What You'll Get
At some point you will be confronted by a shaggy, axe-wielding lunatic who shouts, "Are you ready to ROOOOCK? Please answer me. I'm so sad." Today's Groupon will make sure you're not just ready, but willing. For $49, new students will get six group singing or instrument lessons at the Tysons Corner music-instruction school All Things Rock (a $180 value). Kids can get the musical education that will make them less likely to stick up a convenience store with a bassoon later in life, while adults can fulfill a long-deferred dream to finally impress Amanda Bilecki with their shredding skills.
All Things Rock's formally trained musician instructors hail from all over the world, come from all kinds of musical backgrounds, and have mastered a variety of real and fictional instruments. They think the Rolling Stones, Metallica, Bach, Mozart, Louis Armstrong, and Charlie Parker all rock equally hard and, most importantly, they can prove it to you or your kids. Your choice of group classes includes instrument-centric courses such as Beginning Guitar, Beginning Piano, and Beginning Drums. If your preferred instrument is your voice, or internal bagpipes, you can prep for Hey, America, I Can Sing Pretty Well with Pop Star Vocals or Broadway with Glee Singing. Your Groupon is eligible for those five classes and music theory, which will help if you're a play-by-ear rocker and need some background in music fundamentals, or if you're simply curious about the inner workings of music. See the class schedule for the full listing.
You may use your Groupon for all six of the same class, or you can find the instrument that truly sings to you by mixing and matching. All Things Rock will provide all the instruments, though you won't be able to take them home with you. Treat the budding rock star in your life and prove Shakespeare's observation in Twelfth Night, "If music be the food of love, then I will feed my delicious music to a wolfman. Come hither, wolfman. Let me pet thee with my swollen hands."
All Things Rock's customers are too busy shredding on their new instrument of choice—or shredding their vocal chords—to write reviews, but the school's effective lessons and hardcore kids' band camps have been featured by the Washington Post and Fairfax Times:
- …Saul's [classes] focus more on musicianship. All of Saul's students must learn how to read and compose music..."The vibe here is not to have some balding dudes tell kids, 'I remember when I used to play,' " said Saul, 31. "The vibe here is to have people who play and gig teach the kids." – Frank Ahrens, Washington Post
- All Things Rock instructors are all professional musicians with years of formal training. They develop roles for all campers, regardless of whether they play an instrument or sing. They consider the camper's particular tastes, but also encourage them to hear and learn new sounds and styles. – Fairfax Times
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jan 18, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. New students only. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.