Ever since taking childhood piano lessons, Susane Reis has tickled the ivories in college, graduate school, and while touring with bands throughout the US. It wasn't until moving to Eugene, however, that she encountered the perfect tool for teaching the instrument to future generations of pianists: the Harmony Road music method. Rooted in group classes, the comprehensive program helps children aged 18 months to 12 years train their ears, refine their keyboard skills, and even write their own compositions.
Once they have three to four years of piano experience under their belt, pupils can enroll in The Eugene Piano Academy, LLC's private lessons. In these sessions, Susane and her fellow teachers further hone students' skills by focusing on everything from jazz improvisation to playing entire Bach concertos with just your nose.
Glass doors line two lofted floors at The Lesson Factory's headquarters, barely able to contain the harmonies held within. In training rooms throughout the facility, instructors—some with degrees as high as the graduate level—guide aspiring musicians of all ages toward their music-making goals with programs geared to individualized learning. Students choose from rock and classical instruments, learning how to form chords on a guitar, keep steady rhythms on drums, or nobly play violin on a sinking boat. Thanks to a steady schedule of blues jams for adults and recitals for kids, all budding musicians get the chance to show off their skills to an audience on a regular basis.
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.
An accomplished performer and member of the Music Teachers National Association and the American Society for Composers, Authors and Publishers, instructional maestro Michael Wheeler uses his professional experience and a collaborative spirit to create individually tailored, one-on-one music lessons for students of all skill levels. Upon arriving for their first foray into song, each student will have their skills, goals, and ability to correctly pronounce "glockenspiel" evaluated, and Wheeler will use the half hour to develop a lesson plan. Lesson number two welcomes fingers to flutter across keys during piano and keyboard lessons, or unlock the traditional sounds of North India and delve into the fundamentals of sitar, dilruba, or harmonium. Together, pupil and teacher select lyrical material that's both personally exciting and age appropriate, saving teenagers from crooning "Moon River" and grandparents from an embarrassing round of "I Got Run Over by a Reindeer."
Learning a song on the ukulele. Buying a bass amp for a live show. Playing a newly learned song at a recital. The staffers at Music Masters welcome all forms of musical expression in their shop?s familial atmosphere. There, customers can indulge in a variety of tune-related activities, from gleaning the techniques needed to play a new instrument to purchasing guitar strings.