Strumming Banjo Ukulele with Kaitlyn Baker

What makes our FLEA ukulele donation program so rewarding?

The smiles in this picture!

Accompanied by Kaitlyn Baker in the Music Therapy room, a patient from South Carolina enjoys a special moment. The “banjo ukulele” being played is the 68th ukulele donated to Music Therapy at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

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Photo shared with permission

Who is Kaitlyn Baker? This question is sure to become rhetorical as her career soars! A young performing artist from Virginia, Kaitlyn shared her talents by performing at the hospital and creating individual patient time.

You can learn more about Kaitlyn at her website and Facebook page (www.kaitlynbaker.com, https://www.facebook.com/KaitlynBakerMusic), but here are two YouTube music videos:

The first highlights the work and “escaping” aspirations in a small mining town. The second video shares the tale of a relationship that turns a bit “incendiary”!

Special thanks goes to Caleb Hastings, MT-BC, the neurologic music therapist at CCHMC who made me aware of this special artist and moment.


Donations on this scale would not be possible without generous support from individuals and businesses, including those who purchase our instruments.

Wanna’ PLAY or PLEDGE a FLEA® ukulele? Visit www.truejoyacoustics.com to learn more plus connect to Amazon and eBay listings. Purchases are convenient, secure, delivered FREE (continental USA) and backed by Buyer Protection Programs on these two well established e-commerce stores.

Email me at info@truejoyacoustics.com if you would like to sponsor a donation of one or more FLEA ukuleles to the music therapy program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. It’s easy and will certainly bring joy to your heart as well as many kids spending many long days in a hospital.

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Bloggers, visit us on: WordPress (True Joy Acoustics – Community), WordPress (Ukulele Shops), Tumblr (Ukulele Shops) and Blogger (Ukulele Shops). Comments and connections welcome!

Greg, TRUE JOY ACOUSTICS

Note by Note – Inspiration at the Library

Taking an occasional stroll down the public library aisles can be a fruitful (and free) way to discover fresh inspiration.

Here’s one for anyone involved in the music learning process: Note by Note – A Celebration of the Piano Lesson, written by Tricia Tunstall, ©2008.

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Source: Hamilton County Public Library. CLICK IMAGE for YouTube interview of Tricia Tunstall.

The context is PIANO. But readers need not be piano students, teachers or classical music enthusiasts to savor the author’s musical passion, insights and intellect. Her observations transcend to learning and loving any instrument.

Tricia Tunstall shares many stories on the ritual of lessons and the teacher/student relationship; diverse student personalities and learning styles; the discipline required to master skills and classical works; interesting examples on deciphering and respecting the complexities (and simplicities) in today’s pop culture music; persevering through recital performance; creating original works and improvisation.

She describes her advanced students (pp 126) as those making a discovery about themselves: “They are in this because of an attraction to the act of playing that is compelling, deep and inarguable. They have experienced the sheer physical pleasure of technical facility and soul-stirring elation of expressive power, and they have discovered that these satisfactions are somehow essential to their lives … it comes entirely from within.” Universal for any form of musicianship.

The book goes beyond reflections on music pedagogy. Tricia wraps it up with a very personal and tragic aspect within her own family life. But don’t jump ahead! The book’s 214 pages are an easy, engaging and rewarding read.

Wanna’ PLAY or PLEDGE a FLEA® ukulele? Visit www.truejoyacoustics.com to learn more plus connect to Amazon and eBay listings. Purchases are convenient, secure, delivered FREE (continental USA) and backed by Buyer Protection Programs on these two well established e-commerce stores.

Email me at info@truejoyacoustics.com if you would like to sponsor a donation of one or more FLEA ukuleles to the music therapy program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. It’s easy and will certainly bring joy to your heart as well as many kids spending their holidays in a hospital.

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Bloggers, visit us on: WordPress (True Joy Acoustics – Community), WordPress (Ukulele Shops), Tumblr (Ukulele Shops) and Blogger (Ukulele Shops). Comments and connections welcome! Greg, TRUE JOY ACOUSTICS

Ukulele Therapy: WKRC Local 12 and Hamilton Journal News

What makes our FLEA ukulele donation program special this month? The instrument count zipped past the 50th instrument milestone at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). Our single largest donation was spiced up with many unique colors. The tally (since 2010) soared to 55 FLEA ukuleles!

