Ukulele – The New Hip Instrument?

Is the Ukulele gaining popularity?

I have taught many individual lessons and classes throughout my life.  As I have posted in previous Blog articles here at Fretmentor’s Blog, the community education classes offer a great deal for someone wanting to learn how to play an instrument.  The classes are inexpensive and the savings compared to private lessons always helps.

Due to the popularity of the Ukulele, I decided to schedule a new class this term for those who may be interested in learning this instrument.  To my amazement, the class quickly sold out and there is a weight list to get in.  My other classes in guitar, banjo, mandolin and music theory are still open for enrollment.

Which leads me to one question, Why do you think a Ukulele class has become so popular to sell out with still two weeks left in open enrollment?  I would be curious to hear back from others about this topic.

Here is some information for those interested about upcoming classes:

Starting on September 9th and 17th, I will be holding an 8 week music classes, in Jupiter, Florida. To learn more about these classes, please message me. To sign up, Go To and look for classes at the Jupiter Community High School. Registration can be completed online or in person at the school.

Here is the class schedule for not only 5 String Banjo, but other instruments and a theory class as well.

Classes Held from 9/9/19 to 11/4/14


Intro to Five String Banjo – 6:50-7:50pm

Ukulele for Children – 4:30-5:30 pm

Ukulele for Adults – 5:40-6:40

Intro to Mandolin – 8-9pm

TUESDAY CLASSES (delayed one week due to the storm)

Childrens Guitar 4:30-5:30pm

Adult Guitar 5:40-6:40 pm

Music Theory 6:50-7:50 pm

Blues and Rock for all fretted Instruments 8-9 pm


About fretmentor

Born in Detroit, Michigan, David F. Jakubiak has been involved in music since the age of 7, beginning as a clarinet player and then at 9 turning his attention to stringed instruments. He earned trophies in group talent competitions while a student at the University of Michigan. The instructor earned a BA degree in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Public Administration at the University of Kansas. At college, he also studied classical music and music history. His passion is teaching music and in performing as a musician. In addition to on-stage performances, David has played in various venues from outdoor festivals to small nightclubs. He plays, performs and teaches various styles of music, including rock, pop, blues, jazz, classical, country and bluegrass styles. He performs and teaches acoustic and electric guitar, five-string banjo, and mandolin. His styles range from Scruggs, melodic, Reno and old-time style on banjo, to finger-style and flat-picking technique on guitar, to various styles of mandolin. For over 45 years, Mr. Jakubiak has taught all age groups, taking a personal interest in each student to ensure that they receive the attention and lesson plans that meet their needs and interests. His lessons and instructional materials place a strong emphasis on the practical use or music theory to ensure that the student understands the instrument and learns how to improvise to develop their own style. Mr Jakubiak teaches group and studio classes, webcam lessons over the internet, and individual private lessons to students of various ages. He has compiled and produced eight instructional books on CD as well as numerous instrumental arrangements. David has written for Banjo Newsletter, a monthly publication for the banjo enthusiast and has published an article in Issue #37 of the Fretboard Journal. He is the founder of To contact David Jakubiak, please feel free to e-mail him at david AT (substitute the @ sign for the word AT)
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