Music is humanity's universal language, narrowly beating out such close contenders as Esperanto, Simpsons references, and yodeled strings of angry profanity. Learn how to rhythmically communicate across cultures with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get two music lessons (a $32 value, plus the $20 one-time registration fee for a total value of $52) at Boulevard Music Lessons in Tonawanda. Amps, pianos, and drum sets are available for use during lessons, but customers must bring all other instruments.
Boulevard Music Lessons maintains a staff of professionally active teachers, all of whom impart their years of deft treble-clef navigation to throngs of musically inclined kids and adults. Lou Marino—a Buffalo Hall of Fame inductee who has drummed for legends including Billie Holiday and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra—draws on more than 50 years of stick-smacking sagacity as he introduces newbies to the art of the steady beat. Joe Childs uses a varied roster of Eric Clapton, Johnny Cash, and Pink Floyd tunes to motivate students as they master the fundamentals of the guitar, such as basic fretwork and how to light it on fire during particularly wild PowerPoint presentations. Boulevard also trains budding musicians in piano, brass, and woodwinds. Musical instruction can translate into boosted creativity and improved math skills.