Edmonton, Alberta, Canada





Sessions for teachers

are offered in different iterations...

One or Two Hour Sessions, suitable for

  • Professional Learning Day
  • Catchment Session
  • University Class 
  • Conference 
  • Convention

One Day Course

  • Condensed Eight Hour Course, it's a lot to take in on one day, but do-able

Eight Hour Course, suitable for 

  • Weekend long (over 2 days) professional learning
  • Private course, often presented over four weeks​ - Mrs. Dear's Ukulele Course for Music Teachers, eight hours of instruction for teachers so they can be armed, dangerous, organized and inspired do a darn fine job of teaching ukulele to their students. 
  • Course Descriptor - The ukulele is once again, an integral part of a music educators' arsenal. How to teach it well, is a skill to be learned. This 8 hour course introduces sound pedagogy and a sequential series of lessons for teachers that will enable them to embark on the journey of teaching ukulele to classes of music. Educators will leave with a comprehensive, practical plan to tackle what might seem daunting and unfamiliar. The program presented is based on Monica's 30+ years in the elementary music room. It results in strong student outcomes and satisfaction for both teacher and learner. 

Build to Suit ​

You should know this is one of my very best things...
I cannot change the oil in your car, perform a root canal, or frankly,

tell the difference between a Megabyte and a kilowatt…
I can, however, teach music teachers how to teach ukulele. See the Inspired section.

I have enjoyed teaching ukulele to my students ever since the last century, even when it wasn’t cool. 

I generally begin teaching ukulele to grade 4 students, by then they are chomping at the bit to learn.

It is incredibly satisfying to see them bloom as musicians. So many concepts come alive for them through playing the ukulele.

I love seeing teachers become brave enough to teach ukulele to their own students, with good pedagogy,
technique, skills and a wide variety of repertoire. I share concepts, resources and strategies that I have developed over the years, incorporating new and current materials, from the best(worst) that YouTube has to offer to the excellent resources developed by the acclaimed James Hill.

I am a Level III James Hill Ukulele Initiative Certified teacher. (Woohoo! I worked hard for that!)

Level I Certified Teacher               Level II Certified Teacher               Level III Certified Teacher                                              


JHUI Teacher Directory map link here:   https://www.theukuleleway.com/more-guest/teacher-directory
           This interactive map shows the location of JHUI Certified Teachers around the world.​

kind words from some of my teacher students

Monica Dear is the best! She breaks down the uke-playing challenge into bite sized pieces so that everyone can become a musician-and quickly. As a music specialist in the Okanagan Valley, Kelowna public school teacher and adjunct prof at UBCO, I use her materials and have not only become better at the uke myself, but have seen so many (aged 8-88) become better too. The Ukulele Princess is a Canadian treasure! 
                                                                                                                             Rhonda Draper, Kelowna, B.C.

I just completed a really enjoyable ukulele class with Monica Dear.  It was spread out over 4 Monday nights           (2hrs/night) and I feel confident and ready to teach ukulele to my students. When this course is offered again, 
I would strongly suggest taking it. It was fantastic!   
                                                                                                    Regan MacGregor, Edmonton Catholic Schools

Just finished a most fantastic four day ukulele tutorial with Monica Dear!  Absolutely great Monica! 
I recommend anyone looking to enhance their ukulele teaching skills should most definitely take a course with her. 

Thanks again Monica for all your expertise!!                  
                                                                                                Donna Mae Mohrmann, Edmonton Public Schools

I attended a Ukulele session with Monica Dear and thoroughly enjoyed my time. Four music teachers from EPSB met four times after school and Monica taught us the basics of playing and teaching Ukulele to students. Monica provided us with a very useful, easy to follow package of notes that I will use to help guide my teaching. As someone new to Ukulele I appreciated learning in a small group where Monica could tailor the session to our skill level and needs. It is very evident that Monica loves teaching Ukulele and I would recommend her session to anyone that wants to learn to play Ukulele.
                                                                                                                 Beth Brooks, Edmonton Public Schools

I did the ukulele 4 session series with Monica back in November and it was so helpful to get me started in teaching ukulele in the classroom. I received a lot of one on one help with there being only 4 of us learning. She has so many years of experience and I really benefited from her expertise, including all those small tips and bits of advice to help with the whole process! I would highly recommend taking these sessions from Monica to really get you prepared and feeling confident to teach ukulele.
                                                                                                         Vivianne Kruhlak, Edmonton Public Schools

Monica gave an excellent, engaging workshop on using ukuleles in the classroom. She is one of the most experienced and skilled music teachers in our district and the PD was the most meaningful I have had at a catchment PD.
                                                                                                             Kathy Turnock, Edmonton Public Schools

For our catchment area P.D. day, we had Monica Dear leading a ukulele session. It was absolutely wonderful! 
Even though I have played ukulele for years, I learned so much about technique. I was also impressed with Monica’s teaching technique and her positive approach with everyone no matter what level they were at.

I am looking forward to more sessions with her!
                                                                                                             Brenda Bracke, Edmonton Public Schools

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