is easier with some populations than others. Join us to learn simplified chords and techniques developed for a Ukulele Club with Older Adults residing in Independent Living and Long Term Care.  Adapted chord fingerings, chord substitutions, and a cueing system will be taught along with standard right and left hand ukulele techniques.  The benefits of therapeutic performance with older adults will also be discussed.  Basic Guitar Skills are required to fully benefit from this course.

BRING A UKULELE with you (a limited number will be available to borrow at the event) 

Learner Objectives:

  1. The participants will demonstrate the ability to accompany songs in at least 3 keys using standard ukulele chord fingering. (CBMT/AMTA Domains IV.A.6)
  2. The participants will demonstrate the ability to accompany songs in at least 3 keys using adapted Ukulele fingering. (II.A.5.c)
  3. The participants will demonstrate the ability to adapt and lead at least 1 song using adapted fingering and cueing techniques. (II.A.5.f)

There are no prerequisites to attend this CMTE event.  Students are welcome and encouraged to come and learn with MT-BCs.   REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR CBMT # WITH YOU.

About the presenter:

Karen Jasko, M.S., LPC, MT-BC, has worked with adults and older adults for almost 30 years in skilled nursing, independent living and rehabilitation settings.  She has taught several CMTE’s on the Ukulele, Hawaiian Guitar and DADGAD tuning at AMTA national as well as regional conferences.   She currently works for the Little Sisters of the Poor in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with Older Adults in Independent Living and Skilled Nursing.  Karen developed a ukulele method for use in Music Therapy and has directed a Ukulele Club with older adults since 2011 with Independent Living Residents who perform for nursing homes in the Pittsburgh area.

CMTE Schedule:

This will be a hands-on workshop:

9:30 – 9:40         Ukuleles will be passed out and tuned

9:40 – 10am       Lecture on how the group was formed and how this method was developed.  The benefits of therapeutic performance for older adults will be discussed.  Video Examples from the group will be shared.

10am – 10:15am Basic Instruction on playing the ukulele: Right and Left hand positioning, relationship to guitar chords, strumming techniques.

10:15 – 11am     Hands on playing – Each song will first be taught with standard chords and then adapted chords/methods will be taught.

11:00 – 11:15    15 Minute Break

11:15 – 12:15     Hands on playing – Each song will first be taught with standard chords and then adapted chords/methods will be taught.

12:15 – 2:35       Lunch & MTASC Business Meeting

2:35 – 3:35         The participants will be divided into smaller groups or pairs.  Each group will be given a and asked to develop their own adapted fingering or chord substitutions for the song. They will then lead the larger group using the adapted chord and cueing method taught.

3:35 – 3:50         15 minute break

3:50 – 4: 20        The smaller groups will each take turns leading the larger group in their chosen song.

4:20 – 4:30         Wrap up, questions

Free to MTASC members, non-members, $25 (payable at registration)

Should this CMTE be cancelled, all registered participants will be notified and any fees paid will be refunded.

During lunch we will have our MTASC business meeting.  Please plan to join us for lunch.

Lunch– Provided by CSU food service catering.  $10/person for their “deli express” including turkey, ham, roast beef, tuna salad, cheeses, breads, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, vegetarian pasta salad (roasted vegetable and rotini) and a vegetarian soup (broccoli cheddar), cookies, sweet tea, and ice water.  TO ORDER LUNCH – please indicate when you email your registration if you want lunch. Payment at arrival.  DEADLINE to order lunch is January 30 at noon as the CSU catering needs a number by that day.

You can bring lunch if you desire.

Finding the CMTE:  Charleston Southern University, 9200 University Blvd, North Charleston, SC  29406 is located just off I26.

Registration:   Email to by February 1, 2017 – Questions? Contact Carol by email or call (864) 596-9621.  Registration on site is possible but lunch

will not be available.   IF YOU REGISTER after January 30 at noon, lunch cannot be ordered. (see above)

You Can Uke: A Ukulele Method for Music Therapy is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for 5 Continuing Music Therapy Education credits. The SER-AMTA #P-024, maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT polices and criteria.