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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 ukulele tutorials. 



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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Do you teach kids? 

My beginner's course is tailored for adults, but I will teach mature tweens and teens who are highly motivated to learn to play. 

Where do lessons take place? 

Lessons take place in west San Jose, CA, near Westgate Shopping Center. 

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

How do I get started? 

Simple! Just fill out the contact form

What is your availability for lessons? 

My availability is a mix of weekdays, weeknights, and weekends. 

How does scheduling work? 

As a general guideline, I suggest we schedule lessons to be two or three weeks apart. My students 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? 

PRIVATE LESSONS: Payment is due in full at the first lesson in the form of cash or personal check made out to Musical Mama, LLC. Students have 365 days from the date of payment to complete the four lessons of the course. 

GROUP LESSONS: Once you have confirmed your interest in group lessons, an invoice will be sent to your email address. Payment via check or credit card is required to complete your registration. 


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


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