The act of ivory tickling can cheer up a crowd, win over a love interest, or make a peaceful pachyderm feel significantly more like stampeding. Get your phalanges flowing with today's Groupon: for $55, you get four half-hour music lessons at Falls Church Music Conservatory in Falls Church (a $110 value).
The experienced instructors at Falls Church Music Conservatory impart aspiring musicians with note-hitting knowhow through 30-minute music lessons in a variety of instruments. During each one-on-one session, students fill their brain sponges with thorough instruction in their choice of instrument from a varied selection including piano, guitar, drums, musical yelling, flute, voice, and violin. The diversely talented instructors can tailor each lesson to a specific musical style such as classical, jazz, and Latin. To break down cultural barriers, many staff members are fluent in both English and Spanish, and a select few also posses the ability to control animals via flute sonata.
Students can rent instruments and music at an additional fee.
Falls Church Music Conservatory
Founder-director Isabel Benemelis grew up in Cuba, surrounded by the mambo tunes and Afro-Cuban rhythms that earned the country its reputation as a musical hot spot. At age 4 she took up the piano, and by 7 she found herself "mesmerized by the music of Beethoven, Chopin, and Bach" whenever it hit her ears. This immersion in multiple genres influenced Benemelis when she built her school from oboe reeds in 1995: faculty members specialize in classical music, but ably veer into jazz and Latin scores if students have an interest. During one-on-one, 30-minute lessons, they teach adults and children older than age 4 to play piano, guitar, saxophone, bongos, and a host of other instruments. In keeping with the school’s multidisciplinary roots, many instructors are also fluent in English and Spanish.