Not a member? 2020 Online PD May


At the request of members, and as a follow-on from our Online PD last month, we're delighted to announce the first in a series of online "knowledge sharing" events.

How can we best use Zoom with groups of ukulele players? What can we do to ensure that it's the richest possible experience for participants and to keep our groups and students connected while we're still unable to gather in the ways and places we did before.

This session's guest presenters are Mark Jackson and Jane Jelbart from "The Sum of the Parts" in Newcastle, whose 9 Ukestras and 2 Choirs have undergone a massive evolution. They'll share their thoughts on running engaging and sustainable online sessions, and how they have used "breakout rooms" to enhance the user experience, not just in their "Zookestras" but in online teahing such as their improvisation courses.

After their presentation we will then open to the floor for you to ask and answer questions and to share your own experiences of this new medium.

NOTE: This session will NOT cover technical aspects such as sound and recording equipment, lighting, latency issues - these were covered in our previous PD Day. The video has been archived in the member's facebook group dated April 26.


FROM MARK & JANE: Zoom Ukulele Groups - Oh The Humanity!

We've been running Zookestras in Newcastle since mid March, and have now delivered over 70 online sessions.

Behind everything we do as ukulele teachers and leaders is our sense of community, and our responsibility to maintain that through making music together. Online teaching resources such as Zoom and Facebook can serve that purpose. In the previous AUTLA session Stu and Craig introduced us to the technology, however we want to look at the human elements that we have to grapple with. What new opportunities and challenges does online teaching present? We are still curators, we still care, and most importantly, we are still able to observe and respond to our community. So how do we best use the technology to serve these purposes, and how do we adapt?

'Cause we ain't comin' out of this non-singing-in-a-room-together period any time soon.

Join us for a zoomchinwag at AUTLA.



• 11am Mark Jackson & Jane Jelbart
• 11:30am Member Knowledge Sharing



This session is completely free for AUTLA members.



The Zoom link and password will be posted on the member's facebook group approx 30 minutes prior to the session. No registration is necessary.

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This resource available to financial Members.

Video interviews have been compiled by AUTLA as a way of giving our members a glimpse of how other experienced teachers operate. It is only avilable to financial registered members.

Series 1 - "What are your top 3 tips for teaching that you believe other teachers would benefit from"

Series 2 - "What is you best tip for practising the ukulele?"

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Professional Development with AUTLA atThis year’s Professional Development Program on offer by the Australian Ukulele Teachers & Leaders Association (AUTLA) continues to be an incredible opportunity for serious professional development and networking opportunities, no matter what population you work with.

Proudly supported by the Melbourne Ukulele Festival in Northcote on 13 March 2020, AUTLA’s PD Day is ABSOLUTELY JAM PACKED with fantastic content for ukulele leaders, teachers and anyone interested in working with the ukulele in any context.
Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to be inspired and expand your horizons whilst gaining fresh teaching strategies and techniques to add to your pedagogy toolkit!

Topics for the day include:

  • Australian Copyright Laws and what that means for ukulele groups.
    This will be addressed by a representative of Onemusic, the organization in charge of Copyright Laws in Australia.
  • Going Paperless
    Presented by Brendan Canty
  • Orchestrations for ukuleles
    Presented by Steph Payne
  • What can the UBass do for you?
    Oh the Things you can Do with a Loop Pedal or Two.
    Presented by Yanai Morris
  • Management Styles for ukulele communities and groups
    TABS and efficient ways to use them in your group.
    Presented by Dan MacEoin

The full day PD workshop costs only $65 (or $40 for AUTLA members)

This is incredible value! Especially as there is already another PD Day coming up as part of The Hills Ukulele Festival in May 2020 with the same pricing.
We look forward to seeing lots of you there! 

Places are limited and booking out fast! So please book early to avoid disappointment!

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Professional Development

Professional development is open to non-members.  Members, please log in to get your member discount!

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