Today’s side deal helps youngsters hone their music skills and maintain a lively tempo: for $35, you get $110 worth of music instruction at Martier Music Academy in Aspinwall. Students can apply their Groupon to private lessons, Kindermusik classes, or Rockstar Camp. There is a one-time new-student registration fee of $50 for Kindermusik classes, which is waived during the months of July and August.
At the Martier Music Academy, kids can nurture discipline, commitment, and confidence while benefiting from the expert instruction of a professional staff of deft-fingered musicians, such as Joe Grushecky, Pete Hewlett, and the Grammy-nominated percussionist Ron Beitle. Private lessons allow kids between seven and 14 years old to attend weekly half-hour ($100 per month) or one-hour ($180 per month) instructional sessions, and are available for piano, guitar, drums, voice, and performance. Kindermusik classes help boost the development of children ages seven or younger while offering several different programs, including Young Child, designed for kids between five and seven years old ($90 per month for four months).
Additionally, Rockstar Camp ($699) takes place in August and allows participants to design a rockin’ set list with band mates before performing at the Battle of the Bands on Friday, August 13. Bands will receive headshots, posters, and logos before taking the stage at a Pittsburgh club to show off their skills in front of an experienced cabal of judges who have toured with musicians such as Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen. Winners will receive 24 hours of recording time in a studio and the opportunity to audition with a major label.
Call ahead to schedule classes.