Let's Play!

I’m Melissa Stevenson, an ukulele teacher and music-maker living in Silicon Valley. I help people discover their natural musical ability so they can share the joy of making music with their loved ones.


Ukulele Lessons

Live in the Bay Area? Sign up for my four-lesson beginner’s ukulele course in San Jose, CA, and start making music right away!

The MM Blog

Read posts with practical and inspiring tips for beginning musicians, free music-themed downloads, and video tutorials.

Learn to Play at Home

Browse the free Ukulele Basics video lesson series, my beginner’s ukulele handbook, a Christmas songbook, and ukulele starter kits.

Sing-alongs, Uke Workshops, and Events

Find out where I’ll be playing next!

Learn to Play the Ukulele

Let’s Play! The Ukulele Handbook for Beginners is the essential how-to guide for 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 it's accompanied by dozens of instructional videos. Here’s the intro video:

Student Testimonials

Melissa is a wonderful teacher who will meet you no matter where you are at musically. After the 4 lessons I had gained so much knowledge to be confident in singing and playing the ukelele. I highly recommend her to anyone!

— Kim

Melissa is patient and makes you feel comfortable and confident. I was trying to learn ukulele from just YouTube channels, but it was really helpful to take her lessons to get over the hump. I also had to bring my kids to lessons sometimes and she set up a station for them to play while we did our lesson. I'll definitely miss taking lessons from Musical Mama!

— Gail

Melissa is awesome! I was playing the uke after my first lesson. She's a great teacher and adds lots of fun to her lessons. 

— Ashlee

Melissa has a quick but very manageable progression and great tips that allow you to further your learning on your own afterwards. (She is also just a super nice human being that's worth meeting!) I am now able to play enough songs to entertain my kids and/or my friends for a whole evening! Plus I just love how portable, cute-sounding and easy the ukulele is! This is coming from someone who has always loved to sing but never learned and instrument before (until age 40). Highly, highly recommend.

— Mathilde