Scott LaFlamme of LMI Studio passes down more than 20 years of music-industry experience through instrument lessons, songwriting and composition classes, and studio sessions. Aspiring musicians of all levels can take lessons in guitar, bass, drums, piano, and vocals.
Baby signing classes, based on the Signing Time Academy curricula, teach pre-speech tots ages 3 and under how to effectively convey feelings of hunger, thirst, exhaustion, and insistent desires to ride the dog around the block like a pony. Board-certified music therapist Megan Taylor teaches the 45-minute classes, which are scheduled on Wednesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. The classes must be taken within the same four week series, as each class builds on the previous class. By broadening vocabularies, the classes bring parents and children closer together, reducing frustration and facilitating existential dialogues. Groupon holders also enjoy a 5% discount on Singing Time Academy flash cards, DVDs, and associated accessories.
Music Instruction Studio's university-educated teachers dispense harmonious how-tos during music lessons for students 6 years and older. Offering instruction in pop, jazz, and classical styles, the instructors equip vocalists with belting skills, teach pianists masterful ivory tickling, and inspiring guitarist. Music Instruction Studio stocks its interior with instruments as well as an entire library of sheet music that students can purchase at an additional cost; pupils may also rent out equipment for at-home practice. After stepping up their skills, students can draw on MIS's extensive music studio to showcase newfound abilities and hair-metal power slides during semiannual recitals at no additional charge.
Sheri Pedigo's students are prepared for a competitive musical market filled with auditions, challenging business decisions, and bigtime talent competitions such as The Voice, American Idol, and America's Got Talent. Their star factor all comes down to the quality of their voice, which they refine at Voice Works, Pedigo's vocal coaching center. Her vocal lessons and workshops focus on topics ranging from technique and stage presence to more industry-specific skills, including working with managers and agents and understanding royalties.
Signature service: Music production and recording arts
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 2–4 hours
Brands Used: Pro Tools, Cubase, Logic, Reason, Studio One, Apple, Windows
Pro Tip: Bring a list of five to ten questions to ask during Q&A sections
Informed by an ever-growing body of developmental research, classes at The Music Class introduce tots to tunes and concepts that boost creativity and listening skills. In Music Pups (a $72 value) courses, children under 4 years of age gleefully sing, dance, and bang away on rudimentary instruments such as the drums or theremin. Four and 5-year-olds learn concepts of tone and rhythm in the Music Cats course (a $77 value), which lets kids experiment with keyboards before defending their dissertations on the narrative redundancies of "Old MacDonald Had a Farm." Each 45-minute course meets four times in one month-long segment, and includes CDs for parents to play at home to follow up on in-class tutelage. This Groupon may also be used toward The Music Class' ten-week music courses.