Ukulele Jumpstart!

Did you get a ukulele for Christmas this year or have you had one sitting around and didn't know how to get started? Or have you simply wanted to learn? Come to our Ukulele Jumpstart workshop series and learn everything you need to know to begin your musical journey on the ukulele!
Over four 1-hour sessions, members of Altoona's ukulele club (The Allegheny Ukes) will teach you basic chords, strumming patterns, some simple songs, and even a little music theory!

Gracie Terzian

Ted Gioia, jazz critic and author of History of Jazz, calls Gracie Terzian “a genuine talent” and ICON Magazine says “she’s a beguiling singer and modern song stylist with an astute sense of swing.” 

Jim D'Ville

Jim D'Ville is a music educator and facilitator who is on a mission to get ukulele players off the paper and playing music by ear. He has taught his Play Ukulele By Ear workshops to thousands of players in the United States, Canada and Australia.
Jim is the author of the Play Ukulele By Ear DVD series and hosts the popular website

Rachel Manke

Rachel began playing the uke in 1999, in preparation of Y2K, when we were all supposed to become nomads following a complete technology meltdown. Well, alright, that was silly.  Still, it turned out to be a good decision. 

Stuart Fuchs

Stuart Fuchs is a performing artist, multi-instrumentalist, music educator & workshop facilitator.  He plays everything he can get his hands on, but specializes in Ukulele, Gypsy Jazz & Classical Guitar, Didjeridoo, and Percussion.

Colin Coleman

Ukulele player by heart, Photographer by trade. Energetic and down to earth, Colin Coleman is a ukulele instrumentalist from Hollidaysburg (and co-founder of the Allegheny Ukulele Kollective) who now resides near Philadelphia and has been hanging around the ukulele scene for sometime now. A KoAloha Supported Artist, Colin is finally ready to make his first marks and start his ukulele journey.

Dan "Cool Hand Uke" Scanlan

In 1961 Dan Scanlan and several of his friends learned to play guitar. Scanlan was fond of the glissandolations perpetrated by banjo players at the local pizza joint, so he also learned the ukulele, an instrument he toyed with as a child. A few years later he began writing songs for both instruments — several hundred to date. Today he is a seasoned performer who is known to give good workshop. 

Lil' Rev

Lil Rev grew up in Milwaukee, WI where he still resides today. Growing up in the shadows of American Motors Corp, Briggs N Stratton, and A.O. Smith, he was inspired by the sights and sounds of an industrial powerhouse in flux. His music is infused with a strong sense of humility for the common man.His heroes include: Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Josh White, Sonny Terry, Cicso Houston and Leadbelly.

The Quiet American

The Quiet American is husband and wife duo, Aaron and Nicole Keim.  In Hood River, OR, they live an artistic life, making music, building musical instruments, writing books, crafting folk art and raising their 4 year old son Henry.  Their connection to folk tradition is undeniable, even as they find new ways to sing old songs and unique ways to incorporate music and art into their teaching and performing.