I think the Ukulele is a good choice for a musical beginner. But, you need to realize the instrument’s capabilities to avoid disappointment. Although it is entirely possible to play melodies and classical style music on the Ukulele, those techniques are more advanced. As a beginner, you will be producing harmony chords with your strumming, and you will have to hum or sing any melody you want to go with them. The Uke will teach you basic music theory, chords, rhythms, tempo, etc. How far you go with it is entirely up to you. As far as the choice of ukulele is concerned, there are many happy Lanikai owners that started on that LU21. It should do a beginner nicely until he or she want a nicer one, if that time ever in fact comes. There are lots of info about that Lanikai online.