Music teacher aims to change image of the ukulele with new school

September 21, 2017
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A music teacher is hoping to turn around the image of the ukulele with his new school.

Although older generations often associate the string instrument with George Formby, it’s actually undergoing a renaissance with pop stars such as Bruno Mars helping to bring it to the fore.

Musician Steve Kyle with students, from left, Norma Ord, Douglas Arnold, Chris Ellis, David Hutchinson and John Bolam

Now, Steven Kyle is singing the praises of the instrument from his new Uke School at Arts Centre Washington.

The ukuleleist juggles being a peripatetic teacher at the region’s schools with his own music school, which is building up a number of pupils, from family groups to individual players.

Steve, who’s set up a dedicated studio in one of the workshop buildings at the…


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