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Melanie and her students are hosting an ukulele sing-and-play-along in Torrance, CA on the evenings of Saturday, September 23rd and Sunday, September 24th. Use the blue button links below to RSVP for either of the dates.

(Each evening is limited to 60 Adults.)

We hope to see you there!

Click the video below to witness the joy that Get Started Playing Ukulele creates!




Click the photo above to enroll in the

Daily Zoom Class as an Attendee Student.

The Attendee Student

monthly class subscription includes :

27 hours a month of LIVE Zoom class time.

The ability to view the Daily Recorded Class Archives for the current and previous month.

Access to all the class curriculum materials.

8 song sheets per month you can download and print out.

The ability to ask "chat" questions during the Zoom Class.

Your video recorder is not enabled during the Zoom class (You will see Melanie, but she won't see You).


Click the photo above to enroll in the

Daily Zoom Class as a Panelist Student.

The Unlimited Plan

monthly class subscription includes:

27 hours a month of LIVE Zoom class time.

The ability to view the Daily Recorded Class Archives for the current and previous month.

Access to all the class curriculum materials.

8 song sheets per month you can download and print out.

The capability to "un-mute" during the Zoom class.

Your Zoom video is enabled.

Get Started Playing Ukulele

Home of the "Melanie Method"

What is Get Started Playing Ukulele?

• A beginners ukulele class instructed

by Melanie Lawson Kareem.

• A live hour long class on Zoom from 2:00PM-3:00PM (PST)

27 days of the month.

 • It is a yearly rotated curriculum where you learn 50 songs on the Ukulele with 4 songs introduced every month. 

 • There are up to 27 days of classes a month. If you are not able to attend every day, each class is recorded and archived for students to review for practice. This also helps students begin classes at anytime during the curriculum cycle.

• A helpful, upbeat, and user friendly virtual learning experience.

Get Started Playing Ukulele is for you if …

 • You have never played an instrument before. Rank Novices are welcome!

 • You want an easy and fun path to learning an instrument.

 • You're seeking mental exercise and want to learn something new for your brain health.

 • You're a retiree looking for a fun new hobby!

 • You want a new way to share music with your friends and family.

• You want to experience a joyful, supportive class environment.

 • You enjoy classic music from past eras and want to learn how to play your

favorite tunes!

• You want to see an upbeat and joyous music teacher, Melanie Lawson Kareem, every day, from the comfort of home.

About the Instructor:

Melanie Lawson Kareem is the Founder and Creative Director of Get Started Playing Ukulele, an international, supportive, virtual, learning community of good-hearted folks who want to embrace the joy of ukulele NOW. Melanie’s proprietary teaching materials and methods simplify and expedite the learning process, because life is short!

Melanie has mastered the role of remote teacher, and has provided ukulele instruction and camaraderie to many over the last few years.

Melanie has taught over 1,000 virtual classes and counting!

Since 1977, Melanie has been inspired with a life-long passion of inventing the very best systems, techniques and curriculums for teaching folks who want a fun new hobby! Starting as a Dance teacher at a young age, she highly valued musicality and instilled this skill in all her students. Her background in teaching dance has strengthened her ability to teach music in unique and innovative ways. Whether it’s music or dance “The Melanie Method” is tried and true with thousands of happy and now masterful students! 

Our Headquarters:
Get Started Playing Ukulele is based in
Topanga Canyon, California, USA. 

A Get Started Playing Ukulele student may be anywhere on the planet, as long as you can click a link and attend a live, virtual daily class at 1:50 pm Pacific Standard Time. In case you miss one, all classes are recorded and archived. 


Your ukulele classes have completely changed my life. I look forward to every single session and leave each one enriched, with a huge smile on my face and tune in my heart. 

Jolie Mayer-Smith, PhD

Melanie in hat with a big smile, looking left
One of the best things I did to cope with the pandemic was to learn to play the ukulele and I could not have a better teacher -- Melanie Kareem! With daily Zoom sessions and access to archived class recordings, I have learned so much in the past 17 months from this amazing lady with a heart of gold and music in her soul!  -Alicia

"When I heard that Melanie, my dance camp teacher, was offering a package of daily Zoom lessons as a camp donation incentive, how could I NOT join in? I could see some dance friends and take a daily lesson. Well, that was in June 2020, and I’m still in the class, playing almost every day. Music is so uplifting, as is Melanie’s cheerful attitude, that going to class is a bright spot in my day!"   - Linda

Zoom classes are fun!

We are excited for you to join us!

Get Started Playing Ukulele

provides a valuable daily service to Veterans

Get Started Playing Ukulele and Veterans National Entertainment Workshop have teamed up since 2021 to help provide a supportive and therapeutic space for veterans who deal with PTSD.

Veterans National Entertainment Workshop (VNEW), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, was founded to help veterans deal with PTSD through performance, music, and song.

Melanie has created a supportive space for Veterans filled with musical joy and encouraging experiences through her daily Ukulele classes.

To learn more about VNEW or to donate to the cause, please click the button below.

Get Started Playing Ukulele

is a member of the Foundation of Senior Services

The Foundation for Senior Services is a 501 (c) 3 public charity whose mission is to provide seniors and their families with education, options and resources so they can choose quality care and assistance that will help preserve their independence. The Foundation of Senior Services purpose is to provide this support to seniors in the local communities and municipalities we serve, without consideration of social and cultural differences.

To learn more about the Foundation of Senior Services, please click the button below.

17 Common Ukulele Chords

You can download this chord chart for FREE from the "Newcomer's Checklist" in the "Starter Kit" Course

or by clicking the picture.

These 17 common chords are the basis for the 49 popular songs in my curriculum. These are the chords we will cover in class as you follow along with my program for a year. The dot colors correspond to my dot system and make it so easy to get started playing ukulele.