For $40, you get one month of “Violin Book I/II” lessons for adults (a $108 value). For $40, you get one month of "Pre-twinkle I" (for children aged 3–5) or "Pre-twinkle II" (for children aged 6 or older) violin lessons (a $108 value).
Early Ears owner and professional musician Anahid Bertrand teaches children the magic of musical expression through a variety of kid-friendly instruction techniques. MusiKids classes (a $50 value) provide an outlet for newborn to 4-year-old mini maestros to express their inner boogie-woogie by introducing them to a rotating number of fun, approachable instruments, including drums, violins, triangles, and teeny, tiny 18th-century cathedral organs. Pintsize musicians age 4–7 can get their virtuoso on by participating with peers in group piano, violin, or voice classes (a $48 value), and musicians of all ages can benefit from private music tutoring (a $50 value for two lessons). Aside from excelling in the universal language of song, Bertrand is fluent in six spoken languages, ranging from Spanish to Bulgarian, and Groupon holders are welcome to use the value of today's deal toward language classes as well. The class schedule lists dates throughout the week, including convenient Saturday times to accommodate busy families or superhero parents.
At the Oregon Photography School, a duo of skilled shutterbugs with a combined 27 years of experience imparts the secrets of snapping and manipulating artistic images to pupils of all stripes. Vernon T. Williams has conveyed the dignity of famous subjects, including two presidential candidates and a Nobel Prize winner, and his work has appeared in The Economist and other national magazines. Jon Christopher Meyers boasts an eclectic commercial-work portfolio, with recent work including the Eugene Ballet Company's midair athleticism and hawks flying midair from the Cascades Raptor Center.
The school draws on Williams's and Meyers's rich backgrounds to inform intensive workshops on everything from the basics of film- and digital-camera manipulation to portrait photography's finer techniques, such as hypnotizing a subject with nothing but a piece of string tied to a lens cap. After an in-studio or on-location class, an online student/instructor-review tool continues the relationship, letting students post their shots for ongoing feedback and for inspirational haikus from their instructor and fellow photographers.
As the founder and creative director of the Avalon Acting & Modeling Center, instructor Jon Sharpy understands that, while all the world may be a stage, most people don’t seem to know their lines yet. With that in mind, he assembled a team of fellow teachers who get aspiring thespians up to speed with lessons in acting, improv, and voice-over skills. Wielding PhDs and professorial experience, this small fleet of instructors administers eight- and nine-week classes that shepherd students onto the stage once a week. Curricula for adults and young folks focus on topics such as auditioning, cold reading, and even film creation.
At Sweaty Ganesh Yoga studio, yoga serves as a transformative journey for every person who enters. All students, no matter their experience or skill level, are recognized for their current ability and empowered to test limitations of strength and flexibility. Along with beginners’ hot yoga classes, held throughout the week, the studio also holds classes for kids 6–12. Workshops help students perfect bow poses, backward bends, forward folds, and stretching postures. The fundamental approach teaches strength and flexibility while the postures test balance.
At Eugene Piano Academy, students from preschool age to adulthood learn new musical abilities or polish rusty skills with one-on-one guidance, group lessons, and summer camps led by university-trained instructors. Director Susane Reis and a staff of eminently qualified music teachers draw from years of performance, academic study, and teaching to help students harness their creative energies and build strong musical reading fundamentals and playing techniques.