Ukulele for beginners


If you've ever wanted to learn an instrument - this class is for you! The ukulele is a great instrument for complete beginners and those wanting to try out a new instrument. Small and portable, a ukulele is versatile.

After a successful performance by the U-can-do-its and community workshop at the recent Surrey Hills Music Festival, we have invited experienced music teacher, Des Mahoney to join as in Surrey Hills. Des will guide you in the basics of the ukulele - learn correct hold, playing positions and how to play along with others.

This class is now full - please contact us to go on a waiting list for a Tuesday 7.30pm or Wednesday 2.30pm class!

Surrey Hills NC also runs a monthly classical music appreciation group.

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What you will learn

  • Correctly hold a ukulele and how to strum, fingering, fingerpicking.
  • Learn how to play along with others.
  • Be confident in your ability to play a musical instrument.

What you will get

  • Notes from classes and confidence in your musical abilities.

What to bring

  • Please bring your own ukulele (if you need advice on buying one, please give us a call)

Appropriate for

All ages & musical abilities!

Activities for everyone: health and wellbeing, leisure and learning, social activities and volunteer opportunities and children's programs.

The Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre Inc (the Centre) was founded in 1978 at the initiative of local residents and was registered as an Incorporated Association in 1996. The Centre is located at 157 Union Road and an adjoining property at 1 Bedford Avenue. All our facilities are leased from the City of Boroondara.

Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre was founded in 1978 as a friendly, inclusive and welcoming meeting place where people could come together to share experiences and skills.The Centre offers a wide range of programs and activities run by friendly and knowledgeable teachers, at affordable prices.

The Centre is a overseen by a Committee of Management, and receives funding support from the City of Boroondara, the Department of Planning and Community Development with the remainder of the Centre’s income generated by fees from programs and venue hire.

We have many active volunteers supporting the activities of the Centre and social activities to help you connect with your local community. Call 9890 2467 or email: to find out more.

The Surrey Hills Heritage Collection at the Centre, is open for viewing on Mondays.

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5.0 (1 review)
13 February 2016Ukulele for beginners
Des taught us clearly and in an unrushed manner the basics of holding, tuning, strumming and simple chords. I really enjoyed his friendly manner and humor. Strangely, for me, the highlight was his introduction of singing to our music - two wonderfully enjoyable things. I am thrilled with the classes and will look forward eagerly to Wednesdays each week. Very, very highly recommended even for people who can't read music and have no musical experience. Anne.

Refund Policy

Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre requires 48 hours notice via email prior to the start of a class or event for a full refund or transfer.  Refunds and transfers will not be processed if cancellation occurs within 48 hours of the event commencing. We do not offer refunds for missed classes. There are no fees for refunds or transfers. For cancellations prior to the 48 hour cut off, email Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre to organise a refund or transfer

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Terms & Conditions

Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre or organised by Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre must agree to these terms and conditions.


I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre.


I agree to give Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre unrestricted publishing rights for any photographs or videos taken at Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre classes and events or on Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre's premises. (For use of Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre marketing materials).


Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre requires 48 hours notice in writing prior to the class for a full refund or transfer. 


In the event that a class is cancelled, students will be notified via text message or email and entitled to a full refund or credit.

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