Making it all the more special was a news spotlight by Liz Bonis at local CBS affiliate (WKRC Local 12 News)Click here or image below to view the magic of FLEA ukuleles and Music Therapy:

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A “sneak preview” of the donation set was displayed at the Liberty Township campus of CCHMC. Jenn Selely, a board certified Music Therapist and Certified Child Life Specialist, joined me to host a Q&A session with the Hamilton Journal News. Click here or image below to view the story:

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Donations on this scale would not be possible without generous support from individuals and businesses.

For this round, extra recognition goes to Sharon and Dave Kitzmiller who set an impressive record for an individual pledge. Their generosity alone enabled SIXTEEN colorful FLEA ukuleles to go into the hospital’s music therapy program! It all started with casual conversation at our Anderson High School reunion this summer. What an impact they chose to make. Thank you Sharon and Dave!

Wanna’ PLAY or PLEDGE a FLEA® ukulele? Visit www.truejoyacoustics.com to learn more plus connect to Amazon and eBay listings. Purchases are convenient, secure, delivered FREE (continental USA) and backed by Buyer Protection Programs on these two well established e-commerce stores.

Email me at info@truejoyacoustics.com if you would like to sponsor a donation of one or more FLEA ukuleles to the music therapy program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. It’s easy and will certainly bring joy to your heart as well as many kids spending their holidays in a hospital.

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Bloggers, visit us on: WordPress (True Joy Acoustics – Community), WordPress (Ukulele Shops), Tumblr (Ukulele Shops) and Blogger (Ukulele Shops). Comments and connections welcome!

Greg, TRUE JOY ACOUSTICS

Celebrating 5 Gold Stars for FLEA Ukulele Sales

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True Joy Acoustics earns 5 Star Customer Ratings on Amazon and eBay

A strong predictor of your online purchase satisfaction is the experience of prior shoppers

The experience of prior shoppers is a strong predictor of your satisfaction

Some shoppers have limited experience purchasing a musical instrument over the internet, even though it is quite common to do so. Ukuleles are a fast growing segment … mainstream music popularity, easy to learn among all age groups, not too big, not too pricey, growing abundance of brands and model options to choose.

True Joy Acoustics has sold hundreds of FLEA® brand ukuleles. Primarily on the internet, but also by direct sales at professional expos and local customers. We, and our growing customer base, believe a FLEA® is simply the best ukulele for beginners plus advancing players.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out what our buyers have posted directly on the largest e-commerce channels. Simply click each icon below to see ratings and reviews:

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Wanna’ PLAY or PLEDGE a FLEA® ukulele? Visit www.truejoyacoustics.com to learn more plus connect to Amazon and eBay listings. Purchases are convenient, secure, delivered FREE (continental USA) and backed by Buyer Protection Programs on these two well established e-commerce stores.

Email me at info@truejoyacoustics.com if you would like to sponsor a donation of one or more FLEA ukuleles to the music therapy program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. It’s easy and will certainly bring joy to your heart as well as many kids spending weeks in a hospital.

click to visit our website

Bloggers, visit us on: WordPress (True Joy Acoustics – Community), WordPress (Ukulele Shops), Tumblr (Ukulele Shops) and Blogger (Ukulele Shops). Comments and connections welcome!

Greg, TRUE JOY ACOUSTICS

The Power of Music In Final Months – Zach Sobiech

Zach Sobiech. Incredible. A high schooler with only a few precious months to live, choosing to create and share his music. Helping everyone find joy and courage with his “Clouds” song. 2+ million views already. I thank CNN Student News for sharing his story, my daughter made me aware of this week’s school broadcast.

Click here for the CNN Student News feature. Zach’s story is 3 minutes (start 3:31, end 6:40). Starts with Zach on ukulele.

Our program continually advocates and donates FLEA ukuleles for music therapy, helping many kids deal with challenges similar to Zach.

Wanna’ PLAY or PLEDGE a FLEA® ukulele? Visit www.truejoyacoustics.com to learn more plus connect to Amazon and eBay listings. Purchases are convenient, secure, delivered FREE (continental USA) and backed by Buyer Protection Programs on these two well established e-commerce stores.

