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