Sip & Strum
An Update Regarding COVID-19:
We are now offering music lessons in your home or online. Our teachers sanitize all items/instruments used between each lesson and session.
Click here for more info on our Online Music Lessons and feel free to contact us directly ().
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.
Michelle Marie Lecza is a local of Daytona Beach and has always been a musically inclined person for as long as she can remember. Throughout high school she was in Choir, Drama, and an Advanced Vocal Acapella group. Michelle privately studied Voice, Music Theory and Music Composition for 12 years. At Beachside Music she teaches Voice, Piano, Ukulele, and Guitar. 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. Michelle enjoys teaching group ukulele and has been teaching group classes in local breweries and is excited to bring her expertise to the world via online technology.
Kristin grew up in Orlando, Florida where she was an active participant in all thing’s music and arts throughout her life. Kristin graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy. Growing up, she was a caregiver for special needs children and treasured experiences working with them alongside the Children’s Miracle Network. These experiences helped nurture a passion for working with special needs children and ultimately led her to pursue Music Therapy in college. Kristin completed her internship at Easterseals Midwest in Cape Girardeau, Missouri where she served children and adults with Autism. Besides being a Music Therapist, Kristin enjoys teaching ukulele to kids of all ages and abilities. Kristin is excited to share her passion for music within the Central Florida community that has given so much to her.
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 four-week course which will have you playing classic ukulele songs like "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" by Judy Garland and "I'm Yours" by the Jason Mraz. You'll also learn basic uke strums and techniques on 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're student will be carelessly strumming songs from their first day and by the end of the first week you won't be able to put it down!
Absolutely no ukulele experience required.
How It Works
Sign-up for the LIVE Stream Ukulele Class of your choice! Our virtual class series includes a 1 hour per week class for 4 weeks (4 hours total). Each class will cover the beginning basic of Ukulele and teach you to play a song on your first lesson!
Get ready for class!
Get ready for class by downloading the Zoom Meeting app or accessing Zoom via any browser at www.zoom.us. Next print out the materials needed for class including your ukulele chord chart and music....don't forget a pencil! Also, if you'd like to hear the song you'll be learning, make sure to listen to the links provided within your materials or search the song online. Also make sure to follow the video tutorial provided to tune your ukulele strings! Need help trouble-shooting or setting up your virtual classroom? Contact us here.
Come to class!
Before class begins, make sure you tune your ukulele and gather your chord chart, music, and a pencil. Need help tuning? Just come to class 10-15 early and we'll be happy to help you. When it's almost time for class, make sure to log in 10-15 minutes ahead of time with the provided Zoom link to make sure your virtual classroom is working properly. If you are having a hard time downloading or connecting audio to your Zoom, please let us know and we'll be glad to help! For your safety, we conduct all lessons, sessions, and classes on the Healthcare Version of Zoom (which is HIPPA compliant).
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!
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.
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.
Bring Your Favorite Snack/Drink Class
Please feel free to bring your favorite cocktail, beer, wine, or tea to enjoy in class together! We'll be drinking Tomoka Brewing Co's Craft Beer and Copper Bottom Craft Distillery's Vodka or Rum (our usual in-person ukulele class venue hosts).
See what our customers have to say:
“Beachside Music is absolutely amazing. Their teachers makes a fun music lesson plan tailored to each student and their needs which results in their best productivity possible. My daughters have become less shy and show an improvement with their critical thinking skills.”
What's the cost?
Our Virtual Ukulele Class includes professional instruction, four 60-minute classes, chord charts and music, guide to tuning, and 6-8 songs for $100. You must provide your own ukulele for this class.
Invite your friends or come make new friends during this fun online class. This class will leave you knowing how to strum and play several new songs. Sign-up now, each class is limited to ensure everyone gets individual help and that there's time to chat a little and make some friends! We need music now more than EVER!
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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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