Channing Paluck interviewed in NAfME’s Teaching Music magazine

12 11 2013

Teaching musicThe latest issue of NAfME’s Teaching Music magazine features an interview with Channing Paluck, doctoral student at the University of Illinois and longtime core member of the Homebrew Ukulele Union (he named the group and has only missed one sing-along).

Channing discusses some of the pedagogy and participatory concepts that have been central to the success of the Homebrew.

Congrats to Channing and his work to help make participatory music part of the music education landscape.

For the full article, see:
Perlmutter, A. (2013). Running a ukulele ensemble. Teaching Music, 21(3), 54.

Photos and video from CU Folk and Roots festival sing-along

8 11 2013

We had a wonderful time at CU Folk and Roots, as you can plainly see and hear. Click the gallery below to see bigger images.



HUU Playing at EIU March 2, we want you!

21 02 2013

The Homebrew Ukulele Union has been invited to lead a singalong at the state Collegiate conference of the National Association for Music Education. We’re looking forward to sharing songs and fun, and as always we welcome all strummers to come be part of the band!

Where: the music school at Eastern Illinois University (600 Lincoln Ave, Charleston IL 61920)
Date: Saturday, March 2
Time: lunch at noon, gig 1-2 p.m.
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Some great songs for your ukulele singalong events

29 02 2012

The HUU works mostly with adults, so some of these are not appropriate for all ages. Having fielded several requests for our repertoire, here’s a list of songs we love. Most or all of these exist in easily-found chord/lyric sites for guitar or ukulele.

(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay

Back in the USSR

Bad Bad Leroy Brown

Big Me

Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain


Crippled Inside

Cups (when I’m gone)


Don’t Stop Believing

Every Day

First Day of My Life

Folsom Prison Blues

Goodnight Irene


Hey Jude

Home on the Range

House of the Rising Sund (Channing)

I Want to Hold Your Hand

I’m Yours

If I Had a Hammer

Island in the Sun

Lean on Me

Love Me Do

Love Me Tender

No One Else

Ob La Di, Ob La Da

Oh Susanna

On the Road Again

Polly Wolly Doodle

She loves you

Skip to My Lou

Somebody I used to know chart


Stand By Me

Take a Bow Chords

The Fear

This Land is Your Land

This Little Light of Mine

Three Little Birds

Two of Us

White Wedding

Will the Circle Be Unbroken

Wish You Were Here

You Can’t Always Get What you Want