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Teacher Certification Program
Learn more about James Hill and the JHUI Teacher Certification Program.

The purpose of the JHUI Teacher Certification Program is to raise the level of ukulele teaching worldwide and to foster an international community of ukulele teachers.

A Teacher Certificate recognizes the attainment of knowledge and performance skills as well as a pedagogical understanding of the James Hill Ukulele Method. While not a qualification per se, certification provides acknowledgement of an ability to teach music literacy through the ukulele, providing tangible evidence of achievement to employers and/or students.

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Overview

Program Structure Top ^

The James Hill Ukulele Initiative offers three levels of certification: Levels 1, 2, and 3. Each level is delivered in three phases (detailed below) and takes one year to complete.

Phase 1: Two-day Summer Institute.
Phase 2: Study/Practicum. (Self-directed with online support.)
Phase 3: Assessment and Completion.

 
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F M A M J J A S O N D
Year 1
Level 1
  Phase 1
Phase 2
Phase 3  
Year 2
Level 2
  Phase 1 Phase 2
Phase 3  
Year 3
Level 3
  Phase 1 Phase 2
Phase 3  

Note: Level 1 certification is a prerequisite for Level 2. In other words, you must be a Level 1 Certified Teacher (or currently working toward your Level 1 certificate) to be eligible for Level 2 registration. Similarly, you must be a Level 2 Certified Teacher (or currently working toward your Level 2 certificate) to be eligible for Level 3 registration.

Phase 1: Summer Institute Top ^

Phase 1 is a two-day institute during which candidates participate in workshops, seminars and mentoring sessions with James Hill and JHUI staff. A sample Level 1 schedule is shown below:

  Day 1 Day 2
8:00-8:30am Registration, meet-n-greet Networking
8:30-9:30am Introductions, site orientation Practise session
9:30-10:30am Seminar
Ukulele in the Classroom: An Approach to Music Education
JHUI 101
Workshop
Teaching Strategies and Skill Development II
JHUI 107
10:30-10:45am Break Break
10:45am-12:00pm Workshop
Teaching Strategies and Skill Development I
JHUI 102
Mentoring Session
All classes combined
JHUI 110
12:00-1:30pm Lunch Lunch
1:30-2:45pm Seminar
Ukulele in the Classroom: Planning, Pacing & Resources
JHUI 105
Workshop
Book 1: Repertoire 2
JHUI 106
2:45-3:00pm Break Break
3:00-4:00pm Workshop
Book 1: Repertoire 1
JHUI 103
Seminar / Discussion
Professional & Personal Development Portfolio: Purpose & Overview
JHUI 108
4:00-4:30pm General Session
Q & A, Day 2 orientation
Wrap Up
Q&A, jam session and farewell
Evening Dinner
Awards, jamming, social time
 


Phase 2: Study/Practicum Top ^

Phase 2 is a nine-month study/practicum. The study/practicum is self-directed with online support. During Phase 2, candidates complete the following:

Professional & Personal Development Portfolio
    - A daily practise log/checklist
    - A reflective teaching journal
Enrichment Assignments
    - Monthly enrichment assignments (a playing challenge, arranging assignment or selected reading)

Support is provided through on-demand video tutorials and a quarterly series of live, interactive Internet seminars (a.k.a. "webinars"). Each webinar includes a presentation by James Hill and a discussion of the latest enrichment assignments. Webinars are archived for later viewing. Webinar registration fees are included in course fees.

Screenshots from video tutorials:
Screenshots from webinars:


Phase 3: Assessment and Completion Top ^

Phase 3, the final phase of the year, includes:

Written Test
Submission of Professional & Personal Development Portfolio
Submission of Performance Recording
Online Portfolio Sharing Session hosted by James Hill

Phase 3 is completed entirely by proxy using the internet, email and conventional mail. Certificates are awarded and delivered by mail at the end of Phase 3.

1. Written Test

The written test is an online, open-book test completed in June of the program year.

2. Submission of Professional & Personal Development Portfolio

The Professional & Personal Development Portfolio, which includes a Personal Practice Log and a Teaching Practice Journal, should be completed by the end of May and must be submitted (i.e. postmarked) by June 15 of the program year. The Professional & Personal Development Portfolio is a requirement for certification and is evaluated on a complete / incomplete basis.

3. Submission of Performance Recording

Candidates must record (audio only, no video) one selection from each of the four skill/repertoire lists provided. Official skill/repertoire lists are sent out by email near the end of Phase 2. Here are example skill/repertoire lists for Level 1:

C6 Tuning shown (Click here to view in D6 tuning)

List A (Skills)
List B (Skills)
List C (Repertoire)
List D (Repertoire)
- C Major Scale (ascending and descending)
- F Major Scale (ascending and descending)
- Major Scale in broken thirds
- Harmonized Pentatonic scale
- Harmonized major scale
- Safari
- Rocky Mountain
- Au clair de la lune
- Auwe Ke Aloha E
- Long, Long Ago (variation)
- Safari (solo version)
- In the Bleak Midwinter (solo version)
- Acadian Lullaby (solo version)

Please note: the maximum file size for upload is 8MB. In order to make your audio file small enough, it should be in mp3 format. If you don't have an mp3 converter, you can use this website to convert it for free.

