Ukulele Kat is ukulele and songwriting instruction for kids. You can find Ukulele Kat videos over on YouTube! Ukulele Kat teaches music to kids in a creative and fun way, using songwriting as a vehicle for self-expression and learning concepts on a deeper level.
Through fun music activities and games, ukulele lessons and episodes (coming soon!), Kat and Harmony Cat invite kids into a magical world of musical creativity.
Kat has been teaching music to kids (and grown ups!) for over 12 years. She and her husband (who is somehow never around when Harmony Cat is present...?) have developed their own creative music curriculum centered around songwriting. They both teach at East Mountain Studio located in the beautiful Hudson Valley in New York. Kat has a masters degree in music from the University of North Texas. She is passionate about building confidence in kids through the amazing and creative power of music.
Outside of music, Kat loves being outdoors with her family, reading, hiking with her dog Finn, and being on her stand up paddle board!
Along the way, we’ll have the help from Kat's good friend Harmony Cat. She loves writing songs, traveling the world, and writing postcards to her friends! She also loves a good nap. And pickles are her favorite. Meow meow!
Here she is at Grand Central Station in New York City, on her way to catch a train!
“I think Kat is a really great teacher because I like learning songs with her and playing with her.”
— Mae, age 7
Are you brand new to the ukulele? Ukulele Kat has a fun video series especially for beginners called Getting Started on the Ukulele! This free video series is available on YouTube and comes with an AWESOME workbook full of activities you can print out and enjoy at home.
Here's what Getting Started on
the Ukulele covers:
Video lessons, music activities
and songwriting games
Learn music concepts in a fun
and creative way
"Kat has that rare combination in teaching -- of being both very fun and very focused. She makes lessons for my 7-year-old, who is both a ukulalien and vocalist, playful with games that are also full of skill-building. Kat's teaching style is one infused with warmth, patience and attentiveness. My daughter is finding a joy in music
that will always stay with her.
— Joanne H.
Ukulele is an affordable instrument, and you can get a great beginner instrument for a very reasonable price!
The ukulele is very friendly for beginners, and is easier on the fingers than other string instruments. After learning 3-4 chords, you'll be able to play (and write!) many many songs.
Bring your ukulele anywhere and everywhere with you! It's lightweight and small enough to toss in the car or even bring as a carryon on the airplane.
It can be challenging to narrow it down to which instrument your child should "choose." Parents often insist on piano, while kids may be interested in trying out a few instruments before they settle on one. The concepts you learn on a ukulele easily translate to the piano, and I love using the piano keyboard as a visual reference when teaching music to both kids and adults.
Just one strum and you'll agree! The ukulele is so fun to play, and it can inspire your child–and perhaps your whole family– to play more music at home.