Email me at info@truejoyacoustics.com if you would like to sponsor a donation of one or more FLEA ukuleles to the music therapy program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. It’s easy and will certainly bring joy to your heart as well as many kids spending weeks in a hospital.

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Bloggers, visit us on: WordPress (True Joy Acoustics – Community), WordPress (Ukulele Shops), Tumblr (Ukulele Shops) and Blogger (Ukulele Shops). Comments and connections welcome!

Greg, TRUE JOY ACOUSTICS

Music Therapy + FLEA Ukuleles on WLWT Channel 5

What is music therapy (MT)? What credentials are required to become a MT? Who are their patients? How does music therapy make a true difference in their lives?

Answers and lively FLEA® ukulele demos were featured on “Issues” … an early Sunday morning show produced by local NBC affiliate (WLWT-TV5) in Cincinnati. THANK YOU to the show’s producer, Mr. Jeff Moran, for helping build awareness of this fascinating field. Click here or image below to view the segment:

Congresswoman Gabby Giffords’ amazing recovery from gunshot head trauma has been credited heavily to music therapy. Helped her re-assimilate speech skills, cope with intense frustration, smile again. Spotlighted on ABC News by Diane Sawyer and Bob Woodruff in November 2011, plus Nightline with host Terry Moran.

Music therapy “magic” abounds in Cincinnati. Family members that witness the impact of a music therapist working with their autistic child, an elderly parent becoming listless with Alzheimer’s disease, a relative recovering from traumatic brain injury, or a hospitalized child deprived of “just being a kid” as they face a bone marrow transplant know such magic. True Joy Acoustics proudly connected with Channel 5 and these highly skilled MT’s to broaden public awareness.

Our ukulele program is privileged to connect with this profession, especially the two co-stars:  Kathryn Yeager (Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center) and Mimi Sinclair (Music Therapy Services). Click names for direct contact info.

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MUSIC THERAPY PRACTITIONERS – Want to promote local awareness of your profession and “magic”?

View the Mini Press Kit PDF prepared for above feature by clicking here:

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Wanna’ PLAY or PLEDGE a FLEA® ukulele? Visit www.truejoyacoustics.com to learn more plus connect to Amazon and eBay listings. Purchases are convenient, secure, delivered FREE (continental USA) and backed by Buyer Protection Programs on these two well established e-commerce stores.

Email me at info@truejoyacoustics.com if you would like to sponsor a donation of one or more FLEA ukuleles to the music therapy program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. It’s easy and will certainly bring joy to your heart as well as many kids spending their holidays in a hospital.

click to visit our website

Bloggers, visit us on: WordPress (True Joy Acoustics – Community), WordPress (Ukulele Shops), Tumblr (Ukulele Shops) and Blogger (Ukulele Shops). Comments and connections welcome!

Greg, TRUE JOY ACOUSTICS

2012 Cincinnati Toy, Game (and UKULELE) Gift Guide

Looking for fresh or nostalgic gift ideas for the holiday season? Here’s a wonderful collection. Proud to have our Ukulele Musician Maker™ Kits featured (pp 46) among so many illustrious toys and games with Cincinnati inventor roots.

Special Note: FLEA brand ukuleles are by no means “toy grade” musical instruments. They are manufactured by The Magic Fluke Co. in Sheffield, Massachusetts with superb quality and tone. Ideal for beginners and beyond, all the way up to professional performance. Our exclusive kits enable fast ukulele FUN and SKILLS. You’ll love playing for life, no matter what age you start. Those are hallmark traits of outstanding toys and games … why we affiliate with this creative group.

Wanna’ PLAY or PLEDGE a FLEA® ukulele? Visit www.truejoyacoustics.com to learn more plus connect to Amazon and eBay listings. Purchases are convenient, secure, delivered FREE (continental USA) and backed by Buyer Protection Programs on these two well established e-commerce stores.

Email me at info@truejoyacoustics.com if you would like to sponsor a donation of one or more FLEA ukuleles to the music therapy program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. It’s easy and will certainly bring joy to your heart as well as many kids spending their holidays in a hospital.

click to visit our website

Bloggers, visit us on: WordPress (True Joy Acoustics – Community), WordPress (Ukulele Shops), Tumblr (Ukulele Shops) and Blogger (Ukulele Shops). Comments and connections welcome!

Greg, TRUE JOY ACOUSTICS

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