4. Online Portfolio Sharing Session

Phase 3 ends with the online Portfolio Sharing Session hosted by James Hill in July of the program year. The Portfolio Sharing Session is powered by GoToWebinar. A computer microphone and headphones are highly recommended.

Prerequisites Top ^

The prerequisites for each level are as follows (i.e. at each level you must be proficient at the following skills).

The following chart is in C6 Tuning (g, c, e, a)
Click here to view prerequisites in D6 (a, d, f#, b) tuning

 
Level 1
Level 2
Level 3
Certificate - Not Applicable - JHUI Level 1 Certificate - JHUI Level 2 Certificate
Scales - C Pentatonic
- C Major
- F Major
- C Major in thirds
- Harmonized C scale
- Chromatic
- Transposed C scale pattern
- Transposed F scale pattern
- Harmonized F scale
Note Reading - C Major melodies
- F Major melodies
- C Major melodies
- Chromatic melodies
- Minor key melodies
- Minor key harmonic progressions
Picking - C Major melodies
- F Major melodies
- C Major melodies
- Chromatic melodies
- Minor key melodies
- Minor key harmonic progressions
- Transposing C and F scales
- Flatpick
- Tremolo Flatpick
Strumming & Chords - C, F, G chords
- Single strum
- On-beat strum
- Off-beat strum
- 3/4 strumming pattern
- C7, F7, G7, B-flat, E-flat, Am, A7, Dm, D7
- Double strum: even, lilt, with accents
- Double strum w/ off-beat accent
- Off-beat upstroke
- Gm, A, B7, Bm, Cm, D, E7, Em, F#m
- Triple strum
Ear Training - C scale intervals
- Strum two-chord songs by ear
- Harmonization (I, IV, V)
- Intervals in C
- Intervals in F
- Secondary dominant 7 chords
- Harmonization in minor keys, - 3-chord songs using bar chords
Singing - Sing and strum two-chord songs
- Sing the C major scale in tune with good tone.
- Sing the strings (i.e. create harmony parts).
- Echo sing from uke or voice.
- Creating vocal harmonies
Theory - Key signatures: C Major, F Major
- Time signatures: 4/4, c, 3/4, 2/4, 6/8
- Note names on staff
- Note values: whole, half, quarter, eighth
- Reading Roman numerals I, IV, V
- Diatonic intervals (span only)
- Major & minor 3rds
- Secondary dominant 7 chords
- Key signatures: A minor, E minor, D minor
- Minor chord construction
- Relative minor chords
- Reading Roman numerals ii, iii, and vi

 

Required Materials Top ^

Materials required for the JHUI Teacher Certification Program Level 1 are:

  • Ukulele in the Classroom Book 1 Student Edition
  • Ukulele in the Classroom Book 1 Teacher Edition
  • Ukulele in the Classroom Book 1 Companion CD
  • Great Popular Songs: 20 Timeless Tunes Arranged for Ukulele
  • Access to a high-speed internet-connected computer
  • A good-quality soprano, concert, or tenor-sized ukulele

Materials required for the JHUI Teacher Certification Program Level 2 are:

  • Ukulele in the Classroom Book 2 Student Edition
  • Ukulele in the Classroom Book 2 Teacher Edition
  • Ukulele in the Classroom Book 2 Companion CD
  • Great Popular Songs: 20 Timeless Tunes Arranged for Ukulele
  • Access to a high-speed internet-connected computer
  • A good-quality soprano, concert, or tenor-sized ukulele

Materials required for the JHUI Teacher Certification Program Level 3 are:

  • Ukulele in the Classroom Book 3 Student Edition
  • Ukulele in the Classroom Book 3 Teacher Edition
  • Ukulele in the Classroom Book 3 Companion CD
  • Great Popular Songs: 20 Timeless Tunes Arranged for Ukulele
  • Access to a high-speed internet-connected computer
  • A good-quality soprano, concert, or tenor-sized ukulele
Please Note:

1. Candidates must have available all the required materials prior to the beginning of the program for which they are registered. These materials will not be available for purchase at the Summer Institute. All required materials are available for purchase through Empire Music.

2. Candidates are responsible for purchasing all required materials. Required materials are not included in registration/course fees.

