Doane Uschool Founders

Melanie Doane and Timothy Luginbühl

Doane Uschool Executive Director Melanie Doane

MelanieJunoMultiple top 40 singles, gold album sales and awards including a Juno for Best New Artist, and thousands of shows in Canada and the U.S. are just some of the highlights of Melanie Doane’s long career in the recording industry.

7 years ago, Melanie added another dimension to her work. She created a classroom teaching division which would carry on the work started 40 years ago by her father; celebrated music educator and Order of Canada recipient, Chalmers Doane.

Doane Method Founder, Chalmers Doane

ChalmersOrderNSIn the 1960s, 70’s and 80’s Chalmers was the supervisor of music for the Halifax City Schools. He created a ground-breaking program with one of his main innovations being the use of the ukulele in the classroom. As Director of Music Education for the City of Halifax, Chalmers Doanecreated a comprehensive music program designed to produce students who were musically literate by the end of grade six and would ultimately involve hundreds of schools and tens of thousands of students across the country.

Blending the highly successful ‘Doane Method’ of classroom instruction with the mentoring and professional experience made possible by Melanie’s unique position in the recording industry, has created opportunities for beginning and advanced music students and educators and brought Doane Uschool to the attention of educators, presenters and media.

JamesHillPromoAdvisor and Doane Hill Method Founder, James Hill

James Hill, a third generation Canadian uke player,  is an educator, songwriter and “a serious virtuoso upon the ukulele… truly amazing” (Canadian Folk Music Magazine).  He grew up in Langley, B.C. learning ukulele from classroom teachers Jamie Thomas and Peter Luongo, both former students of J. Chalmers Doane.  In 2003, Hill and Doane began meetings in Nova Scotia to discuss pedagogy and to start work on what would eventually become the acclaimed Ukulele in the Classroom method book series.  James serves on the advisory of Uschool while also running the JHUI Teacher Certification Program, the only initiative of it’s kind in the world. When he’s not traveling the globe performing or training teachers, he is recording critically acclaimed albums and being a YouTube sensation.  The Old Silo, his latest album, was produced by Joel Plaskett.

Board of Directors

Moira Callahan
Jane Chapman-Klein
Rachel Hilton


Chalmers Doane – Method Founder, Educator
James Hill – Method Founder, Musician

Steve Coady – Vice President, Warner Music Canada
Jim Creeggan – Musician, Barenaked Ladies
Aishling Cullen – AVP Corporate Communications, Sun Life Financial
Gill Deacon – CBC Radio, Host of Here and Now
Suzanne Doane – Classroom Music Specialist
Patty Jarvis – Community Engagement
Dr. Bina John – Music Professor, University of Toronto
Hamida Sachedina — Manager, Community Relations, TD
Avery Swartz – Founder and CEO, Camp Tech.