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 two one-hour hand-percussion group lessons at Explorers Percussion, located on Wornall Road (a $50 value). Classes are currently held on Saturdays at 10 a.m. and Thursdays at 7 p.m., but extra times will be added as participants increase.
Hosting classes within a storefront overflowing with percussion instruments ranging from bongos to djembes to gongs, Explorers Percussion's hand-percussion group lessons congregate a curious coterie of percussionists to explore a vast assortment of international drums and drumming styles. Over the course of two one-hour lessons, Explorers' expert percussionists cover the basic rhythmic concepts intrinsic to instruments from the Middle East, Africa, and Cuba. Every lesson concludes with a group drum circle, which melds a harmonious medley of diverse sounds and styles. Explorers' lessons are perfect for first timers or veteran rhythm keepers interested in international styles, and the 8,000-square-foot store stocks anything satisfied stick-wielders would need to start their own eight-piece percussion band devoted to Eddie Murphy's music career.