 

Cost Top ^

Click here for the registration page. Early-bird registration for each level (which includes the Summer Institute PLUS the 10-month online course) is $599.00CAD plus applicable taxes (registration after May 1st is $749.00). Registration includes:

  • Phase 1:
    • Summer Institute Registration (two days)
  • Phase 2:
    • Personal and Professional Development Portfolio
    • Fall Webinar Registration
    • Winter Webinar Registration
    • Spring Webinar Registration
  • Phase 3:
    • Written Test
    • Online Portfolio Sharing Session

Fees are securely paid by credit card, PayPal, cheque or money order through the Ukulele in the Classroom online store. Click here to register.

General Policies

Age Policy Top ^

The JHUI Teacher Certification Program is primarily for adults but musically inclined teenagers may apply.  Acceptance will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Teenagers must have parental approval to participate. If you are between the ages of 13 and 19, please contact us before you register.


Refund Policy Top ^

If you cancel your registration by June 15 of the program year we will refund all money received less a $50.00 administration fee. If you cancel between June 16 and the day before your Institute begins, we will refund the amount paid less a $150.00 deposit. No refunds will be given once a program has started.

If JHUI has to cancel a course, you will receive a cancellation notice and a full refund at least 60 days prior to the start of your program.

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Deferral Policy Top ^

If, for any reason, you need to suspend your involvement in the JHUI Teacher Certification Program you may defer the completion of your certification for a maximum of one year without penalty (e.g. if you registered for the 2012/13 session you may "pick up where you left off" in the 2013/14 session without re-registering). Deferral requests must be made in writing; you will receive written acknowledgement of your request, at which time your deferral is considered in effect. You are entitled to one deferral per level of certification without penalty.

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Audio/Visual Recording Policy Top ^

You are welcome to make an audio recording (no video, please) of your Summer Institute classes. However, any audio recordings made during a Summer Institute are to be used only for personal study and may not be distributed (via Internet or otherwise) without consent. Furthermore, the James Hill Ukulele Initiative reserves the right to use a copy of any recording(s) made during class time for promotional and/or archival purposes.

Registration

Location Information Top ^

For detailed information on each of the program locations, click here.


Registrant Information Form Top ^

Once you've registered for the JHUI Certification Program, please take a moment to complete this questionnaire. Your responses will enable us to ‘fine tune' the program to your needs.


Registration Help Top ^

1. Do you have a refund policy?
Yes. You can read our refund policy here.

2. Do you offer an early-bird rate?
Yes. Early-bird registration is just $599.00 plus applicable taxes (early-bird offer expires May 1st of the program year). Regular registration (after May 1st) is $749.00.

3. Do you have a registration deadline?
Yes. Registrations will not be accepted after July 1st of the program year.

4. Is it safe to use my credit card online?
Registration is processed through the Ukulele in the Classroom online store. The Ukulele in the Classroom servers are SSL encrypted and PCI compliant. Translation: they're really secure. The Ukulele in the Classroom store processes hundreds of credit card transactions annually so you can rest assured: it's safe to use your credit card for registration.

Note: you may also choose to pay by PayPal or cheque on checkout.

5. My credit card has been declined. What can I do?
Please contact us with your name, phone number, time zone, and a good time to call. We'll call you and process your registration manually.

6. Can I pay my registration by cheque or money order?
Yes. When you get to the checkout stage of the registration process, you can choose to pay by cheque or money order. Please note: your registration will take effect only once payment is received.

7. Can I pay using an American Express card?
Yes. The Ukulele in the Classroom online store accepts Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, American Express, cheques and money orders.

8. Is the JHUI Teacher Certification Program a "learn how to play ukulele" course?
No. There are clearly defined prerequisites for each level of Teacher Certification. Please make sure you have gained proficiency with the appropriate skills before you register. Click here for a pre-Level 1 practise sheet to help you prepare for your first institute (both C6 and D6 tuning included; PDF format).

9. What if I start the program and can't finish. Do you have a deferral policy?
Yes. You can read our deferral policy here.

Other

Testimonials Top ^

Click here to read what certification candidates are saying about the JHUI Teacher Certification program.


Course Credits Top ^

JHUI is in the process of investigating course credit (i.e. through a college or university) for the Teacher Certification program. Further information about course credit will be posted on this web page as details become available.


Leadership / Employment Opportunities Top ^

Beyond Level 3, further levels of training are planned which may provide opportunities for leadership and employment.

For example, a Teacher Leader certificate program is planned for 2014/15. Teacher Leaders will be positioned to fill leadership roles at their local or regional level and, potentially, may be employed as clinicians at JHUI institutes and/or workshops.

"I’ve been teaching school music for over 20 years and I’d like to try something a little different in my program. [Ukulele in the Classroom] is so user-friendly; it works for me."

- Marianne
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"I teach mostly a computerized piano methodology in class but in a lot of my schools I’d like to spice it up a little bit. Piano is very individual whereas ukulele is very much a group activity... it’s very social."

- Jamie
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