Your online teacher, Cathy Welsford

Cathy is an accredited Level 3 Ukulele teacher in the James Hill Ukulele Initiative and was a founding member of the Australian Ukulele Teachers and Leaders Association Inc. She organised and presented at the AUTLA professional development sessions for 3 years. As a community musician, literacy educator and event organiser, Cathy Welsford has directed ukulele groups, community and conservatorium choirs and co-directed large ukulele, choral and arts events in NSW Australia. She is one half of The Wild Women of Anywhere Beach performing original works and quirky covers, running team-building ukulele workshops and exciting ukulele workshops at festivals. While working as a Project Officer for the New England Conservatorium of Music, she developed a music program for schools, Music, Literacy and Ukulele. Circle Songs on the Mat is a current music and vocabulary development project for pre-school teachers and kids.

Cathy has participated in ongoing professional development in numerous master classes and workshops in Australia and internationally. She runs weekly ukulele group lessons for the Valla Beach Garage Band and Orchestra, private lessons and also performs with the Australian Ukulele Orchestra.

Cathy is one half of The Wild Women of Anywhere Beach and with Angie Smith, performs at every opportunity. The Wild Women are the hosts of the annual Valla Beach Ukulele Camp and Beach party in August (NSW). At other times they travel the country causing ukulele mayhem and having a great time!

2020 Online courses

Cohort 1: Starting in APRIL 2020

1. James Hill Ukulele Course. Level 1, Unit 1

    April 4, 11, 19 & 26.

2. James Hill Ukulele Course. Level 1, Unit 2

    May 3, 10, 17 & 24.

3. James Hill Ukulele Course Level 1, Unit 3

   June 6, 13, 27, July 4 & 11.

4. James Hill Book 2 & Beyond

    July 25, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Sept 5, 12, 19, 26

STATUS: Concluded

STATUS: Concluded

STATUS: Concluded

STATUS: Ongoing

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"I want to tell the world how great your classes are, how much we enjoy learning with you and each other, what a gift it is, especially in these times of Covid19.  Learning to read music and play melodies on our ukes is way better than cryptic crosswords or anything else I can think of that we do to ward off dementia. "

Cohort 2: Starting in MAY 20201.

1. James Hill Ukulele Course Level 1, Unit 1

    May 10, 17, 24 & 31

2. James Hill Ukulele Course Level 1, Unit 2

    July 5, 12, 19, 26.

3. James Hill Ukulele Course Level 1, Units 3 & 4

    August 9, 16, 23, 30 Sept 6 & 13

STATUS: Concluded

STATUS: Concluded

STATUS: Ongoing

“I loved the course! Your instruction was very clear. The practical aspects of playing were the most challenging for me and I’ve learned a lot and will continue to use the materials after the course has finished. The class atmosphere was always encouraging. It was inspiring to see the more experienced players. So pleased to have had the opportunity to do this from home. 


Chord Transition Course

August 29. Cost $25


STATUS: Concluded

New course coming soon!




STATUS: Filling up!


Starting soon!


James Hill Ukulele Course. Level 1, Units 1, 2 & 3

 All the Saturdays in October: 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st

 10.30am - 12.30pm COST: $125

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“I’ve really enjoyed Cathy’s teaching style in the James Hill ukulele units I have recently completed with her. The sessions are always well prepared and structured, I’m learning a lot of musical theory and practice that is enriching my playing and enjoyment of the instrument. I really like that my understanding of the structure and composition of pieces of music has grown during the course and that the songs we are learning are very appealing melodies that offer interesting challenges but are aligned to our ability. Cathy is a very patient teacher and really knows how to bring out the best in her students through her inspiring musicality and her dedication to ensuring we are well supported.”

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