Ukulele Lessons Charlotte NC

Ukulele Lessons Charlotte NC

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Ukulele Lessons For Everyone

Welcome to Mike Graci’s Music Academy, Charlotte’s premier choice for music learning. Situated in Matthews, we’ve become a trusted place to learn the ukulele. Most of our acclaim comes from the recommendations of our pleased students. We’re the go-to place because of our renowned blend of creative teaching, technical proficiency, and a welcoming community.

Visit our studio near Charlotte, or choose our online lessons. Our teachers are experienced music professionals, skilled educators, and adept musicians. We promote setting goals for each lesson. Our diverse instructors are trained to guide learners of every age, boasting thousands of hours of teaching experience.


At our academy, beginners delve into fundamental ukulele basics. Our foundational ukulele program nurtures creativity, propelling aspiring artists toward growth. Individualized lessons are the backbone of this progression, in a fun environment.


Building on beginner teachings, our intermediate to advanced instructors further polish your ukulele skills. Weekly classes provide specialized guidance, exploring intricate tunes from renowned musicians. Our outstanding ukulele teachers in the Charlotte area and a trusted instructional approach, we ensure students rise and perform at an unparalleled level.


Kids experience the joy of bringing their beloved songs to life in a lively, fun, and supportive setting. Depending on their age and skill level, they're matched with an instructor that's right for them.


Teens can harness their passion for ukulele under our guidance. Our skilled teachers promise swift and adept learning in a fun and welcoming environment.


Adults keen to begin or rekindle their ukulele adventure will find their home here. Our weekly lessons will help you achieve your goals. With us, you'll confidently master and showcase your favorite tunes.

Charlotte Ukulele LESSONS

We teach ukulele enthusiasts of all skill levels. Under our educators, students can enjoy customized in-person or virtual lessons.


All instructors are seasoned ukulele teachers. We create a nurturing ambiance where every learner feels comfortable and is guided towards success.


We currently provide both online lessons and in-person lessons. Those choosing virtual ukulele classes can fit it around their current schedule.

Ukulele Instructors:


Experiences I’ve had include teaching private lessons, music schools, church, original bands,cover bands, duos, trios, private parties, festivals, special events, clubs, and weddings for over 20 years! Opened for Chuck Berry, Uriah Heep, Blues Brothers,The Wailers , Marshall Tucker Band, Nantucket, played shows with Jimi Hendrix’s percussionist Gerardo Velez and Lynyrd Skynyrd original drummer and hall of famer Bob Burns. Played on “Rock Legends Cruise 2011” and “Simple Man Cruise 2012” with Preacher Stone and shared the stage with ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, George Thorogood, Marshall Tucker Band, The Outlaws, Blackberry Smoke, Steppen Wolf,Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter, Molly Hatchet, Doobie Brothers, Foghat, Pat Travers, Blackfoot and many more national acts. Performed at Carolina Country Music Festival with Moses Jones in 2017,among other artists such as Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean,  Montgomery Gentry, Big And Rich, Darius Rocker, Davison Brothers, Gretchen Wilson, Kip Moore,Lee Brice and many more…

Played more than 2500 shows overseas and more than 25 states including major cities like Nashville, Austin, New York City, L.A, Atlantic City.  Won “Best World Music Artist w/ Tsunami Wave Riders” at Charlotte Music Awards in 2009 and won “Best Country Artist w/ Jeff Luckadoo & Southern Wave” at Charlotte music awards in 2011. Won “Best Country Band of The Year and”Charlotte Blues Society Competition with Moses Jones in 2017. Performed At International Blues Challenge in Memphis with Moses Jones in 2018. Played shows with bands such as Preacher Stone, Moses Jones, Wink Keziah, Michael Tracy Band, Flashback Party Band, Emerald Empire Band, Right To Party Band, The Extraordinaires, Jeff Luckadoo & Southern Wave, ThrowbackThursday Party Band, Tsunami Wave Riders, Shannon Lee, Jade Moore, Lisa De Novo, Terri Marie, Leaving Texas, Stella Rising, Brett Greer Band,  Honky Tonk Playboys, Tastes Like Chicken,Redemption Church Band and recorded with Wink Keziah, Michael Tracy, Moses Jones and Shannon Lee.

Arda Bagcioglu

My approach to students is to keep them engaged by learning songs, music theory, and teaching proper technique. Those techniques are : Picking, legato, arpeggios, chord structures, scales, improvisation,rhythm. I teach in many different styles: Rock, blues, country,honky tonk, classic-rock, hard-rock, jazz-rock,pop,soul and funk.

Jennifer Gayle Nicks

Jennifer Gayle Nicks

Jennifer has been teaching private music lessons for many years. Children, youth & adults are drawn in by her fun-loving enthusiasm her love and joy of music. She has a unique gift of making harder to grasp concepts, very possible and quickly attainable. Jennifer’s goal is to unlock the gift within and to instill lifelong musical expression.

She accelerates performance with her students as early as possible and likes to build musical confidence within a student. Jennifer teaches theory but makes sure it’s clear to the student, how it’s used in music performance. Each student has a custom lesson plan built that’s just for them. Jennifer looks at each student is an individual. One students lesson plan can be very different from another students. Jennifer believes music should be a retreat of fun, joy & healing. Something that can be part of every day life. She believes that by encouraging the positives, “mistakes” work themselves out much faster when inner confidence is built.


Shannon Lee teaches beginner piano, vocal performance & ukulele. She customizes lesson plans for each student. The goal is to have students want to play music for life, not just while taking lessons. It has to be fun, while teaching the fundamentals and techniques required for success.

Shannon’s musical experiences include, singing in church as a kid, choir, musical theater, band, jazz band, vocal performance in college, open mics, rock bands, recording and more! She has been a full time musician for 20+ years.

In addition to teaching she hosts open mics, hosts open jams, plays solo, duo, trio and full band all around the Charlotte area.

Shannon looks forward to sharing her experience with students to help them find where music fits in their lives, so that their love of music remains with them for all time.

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Our Charlotte-based ukulele instructors will introduce you to the array of equipment options from prominent music manufacturers. We’ll help you choose a ukulele that fits your personal style and needs.


We recommend students invest in their own ukulele, especially as they progress. Owning a personal instrument is crucial for regular practice. The teacher will help you along with this process.

While children might be young at six for formal ukulele lessons, they can start understanding fundamental musical concepts. We make each lesson fun and interactive for each student. 

While there isn’t a strict age requirement, some children under six may need additional hand coordination or patience for ukulele lessons. The optimal starting age largely depends on the child’s temperament and maturity. Remarkably, some kids have shown immense talent at very young ages.

Yes, we offer online lessons. Call us today to learn more. 

Students can achieve foundational proficiency in about a month with diligent practice and weekly individualized sessions. We encourage at least 30 minutes of practice approximately five days a week.

Indeed, we offer both virtual and one-on-one individual ukulele classes.

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