Music, Family, + Fun

Ukulele lessons for busy parents 

Have you ever wished you were more musical? Or wished for a hobby you could fit into your active life with young children? Musical Mama offers beginner's ukulele lessons customized for moms, dads, and caregivers in and around Silicon Valley.

One beginner’s course. Four lessons. That’s it!

My unique Foundations 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, all while having a blast playing songs that you and your kids can enjoy. 

Play with your kids

At each lesson you’ll receive practical tips on how to incorporate your new hobby into your daily life and get ideas on how to create musical traditions with your family. And by the end of the course, you'll have a set of fifteen songs to play— a happy mix of traditional tunes, children’s classics, and one or two songs that are just plain silly! 

Give it a try– you're more musical than you think!

Classes 

The Foundations beginner course is a series of four ukulele lessons designed to maximize your progress and help you have fun as you learn. I know how precious your time is. We're not going to waste a minute! 

PRIVATE LESSON PACKAGE - Bring your child

$160 (introductory rate)  -  With the private lesson package, you get a class that goes at precisely your pace, instruction and tips that are tailored specifically for you, and more flexibility in scheduling. But perhaps most importantly, your child is welcome to attend private lessons with you! Some parents do prefer to attend lessons while their children are in preschool or elementary school, but that choice is yours. Prior to each lesson, I set out a few age appropriate activities for your kiddo to enjoy for the duration of the lesson (scroll down for more information on bringing children to lessons).

The private lesson Package includes four hourlong lessons, course materials, and 15 songs 

GROUP LESSONS - Adults Only

$100 PER PERSON, 2-10 PEOPLE (introductory rate)  -  Do you have a friend (or nine) who'd like to go through the course with you? Or are you interested in hosting a Mom's Night Out series with your girlfriends? Let's coordinate a special group course just for you! You’ll save some money, plus you’ll have buddies to jam with between lessons! 

THE group LESSON PACKAGE INCLUDES FOUR 75-min LESSONS, COURSE MATERIALS, AND 15 SONGS 

SUPPLEMENTAL LESSONS  

$40/lesson (introductory rate) - Students who are currently going through the course or who have recently completed the course may be interested in adding an extra hour of instruction to further advance their playing. If there's a particular skill or technique you'd like to refine, just let me know! 

Supplemental lessons are purchased individually and are one-hour in length

Interested in ukulele lessons? Please get in touch or send an email to hello@musicalmama.com.

BRINGING YOUR CHILD TO PRIVATE LESSONS

I know how hard it is to: 1- coordinate childcare, and 2- find a class that's held at a time that's convenient to your schedule. That's why I've created the private lesson package, where children are welcome to attend with their grown-up.

Private lessons are held in my home in west San Jose. Please plan to arrive a few minutes ahead of time to allow your child an opportunity to settle in before we get started. Children who attend the lessons typically enjoy the novelty of being in a home environment with new-to-them toys. However, if your child has a favorite toy or activity, please consider bringing it to the lesson with you. You’re also welcome to bring a small snack for your child. 

Babies

Your baby’s needs come first, and we fit the lesson plan around them. Babies love hanging out on a soft blanket and listening to their parent sing and play. If your baby likes to be worn, please bring your carrier to the lessons. The ukulele is very lightweight and small, and it's fairly easy to play while baby-wearing (front or back). You may find your baby enjoys your playing so much that s/he falls asleep during the lesson! 

Toddlers

Children this age have pretty short attention spans and some even experience consternation when they see mommy trying to focus on the lesson! I've seen a wide range of behaviors, and we work around your child's needs— some toddlers prefer to stay right next to their parent during the first lesson while others play nearby with blocks or color with toddler crayons. By your second or third class, your child will likely have adjusted to the structure of the lessons and will be more likely to engage in the age-appropriate activities I have set out prior to your visit. 

Preschoolers

Kids in this age range are more likely to partake in activities like coloring, play-doh, or building with blocks or train tracks. Prior to your arrival, I set-up some play stations based on your child's interests. They tend to stay happily engaged in the activities, which makes for a smooth lesson for you! 

School-Aged Children

If your school-aged child is attending the lesson with you, I recommend you have them bring along whatever activity (book to read, activity book and markers, etc) you think will work best. 

Special Needs

If your child has special needs, please contact me to discuss arrangements. 

 

Have a question? Please email me at:  hello@musicalmama.com or get in touch through my contact form

 

ABOUT

My name is Melissa Stevenson. I'm a wife and mom who believes that one of life's greatest joys is making music with your loved ones. Let me share that joy with you! 

Ways to connect:

  • Follow Musical Mama on Facebook
  • Check out the blog
  • Listen to my playlist on Spotify. This is the fastest way to familiarize yourself with the melodies and lyrics of the songs from the Foundations course. 
  • Contact me with any questions or comments. I'd love to hear from you! 
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Are these lessons for kids or adults?

For the grown-ups! But your kids will benefit when you start playing and making music with them at home.  :)

Do I need to buy my own ukulele? 

Generally, yes. Unless we've made special arrangements prior to a class, all participants are required to provide their own ukulele and digital tuner to each lesson. Please check out my blog post featuring my ukulele and tuner recommendations

Where do lessons take place? 

PRIVATE LESSONS: Private lessons take place in west San Jose (near Saratoga and Campbell).

GROUP LESSONS: Group lessons may take place in my home or at the home of someone from the class. For certain days/times (eg- late on school nights), I may be unable to host in my own home. I'm looking for a studio space or community room to rent for group lessons, so if you know of a space, please let me know.

How does I sign up? 

Simple! Just fill out the contact form

What is your availability for lessons? 

My availability is a mix of weekdays, weeknights, and weekend times. 

How does scheduling work? 

As a general guideline, I suggest we schedule lessons to be two weeks apart. Moms and dads are busy people, and I want to make sure you have enough time to absorb everything from the previous lesson before we tackle new material.

PRIVATE LESSONS: Private lessons offer quite a bit of flexibility, schedule-wise. We can schedule all four lessons at the get-go, or we can schedule one lesson at a time.

GROUP LESSONS: Prior to the first lesson, the participants and I agree on dates and times for all four classes. 

What about payment? 

Payment is due in full at the first lesson. I currently accept cash and check and will be accepting credit and debit cards starting in spring 2017. 

 

If you have a question that hasn't been addressed here, Please contact me