Studies show that children who don't learn to play a musical instrument often try to eat one. Save offspring and adults alike from an awkward doctor's visit with today's Groupon: for $60, you get a month’s worth of lessons (four classes) at Hillside Music (up to a $140 value). Call ahead for reservations, which are subject to availability from 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Classes usually run $30–$35 per half-hour, depending on instructor experience.
Hillside Music brings the joy of struck keys and twanged strings to Anchorage children and adults, with individualized instruction in a wide variety of styles and instruments. Owner David McCormick leads a staff of experienced and well-educated musicians, each of who has mastered the piano, guitar, violin, fiddle, bass, cello, viola, mandolin, or fish-bone xylophone (available to octopi only). These teachers target each one-on-one session to their student, focusing on any type of music they want to play, be it bluegrass, classical, or modern rock. From the very first lesson, budding musicians learn to play their favorite songs, or, failing that, their least-hated ad jingles. At the end of the fourth class, David and company encourage their charges to find future bandmates by joining in Hillside’s group sessions or recitals.
Alaska School of Music
Alaska School of Music's savvy instructors fill inquiring noggins with the know-how to channel rock, classical, pop, and folk styles while shredding on a choice of different popular instruments, including piano, guitar, and violin. One-on-one lessons, offered for students ages 4 and up, eliminate tensions that may arise between multiple students who want to name their guitar Steve. Musical mavens tailor lessons to the appropriate pace and musical interests of each pupil, focusing on student-selected songs as opposed to the curriculum proposed in Beethoven's instructional DVDs.
Bayshore / Klatt
11001 O'Malley Centre Dr.
Anchorage, Alaska 99515Get Directions