Jackie Peláez and Emily Yurcheshen are the creators of Uke Adventure Around the World. They live in Santa Barbara, California and teach ukulele to kids in their after-school program and to adults at Goleta Valley Community Center. They created the Mariposa Uke Groove Group to perform with students.



Artist and Illustrator

Alycia Vreeland is a professional artist. She has created many works of art and illustrations which includes children books, C.D. inserts, greeting cards, a documentary called The Cure, to name a few. Vreeland teaches art for the after school program at GUSD; teaching art and inspiring the young budding artist brings her much joy. Vreeland resides in Santa Barbara with her husband, author Jon Vreeland, and is the mother of Preston Towers: composer/actor/UCSB Alumni.You can follow Vreeland on her website at


Creator of Uke Adventure Around The World

For many years Jackie sang professionally and toured internationally with her chamber choir. Now she just resigned to her music teaching job in an Elementary School in Goleta so she can dedicate more time to develop Uke Adventure, teach in the after school classes and adults's workshops. She teaches privately ukulele and voice in Santa Barbara as well as online, in English and Spanish.

At SBCC  School of Extended Learning,  Jackie teaches ukulele for older adults, a Spanish class. If you want to listen to Jackie's opera singing click here.


Creator of Uke Adventure Around The World

Emily is an educator who inspires children of all ages to write, sing and play music. She doubted her ability to express herself musically until she was guided on an amazing adventure around the world. It was through her travels that she began to hear music in her own heart. Soon after, she began teaching others to play the music they hear on ukulele, guitar and piano. She teaches in our after school classes, adult's workshops and  privately in Santa Barbara as well as online.

At SBCC School of Extended Learning she is teaching a class called: How to Break Through your Creative Blocks  based on her book:

An Odyssey of Song: Musical Journey into your Creative Heart 

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