Though Mozart began composing at age three, his rock ‘n’ roll spiral into excess began at eight, making him the youngest performer ever to cancel a show due to “exhaustion.” Retune your musical mindset with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get three music lessons—one private lesson, one music-theory lesson, and one group choral lesson—at the Academy of Classical Music & Fine Arts (a $30 value). All lessons must be scheduled for the same week; call ahead to confirm a spot.
The Academy of Classical Music & Fine Arts takes a holistic approach to its music instruction, giving musically inclined citizens the harmonious keys to a musical mind and body. Founded by gifted siblings Gianeh and Ovanes Arakelyan, both USC graduates and former pupils of world-renowned pianist Daniel Pollack, the academy offers students precise instructions on specific necessities including posture, listening techniques, and the finger dexterity utilized by “Stairway to Heaven”–playing guitar-shop customers the world over.
Lessons are available for future eccentric geniuses ages four and up, and master classes are available to passionate pluckers, bowers, and blowers of any age. Your Groupon gets you a 30-minute private lesson on one of six instruments (piano, guitar, violin, cello, flute, or clarinet), plus a 50-minute music-theory lesson. An instrumental lesson from one of the academy’s accomplished instructors will set you on the path to blurrily speedy chops, and the theory lesson can explain how minor chords make people sad and why augmented seventh chords cause unexplained Dorito cravings. Groupon holders can also harmonize their way through a 50-minute group choral lesson, offered Tuesdays at 6 p.m.
The Academy of Classical Music & Fine Arts aims to saturate the area with inspirational melodies culled from the untapped talents of central California’s musical masses. Its talented, enthusiastic teachers have experience teaching all levels, so everyone from beginners to sheepish Beethoven reincarnations are sure to gain valuable experience.