Swing your uke, sing the songs of the golden jazz era, and get shakin’

Hi, I’m Sage, and I teach swing ukulele!

What’s waiting for you inside the Ukulele Swing Academy

  • fresh ukulele lessons in a bite-sized video format, delivered weekly
  • all the resources you’ll need to swing your uke, including pdfs of tabs and chord charts
  • access to over 40 ukulele lessons already in the archives, for as long as you remain a member
  • two live 90-minute online, jazz ukulele workshops per month
  • archived recordings of all workshops ever given: 20 hours of focused ukulele lessons
  • detailed teaching of essential ukulele swing and jazz techniques and how you can use them in over 25 classic swing and jazz songs
  • personalized advice from a ukulele teacher with over 14 years teaching experience

Learn the songs of the jazz age. Swing them with me.

I’ve designed Ukulele Swing School so that you can quickly learn how to swing your uke.

Join the group workshops at the Ukulele Swing Academy

  • twice monthly, live, online ukulele workshops on swing and jazz tunes and topics
  • over 20 hours of workshops in the archives
  • it’s like an international ukulele club!
  • bite-sized ukulele lesson videos
  • resources including pdfs of tabs and chord charts
  • instant access to over 40 ukulele lessons already in the archives

Join the Ukulele Swing Academy

Take private lessons

  • focus on your personal ukulele goals
  • cover exactly the repertoire and techniques you want
  • over 12 years’ teaching experience
  • powerfully fun kick-start to your swing uke journey

contact me

Your uke is a time machine. Let’s travel to the golden jazz era.

I’ve been teaching ukulele as an independent musician since 2012 and here at Ukulele Swing School I’m offering you my suggestions for the next great old swing tune that you can start strumming right away. There are so many fabulous tunes out there that deserve to be strummed, and together we’ll sing em.

access great swathes of tasty ukulele lessons in the:

Lesson Library

How can you collect all the swing tunes you’re hungry for? I’m hoping to make it easy for you, which is why I put together the Lesson Library. When you sign up for the Ukulele Swing Academy, you get access to two different types of video content: an archive of longer-format workshops twice a month, plus bite-sized lesson videos that I deliver to you once a week to guide your practice.

Every Tuesday, I share a brief lesson video with some techniques that you can apply to a tune at hand, that can quickly improve your approach to playing it on the ukulele. In the video, I’ll share the key techniques that each of my arrangements call for. Plus I’ll always include .pdfs of chord charts and lyrics, so you have all the resources you need to strum along and sing.

Free ukulele lesson video and pdf?Yes, please!

Get your free PDF and video ukulele lesson, chock-full of ukulele techniques, and the best ukulele chord shapes to use.

As a thank-you for signing up for my email list, you'll receive chords, lyrics, and ukulele swing techniques for "Black Coffee," a tune from 1935 about what happens to someone who wishes they hadn't imbibed quite so much... 

Enter your name and email below to download your PDF chord chart and access your video lesson, so you can start strumming this fun swing tune!

Try a lesson:

Check out a hot, swinging lesson fresh from the Lesson Library, and get valuable tips on how to jazz up your playing!

↑ ↑ ↑ click that link, because you know and I know you need to be strumming and singing a Fats Waller tune, stat

Sage did a fine job of breaking the song into bits so that we can do it, and repeating the pieces with her over and over made it stick. I like her arrangement because the chord progressions make it sound kind of fancy without it being too hard. Last, but not least, Sage has such a beautiful singing voice. Thank you!

—Kathy

meet with me twice a month for online ukulele workshops in:

Ukulele Swing School’s Academy

Twice a month we meet online for a lighthearted workshop session to help you get in the swing of things and refine your playing. We’ll cover crucial uke technique while having fun playing jazz standards and those lesser-played gems from the 1920’s-40’s. Let’s exponentially expand your jazz uke repertoire and get you in the swing of things.

During the lessons you’ll have the opportunity to step into the spotlight and get feedback from me on your playing. You’ll get personalized, expert attention. We’ll get your playing sounding utterly divine and swinging.

Not only that, you can send me video or audio recordings of your playing through email or WhatsApp. I’ll give personalized feedback that will help refine your uke technique and make your playing shine. Or, share your playing in the student group, where I not only listen with an analytical and supportive ear, but also share vintage music playlists and other ephemera.

You’ll have the video replays of the lessons, access to all course resources, and you can soak up hot jazz ukulele swing techniques even if you can’t make it to the live Zoom call.

For as long as your membership is active, you’ll have access to all lesson video replays, course material, charts, song sheets, and other course resources. 

Oh! And did I mention that your Academy membership includes access to the Lesson Library as well?

Private Lessons

Contact me if you want one-on-one time to get your uke playing swinging. I love teaching online and we can get your uke playing sounding great.

Your uke is a time machine.

Let’s take it to the jazz age. Ready to get some expert teaching and start to really swing your uke, and sing along too? It’s time to dive in, let’s go for it.

Who am I, anyway?

I’m Sage, and I’ve been playing ukulele since a friend sold me his barely-touched one in 2010. It must have been fate: I fell in love with the instrument immediately! The uke suits me—and my life-long love of jazz and American folk music—so very well.

I’ve been teaching ukulele for over a decade and have a lifetime’s worth of performance experience.

And when I make music, it sounds like this.

Want some stats? 

Over my musical lifetime I have had …

  • 250 + one on one students
  • 700+ group workshop students
  • 70,500+ youtube views
  • 500+ live shows played
  • 9 (and counting) recorded projects / albums

What are students saying?

Sage is such a good teacher! Friendly and professional, she always has enjoyable teaching material and often inquires as to what I would like to practice, including me in the teaching process. With absolutely zero background in music, I was proud to call myself a musician and a ukulelist after a few lessons only. I fondly look forward to our weekly lessons and I highly recommend Sage to anyone who would like to start playing such a fun and enjoyable instrument!

—Pierrick

Sage is so super professional as a ukulele teacher — I’m honestly impressed!

—Margreth

Join us: it’ll be so much fun.

Here’s what I recommend:

  • join the Ukulele Swing Academy for twice-monthly workshops
  • your Academy tuition includes access to the Lesson Library’s quick and dirty weekly video lessons
  • Contact me for private lessons

I’m so looking forward to sharing these songs with you.

xo

-s