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Sip & Strum

Ukulele Class

Have you ever seen anyone frowning while holding a ukulele?

Absolutely not! It's like trying to be sad while water skiing. It just can't be done. The truth is, that just the sound of this beautiful instrument has been giving people that warm and happy feeling for over eighty years in the mainland U.S. and now you can take that feeling with you everywhere you go!

Our next Sip & Strum Class is a three week course which will have you playing classic ukulele songs like "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" by Judy Garland, "Margaritaville" by Jimmy Buffet, and "I'm Yours" by the Jason Mraz. You'll also learn the basic uke techniques needed to play some of the not-so-classic ukulele songs like "Leaving On A Jet Plane" by John Denver and "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay" by Otis Redding.

You'll be carelessly strumming songs from your first class and by the end of the first week you won't be able to put it down!

No experience? No problem! Absolutely no ukulele or music experience is required.  Most students who attend our classes have little or no music background and have never played the ukulele!  Come see why hundreds of adults have trusted Beachside Music to learn to play the ukulele in a fun and easy going atmosphere.

Meet The Teachers

Meet husband and wife team and owners of Beachside Music Lessons & Therapy.  Ashlee is a Board Certified Music Therapist and Private Music Teacher with over 17 year of experience.  Ashlee is a graduate of FSU and a local, born and raised in NSB.  Eliott is a private music teacher and specializes in working with seniors and children.  Eliott studied composition and theory at UF (yep, we are a house divided!).  Eliott has studied music for most of his life and performed in many prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall.  Eliott is also a local Floridian and grew up in Vero Beach.  Eliott and Ashlee are more than just skilled musicians, their passion is to teach each student the joy of playing the ukulele. They believe in making learning music easy and fun for all ages and abilities.  Ashlee and Eliott have taught hundreds of adults how to play the ukulele!

Michelle Marie Lecza is a local musician/performer and has been teaching private music lessons with Beachside Music for 2 years. Michelle teaches voice, piano, ukulele, and guitar. Michelle has been an assistant teacher in our Sip & Strum classes since the beginning and enjoys teaching adults how to play the ukulele in an easy to understand way.  Fun fact about Michelle: In 2016 she appeared on season 15 of "American Idol" she was a heavy competitor with tons of air time and was eventually cut at the top 24. Aside from teaching, Michelle performs at local live music venues around Florida. 

Check Out Our Next Local Host: 
MiMi K's Cafe & Market

360 Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169

Our Next Class: May 13th, 20th, 27th
6:00-7:15 pm

On the happening street of Flagler Avenue in NSB, you'll find a local gem called Mimi K's Beachside Cafe & Market.  This lovely brunch spot offers dining both inside and outside in their beautiful courtyard.  Stop by for a boozy coffee, mimosa, bloody mary,  or wine slushies and stay for the exquisite breakfast and lunch items they offer.    

Be sure to check out their delicious breakfast menu with entrees like Vanilla French Toast, Belgian Waffles, or a Homestyle Potato Skillet!  If you're looking for lunch/early dinner, try their delicious gourmet sandwiches or try their award wining Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup.  Mimi K's is the perfect place for brunch with a laid-back atmosphere just a short walk from the beach!

Please Note: The restaurant will be closed to the public during our class and there will be no food service available, but we encourage you to come back and bring a friend to enjoy their brunch at a later date.  Each class will include two adult beverages!

We         Our Local Hosts

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See what our customers have to say:

"This was so much fun! And we learned to play multiple songs! The teachers are wonderful too. I’ve found a new hobby that I can take anywhere. FIVE STARS!"

-Mary A.

"The ukulele class is so much fun!! Ashlee, Elliott and Michelle are great teachers and create a laid back, friendly and relaxing atmosphere. I'm so happy I signed up for this class"

-Rena. W

"Amazing. I am a beginner and they made feel comfortable and confident and I met new friends. Going to take a second class!" 

-Vicki G.

"Very fun and friendly! We learned to play the ukulele in 3 weekly lessons in Sip & Strum and can competently play about 5 songs already! Thanks for getting us started on our ukulele journey!"

-Bonita B.

"I took two sessions of Sip and Strum Ukulele classes at Tomoka Brewing Co where I had the pleasure of being taught by Ashlee and Elliott. The class was so much fun and Ashlee and Elliott are funny, informative, patient, and knowledgeable! They both love music and it shows! I highly recommend these classes for a laid back 75 minutes where your worries melt away with a beer in one hand and a ukulele in the other!"

-Bethany S.

Ready to start sipping and strumming?

Our Next Class: March 17th, 24th, 31st
6:00-7:15 pm
at The Plaza Resort & Spa

What's Included?

Play songs YOU like!

Once you have learned some basic chords and beginning songs, we will be learning songs that receive the most votes during registration. When you register, vote for your favorite songs from a list or suggest a popular song that isn't listed. We will do our best to tailor each class to fit the preferences of our participants.  

Fun, easy to understand instructions

to get you playing from the first class

Each time we get together, you can plan to learn

2-3 songs. Participants will receive a folder with finger positions and sheet music for the songs we will be learning. During class, you can expect to learn how to hold the ukulele, tune it, to position your fingers, how to strum, and new songs!

Let's Sip Together

Sip delicious drinks from our local host while strumming along with your ukulele! Enjoy beer, wine, cocktails, tea, soft drink, or water from our local host.  2 drink per class are included in your purchase price (6 drinks total).


Experienced, Friendly Music Teachers

Our music teachers come from the nation’s top music schools, have performed at venues large and small all over the world, and have extensive experience. They know how to successfully structure ukulele class and teach students of all ages, abilities, and skill levels.

What's the cost?

Our Sip & Strum class includes professional instruction, three 75-minute classes, chord charts and music, guide to tuning, and 6-8 songs for $125.  You must provide your own ukulele for this class.
Invite your family, friends, a significant other, or come make a new friend during this fun class.  This class will leave you knowing how to strum and play several new songs.  Sign-up now!  Class is limited to 15 adults to ensure everyone gets individual help. 
COVID Safety Precautions:
This class will meet outdoors whenever possible for everyone's safety (weather and location permitting). Hand sanitizer will be available. Face masks are optional at the table (similarly to local restaurants). We will also observe any rules by the hosting location as well. If you or anyone in your home are feeling ill or have a fever, please do not come to class.  This class will be limited to 15 people total (not including the teachers). Additional questions? Please feel free to Contact Us Here.

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Beachside Music Lessons & Therapy is the best in-home music lesson school offering high quality music classes in the following cities:

Volusia County: Daytona Beach, Ormond  Beach, Port Orange, New Smyrna Beach, Deland, Deltona

Flagler County: Palm Coast

Orange County: Orlando, Winter Park, Maitland, Sanford

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The best private music lessons and therapy in Volusia, Flagler, & Orange Counties.

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