Ukulele Tuition and Performance

I  started to play ukulele in 2010 to accompany my jazz and bossa nova singing. The accidental ukulele encounter  has been a life changing experience for me. – I picked up my son’s uke from kids toy box to tune it. that was it. I couldn’t put it down… i was totally hooked and addicted to it! Uke gave me a freedom and independence as a singer who relied heavily on accompanists. I love it so much that I could not stop playing and showing people how to play uke! I often went to bed with it, fell sleep on uke while I was playing and sing, woke up start all over again and again and again…. Those days are over now and I am a lot more settled and my family are more accepting of my uke playing!

Currently I am running a weekly ukulele class at local public school; both mainstream and support unit- mostly students with autism and awesome adult group in the  local Ashfield community . I love seeing people blossom through the uke. It’s a most satisfying and moving thing to witness.

My private student numbers are growing and I have often invited to run workshops for several organizations. (I LOVE it!!!) I have some students who struggles with mobilities and memory loss. Some of the students come to me because they believe that learning instrument will help improve their health conditions such as depression, anxiety, arthritis, dementia, dyslexia. They were often recommend by their health professionals to “learn new thing” such as taking up instrument to assist in improve their health conditions. Some  said learning uke (or any instruments) has neurological benefits.  My students chosen Uke and come to me is because of the accessibility as you can imagine! Most of all, people choose to play uke is because it is a happy instrument and bring immense joy in to their life. It also boost their confidence by playing songs they have always loved, all their life, but never ever imagined to play it themselves!! It’s a magic!!!!

ukulele lessons for beginners, unborn to 180 Y.O.
Group/private lessons and workshop, holiday program, festival, markets, primary school and more.

Daily telegraph article:

ukulele solo performance by reiko azuma.(voice and uke):  collection of jazz, bossa nova, blues and gypsy and world music. Sample – listen to Jazzy Uke Vocal Solo Sample “Embraceable You” George Gershwin

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Uke/Vocal Repertoire:
Agua de beber*
All of me
All my loving
Autumn leaves
Amazing grace
April in Paris
Afro blue*
A day in the life of fool
Ain’t no sunshine
Baby win’t you come home
Blue bossa*
Blue moon
Bye Bye Blackbird
Besame Mucho
Cantaloupe Isl
Dream a little dream of me
Don’t wait till long
Easy living
Every breath take
Embraceable of you
Every time we say good bye
Fields of gold
Fly me to the moon
Gee baby, ain’t I good to you
Intil paisagem, (useless landscape)*
It have to be you
I wanna be like you
It’s all right with me
I feel good
It’s a men’s world
Isn’t she lovely
I can’t take my eyes off you
Just two of us
La vien rose*
Mas quenada*
Moon glow
Moon river
My prayer
Makin’ whoopee
My favourite things
Me, myself and I
Mustang Sally
Mack the knife
Chega de saudade /No more blues*
Nature boy*
Night and day*
On the sunny side of the street
One note samba*
So danco samba*
Summer time*
Somewhere over the rainbow
Star fell on Alabama
Time after time
Take five
These foolish things
The nearness of you
Water melon man*
When I fall in love
When you’re smiling
When you wish upon the stars
What a wonderful world
The way you look tonight
You do something to me



One thought on “ukulele

  1. Hi Reiko

    Such a joy to read your website, share your enthusiasm, love and joy for your music and teaching and check out your really cool artwork.
    Congratulations and thank you for sharing your gifts.


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