Ukulele Level 1 for Teens

Ages 13-18  |  In-Person

Spring 2022 Registration is Open!


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All Are Welcome!

Join our Level 1 Ukulele class and learn to play this fun, accessible instrument. No prior musical experience is necessary, just the desire to brighten up the first day of the week. Learn the fundamentals of playing chords, melodies and singing along through songs like “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and other folk songs and contemporary hits.

Alumni are welcome to repeat the class. New music and materials will be presented each semester.

Note: Students need to bring their own ukulele.


Ages:  13-18
Time:  5:30 – 6:30 pm
  Wednesdays, February 23 – May 4, 2022 (10 weeks)
Skip Date:  April 6
Tuition:  $285 + $15 music fee
Location: Mason Community Arts Academy Building in Fairfax, VA









Glen McCarthy, Guitar Lessons

Glen McCarthy
Academy Teaching Artist
Read about Mr. McCarthy

Glen McCarthy teaches class guitar, required of all music education majors and guitar pedagogy at George Mason University. He has been a guest lecturer, clinician and adjudicator at festivals, conferences and workshops both nationally and internationally. He is the past chair of the National Association for Music Education Council for Guitar Education, the past chair of the American String Teachers Association Guitar-in-the-Schools Committee and director and clinician for Teaching Guitar Workshops.

He teaches guitar classes and private lessons at the Mason Community Arts Academy. His curriculum is different for each student, “Guitar is so multi-faceted. What a student wants to learn is the cue I need to develop that student’s potential.” He also teaches class guitar at the Hylton Center to Veterans and first responders.

Mr. McCarthy retired from Fairfax County, Virginia after 30 years at Robinson Secondary School where he developed a multi-level guitar program. Robinson was the first recipient of the Guitar & Accessories Marketing Association’s award to recognize innovative guitar programming in the United States. Under his direction, the Robinson Guitar Ensemble performed in numerous venues and was consistently awarded superior ratings at adjudicated festivals.

In 2014 from over 32,000 nominees the Grammy Foundation recognized Glen as one of the top ten music educators in the United States. He continues to perform in numerous venues and genres.







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