Butte Ukulele Club: Print Your Sixties Tunes!

Want to get a head start on those 1960s tunes before we meet on Saturday, April 18th at 1:00pm? Download your packet today! We now request that all Butte Ukulele Club members print off their packets and bring them to the club. This will save us a lot of printing and extra paper, especially since we have so many groovy songs to work on this month! If you aren’t able to print your packet, please contact Marian at (406) 723-3361 x6302 or email her at programming.bsbpl@gmail.com. Feel free to call or email with any questions. You can find the sixties packet here in our Facebook group or on our website. Happy strumming and see you on the 18th!...

Butte Ukulele Club: Information and Updates

It has been an awesome five months of Ukulele Club meetings at the Butte Public Library! We held fun theme days and learned lots of new skills in the process. The Butte Ukulele Club is separate from the occasional series of ukulele lessons we offer at the library. The club meets once a month on a Saturday from 1-3pm. Ukuleles are available for advance reservation to use during the club meetings. Information for upcoming meetings is posted approximately one month in advance. Chord charts are also uploaded in our Facebook group approximately two weeks prior to the club for members to practice. The first 30 minutes of the meeting there is always a beginner or intermediate crash course. Some things you might learn in the beginner course include: string names, simple strumming patterns, a few basic chords, and how to read a chord chart. Never picked up an instrument? Don’t worry! The beginner crash course is presented at a slow pace. Some things you might learn in the intermediate course include: simple riffs (sometimes with TAB), more advanced strumming patterns, and whatever we feel like throwing at you! The last hour and a half of the club we play through chord charts. A chord chart is a lyric sheet with chords above the lyrics that show you where to change chords in the song. If you are new to the ukulele and you cannot play chords yet, we can give you one chord to strum for each song. Just remember, we love beginners! Our club environment is laid back, and you will not be put on the spot. We...

Butte Ukulele Club: Meet Your Organizers

Marian Mays is the Programming Librarian at BSBPL and loves playing ukulele! Marian started her musical education in 1st grade when she started taking piano lessons. However, she was very unmotivated to practice. In 6th grade she tried choir and band and her love of music took off. Throughout middle school and high school she was involved with jazz band, concert band, and marching band playing flute, piccolo, piano, or mellophone. She has been playing ukulele since 2011. Marian studied music therapy for two years at the University of Louisville School of Music, but eventually decided to graduate with a Bachelors in History and a Minor in Music. Marian received her Master of Science in Library and Information Science in 2014 with a concentration in Youth Services. Before studying library science Marian taught music classes at an Early Childhood Education Facility to ages 1-13 and at a private piano studio. Marian would love to own all the obscure instruments of the world like a keytar and a theramin. She loves belly dancing almost as much as she loves ukulele. Almost. She currently teaches group ukulele lessons at the library and organizes the Butte Ukulele Club. She also helps her pal Maggie out by playing percussion in the Butte Symphony. Marian loves providing opportunities for older students to start or continue their musical education regardless of financial status. She believes that music and music education is a fundamental right that should not be limited to those who can afford it. Maggie Lou Perkes” first memories are of sitting at the kitchen table playing “Where Is Thumbkin” on the ukulele with...