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 him in squash. Catch up to Mozart's accomplishments with today's Groupon: for $69, you get four 30-minute private music lessons on one instrument or voice at Hollywood Academy of Music, with locations on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood and Riverside Drive in North Hollywood (a $138 value).
With extensive performance credentials and training from top music schools, the virtuosos behind Hollywood Academy of Music offer instruction in a variety of melody makers. During private lessons for adults or kids, budding Bernsteins can pursue songwriting, while the instrument inclined can master solos on the piano, keyboard, guitar, voice, drums, violin, bass guitar, flute, clarinet, sax, trumpet, oboe, cello, bassoon, trombone, French horn, tuba, air guitar, or air xylophone. In a professional studio environment, students hone harmony, scale new scales, and learn in a fun but structured style that emphasizes tangible results. Instructors customize classes according to the abilities and goals of their pupils, even helping adults realize their dreams of touring the world with a 12-piece polka band.
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Hollywood Academy of Music
At Hollywood Academy of Music, youthful exuberance mingles with experienced instruction by university-trained teachers during private and group lessons, camps, and clinics. Individual lessons in more than a dozen instruments teach students to strum a guitar's strings, tickle a piano's keys, or purée beats with a kitchen blender. In group classes such as the School of Rock Band 101, teachers help groups of kids or adults grasp band basics, and in the Recording Artist program students learn to create and release their own self-produced CD on software they can use at home. Hollywood Academy of Music also helps students and the general public to hone their tune tutelage at free monthly clinics that range from songwriting to wailing the ran-out-of-matching-socks blues on a guitar.
Sessions take place in air-conditioned studios equipped with observation windows and high-quality pianos, guitar amps, and drums. Instructors also work with aspiring entertainers to help them put together a vocal repertoire, with some students advancing to compete on shows such as American Idol and The Voice.