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 $30, you get four 45-minute beginner group piano classes at Every Family Needs Music.
Every Family Needs Music's learning center makes the 88-keyed world of the piano accessible for beginning Beethovens 9 years of age and older. During each 45-minute group piano lesson, the eighth-note-savvy staff of Every Family Needs Music focuses on recreational music-making and helping each piano player to gain confidence and a dedicated fan base. Four stress-free lessons take place over the course of one month as students and peers share the experience of developing rhythmic security with a handful of other burgeoning maestros. Pupils receive a music book with enrollment and learn to play samples from collections such as Musical Moments, Way Cool Keyboarding, and Christmas Moments, giving students months to hone piano renditions of "Jingle Bells, Batman Smells." Check the class schedule for available music-mastering times.
Every Family Needs Music
Owner Mike Urquhart takes his business's name to heart: the learning center draws on the talents of three generations of Urquharts, from his business-manager father all the way down to his grade-school-aged daughter Julia, who assists with piano lessons and administration. Signs bearing messages such as "No practicing: only play for fun" and "Mistakes are always welcome" embody the teachers' philosophy that no amount of technical skill can substitute for the sheer joy of playing, singing, and finally figuring out how to snap the fingers on both hands at once. The school's specialty group classes—some held in the new, 2,500-square-foot piano learning center—foster self-confidence with weekly performance opportunities, and the curriculum of songs can include anything from classical compositions to classical rock.
Brooklyn Action Corps
1440 SE Powell Blvd.
Portland, Oregon 97202