A nonprofit arts-education haven for the community, Rhapsody instructs budding virtuosos and aesthetes of all ages through programs in music, art, drama, and other distinctly cultured pursuits. The artistic equivalent of a superhero brigade, the roster of teachers includes many with master’s degrees in their specialty. Among the classes offered this summer, Songwriters Workshop teaches the basics of setting words to music and digging up repressed emotions about previous-life breakups (ages 13+, $75). Transformational Painting allows adults to conjure their inner oil painter (ages 18+, $115), and tenderfooted thespians can partake in Acting for Little Ones, a confidence-building primer designed to train the future cast of the impending Friends reboot (ages 4–6, $55).
Ward-Brodt Music is Madison's online and real-life oasis of music supplies and instruction. Today's Groupon gives you four half-hour private lessons on the instrument of your choice; one-man bands are encouraged to choose their favorite instrument, including the likes of guitar, piano, and various woodwinds, and remove it from the pulley connected to their shin. Potential percussionists can study with mallet-claws for a jaunt through polyrhythms and the impossible physics of sideways-spinning drumkits, while new piano students interested in moving beyond blindfolded renditions of "Heart-N-Soul" will find ample opportunity to progress. Ward-Brodt's professional, extensive staff of over 30 music educators reads like a dream team of southern Wisconsin's performers and teachers.
With 40,000 musical instruments in stock, Cascio Interstate Music supplies music lovers with the tools, gears, and repair services needed for any upcoming gig. The 30,000-square-foot retail store is packed to brim with gadgets, sheet music, instructional videos, and other products for rockers and orchestra loyalists alike. Guitar enthusiasts can use Classic Electrics ($14.95) to explore the history of their instrument, and pianists can browse Cascio's sheet music collection of classical masterpieces. Cascio carries any essential musical accessory, from Ernie Ball Regular Slinky guitar strings ($5.01) and Rico Royal Bb Clarinet reeds ($12.94) to viola shoulder rests ($23.85). The shop also features a crack staff of musical repairmen, who can help mend any injured guitar, violin, drum set, or whichever instrument on which you shred.
Gymboree offers a bevy of baby-engaging classes in which parents and wee ones work together to build tots' creativity and encourage development through play. Weekly classes are available for every age from the freshly born sapling to the 5-years-young wise wanderer. This deal includes rhythm-building music classes, imagination-expanding art classes, and Gymboree's most popular class, Play & Learn. The month-long membership allows you to take one class per week, with make-ups available during enrollment if you miss a class. This deal also includes unlimited attendance at Gymboree's open gym sessions (contact location for schedule) and a $25 discount at Gymboree Clothing Stores with a $50 minimum purchase.
The Voice and Acting Studio introduces children to the joys of music and performance through private lessons and group camps. During six-week performance-arts camps, children practice musical theater and perform a show for friends and families at the end of the session. Private lessons are available for piano, voice, acting, and guitar, and there are even special stage crew classes for those interested in behind-the-scenes work.