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I'm Melissa, and I teach people how to play the ukulele. My students describe me as fun, patient, and friendly, and I love helping people discover their natural musical ability. 

  • Learn to play the ukulele at your own pace, in the comfort of your own home, with my new ukulele handbook for beginners! It's perfect for brand-new ukulele players as well as advanced beginners.

  • Live in the Bay Area? Learn more about my four-lesson beginner's ukulele course in San Jose, CA, and start making music right away!

  • Check out the blog, where I post practical and inspiring tips for beginning musicians, offer free music-themed downloads, and share video tutorials. 



Upcoming Workshops and Events

My family and I are coming down to Southern California for Thanksgiving, and I’m so happy to announce that I’ll be leading two ukulele workshops while I’m in town. If you live in LA or Orange County, please come join me.

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Let’s Play! Your First Ukulele Lesson

Sunday, Nov 18, 2018 from 2-2:50 pm


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Christmas Songs for Beginners

Sunday, Nov 18, 2018 from 3-3:50 pm



Let's Play! The Ukulele Handbook for Beginners

Now available in paperback and as a digital download!  

My new how-to guide is perfect for anyone who wants to learn to play the ukulele. Created for absolute beginners, this book was designed to make learning to play the ukulele simple and fun. It’s beautifully organized with easy-to-follow diagrams and is accompanied by dozens of instructional videos to guide you along the way. 



Ukulele Basics: A Free Guide for Brand-New Players

Learn how to play two strums, three chords, and three easy songs in my new ukulele starter guide! Download the eight-page PDF and watch eleven videos designed specifically for brand new players (or anyone who needs a refresher).

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Ukulele Lessons for Busy People in Silicon Valley

Four Lessons. That’s It!

My unique beginner's course is a set of four ukulele lessons designed to jump-start your entry into making music. The comprehensive class materials ensure that you’ll learn a lot, and we'll have a blast playing songs together. 


The private lesson package includes four hourlong lessons, course materials, and 17 songs. With the private lesson package, you get a class that goes at precisely your pace and instruction and tips that are tailored specifically for you. 

If you're a parent, your child is welcome to attend private lessons with you! Prior to each lesson, I set out a few age-appropriate activities for him or her to enjoy for the duration of the lesson. Read more about bringing your child to lessons on the blog


The group lesson package includes four 75-minute lessons, course materials, and 17 songs. Making music is a powerful experience when it's shared with others, and group lessons are an effective and fun way to learn to play. If you have some friends you'd like to take lessons with, contact me and we can plan a group course just for you! 


Students who are currently going through the course or who have completed the course may be interested in adding an extra hour of instruction to advance their playing. If there's a particular skill or technique you'd like to refine, let me know! 




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