At the age at which most children learn to speak, Mozart had already composed four symphonies, restored 11 classic cars, and built a robot to play against in squash. Catch up to Mozart's accomplishments with today's Groupon: for $29, you get four private music lessons with use of an instrument included at Falls River Music in North Raleigh (a $96 value).
Falls River Music bestows the gift of musical knowledge upon students of all ages and abilities in a variety of instruments and styles. During half-hour private lessons, an experienced instructor will teach students the basics in drums, violin, guitar, bass, or trumpet, with students having full use of instruments during lessons. Although not required, instruments are available for rent or purchase, allowing youngsters to practice songs at home or have an inanimate companion that sits and watches them do homework. Falls River Music is also home to a fully wired stage for recitals and Tuesday open mics, giving students the opportunity to get on stage and perform their favorite compositions. Parents can wait in the lounge during lessons, which hosts a fully stocked coffee bar and couches comfy enough to foster a mid-drum solo nap.
Falls River Music
The dedicated musicians at Falls River Music help students create beautiful notes during private weekly music instruction with a brigade of professional instruments. During 30-minute drum, guitar, violin, bass, or trumpet lessons, children or adults work toward personal goals, such as learning how to read music or mastering solos that erase “Freebird” from minds. Falls River Music provides instruments for use during classes, which, though not required, students may rent for home practice at an additional cost.
When not practicing their tuneful arts, musicians can send in their stringed instruments for expert repairs or test out new sounds plucked from the shop's large selection of acoustic and electric guitars, amplifiers, and effects pedals. Falls River Music offers a 14-day trial period after purchase of new equipment, encouraging musicians to fully explore their new sonic possibilities before declaring themselves satisfied.
The musical menagerie also hosts a full coffee bar and lounge area, where parents may relax during children's lessons. Falls River Music also allows intermediate-level students to put their skills to use each Saturday at 1:30 pm at a two-hour jam session ($10/hour), which may include performances or recording with other musicians and note aficionados.