Studies show that children who don't learn to play a musical instrument often try to eat one. Save your offspring from an awkward doctor's visit with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a 30-minute music lesson for students 5 and older at the American School of Music in Florissant (a $50 value). Students can choose from voice, piano, trumpet, drum, guitar, flute, clarinet, or saxophone lessons.
The well-trained tone teachers at the American School of Music enlighten aspiring musicians with custom private lessons in a variety of instruments. During a 30-minute lesson, music mavens—many of them professional musicians or degree-holding music educators—can teach a 10-year-old his or her first guitar chords, or help an experienced adult drummer hammer out the difficult timpani solo from The Odd Couple’s theme. Before the lesson, administrative staff gathers information about each student’s goals, experience level, and preferred musical style so that instructors can tailor the experience to his or her needs. Beginning singers and instrumentalists will also receive a complimentary lesson book whose sentient pages whisper words of encouragement during at-home practice sessions.
Groupon holders pay no registration fee if they opt to continue with the American School of Music’s instructional program (not included in today’s Groupon). Over the course of multiple lessons, instructors may incorporate a standard repertoire of traditional hymns, folksongs, classical pieces, and jazz standards alongside the musical styles preferred by the student. Classes also school soloists, no matter their style, in composing and arranging, improvising, notating music, sight-reading, and communicating with the conductor via semaphore.