We love teaching workshops! Sharing our love of music – and especially the ukulele – has led us all over the US to give workshops at festivals, ukulele groups, schools, arts communities, and in music stores. Listed below are our most popular workshops, and we can tailor any of these to fit your group and student level. We’re constantly working on developing new workshops and new methods to share knowledge and encourage players, so if you have something specific in mind that you don’t see here – let’s talk!
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"Erin McGrane, I learned SO much at your workshops. You and Jeff are great teachers. I've been practicing since I got home and I swear that I'm becoming a better player by the minute! It was just the right amount of learning at the right time. Love your CDs, too, BTW!" -Judy Cox
"Erin McGrane- It was so fun to meet you and Jeff!! You are excellent teachers and made everyone feel so comfortable! Had a thoroughly great experience! We would love to see you here in Southern Oregon! Looking forward to catching up with you at another festival! Ditto what Judy said, Love the CDs!!" -Marianne Heater
"These guys are a must for any music-lover, to get even more excited about playing and catching the rhythmic fever of the UKE! Can't wait for their workshop!!" -Mary Franssen
"You are all so amazing! Thank you for sharing your incredible music and kindness. Fantastic class. Right at the perfect time!" -Shari Ballard-Krishnan
"Every time I see a picture of you two I feel some rhythm coming on. I'd like to believe it flowed straight from you to the rhythm center in my brain. Still working on my brain passing it to my wrist & hands." -Linda Gamnes
"I have to say your workshop yesterday in Durango was one of the best I've ever attended. I didn't want it to end. Erin and Jeff have not only mastered their skills as musicians and performers; they also generously give away tips and techniques to help ukulele players of all skill levels settle into the groove of magic making and fun! Thank you for helping my confidence soar and the love you freely give teaching others. Durango will roll out the red carpet whenever you return which we hope is soon." -Lille Diane
"Thank you for coming to Durango! Not only are you skilled musicians but your energy and enthusiasm for the music and each other was other worldly! So impressive!" -Andrea Zeiner
"You changed my perspective on watching performances! Lots of good hints and things to take care of before launching into the music!" -Mark Swarthout
Ukulele As A Rhythm Instrument
Want to play more confidently and musically? Erin McGrane and Jeff Freling of Victor & Penny show you the difference between just strumming along and driving the rhythm. Learn simple but effective strumming techniques and delve into the styles of swing, hot jazz and gypsy jazz. Rock steady rhythm is the backbone of every good song so jump on the train!
Performance Skills Workshops (Level I & Level II)
Learn valuable tools on how to present your songs confidently in a live performance. Together, we’ll practice how to connect with the audience, manage stage fright, and focus on singing, playing and remembering your lyrics all at the same time (gah!). What makes a great performance great? We’ll examine about what works and what doesn’t. | Level One is for the beginner to intermediate player.
We’ll take it to the next level in this hands-on open-mic style class. In a safe, encouraging environment we’ll try out the things we learned in Level I. You get to present your song and work on it one-on-one with V&P to hone your performance and ask questions. This is a great chance to gain some experience and have some fun. Level Two will be for the intermediate to advanced player with an opportunity to receive feedback on your prepared piece.
The Jazz Toolbox for Ukulele
Learn ways to augment simple chords and chord progressions to add color to your playing. You’ll also learn useful tips on arranging tunes for ukulele using substitutions and alternate voicings for common chords. Let’s spice things up to add dynamics and expression to your playing!
What Works! (And What Doesn’t)
What do artists and entrepreneurs have in common? Everything. Artists, just like traditional small business owners, have to wear many hats—creator, fabricator, accountant, marketer, technologist, and more. And, just like traditional small business owners, artists can find this to be a daunting task. How do some artists make the leap to sustainable and profitable artistic practices? Through their work with over 500 artists (from musicians, to writers, to painters, to filmmakers), the Artist INC program has identified the common behaviors of successful artist entrepreneurs. In the What Works/What Doesn’t? workshop we will share those key behaviors and leave you ready to apply them to your own art practice. The workshop includes discussion of portfolio careers, goal setting and planning, communications strategy, and financial planning. The last 30 minutes of the workshop is dedicated to audience needs, so bring your questions. Presented by Erin McGrane, Artist INC fellow (2010), peer facilitator and workshop presenter.