$20 for One Month of Weekly Group Music Lessons for Toddlers at Momentum School of Music ($50 Value)

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Group lessons for toddlers teach the basics of music and rhythm

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Promotional value expires 90 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Merchant's standard cancellation policy applies (any fees not to exceed Groupon price). Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Valid only for option purchased. Appointment required. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

  • $20 for one month of weekly group music lessons for toddlers ($50 value)

Sound Waves: Voices Swimming in the Air

Music and everything else we hear is made up of sound waves. Learn how pressure in the air transforms into sound with Groupon’s explanation.

Like the varying ripples in a pond after you skip a snapping turtle, sound travels in waves. When a guitarist plucks a note, for instance, the string causes the air molecules around it to vibrate, which in turn causes more molecules to vibrate, and on and on until the wave reaches your ears. The differences in the way we perceive these waves—that is, the variations of sound—are largely because of a few key characteristics:

  • Frequency: Defined as the speed at which each crest of the wave passes any given point, the frequency determines a sound’s pitch. Lower pitches have lower frequencies and spaced-out crests, whereas high frequencies appear as tight zig-zags.
  • Amplitude: How loud or intense a given sound is entirely depends on its amplitude, which is easily visualized as the height of the wave from crest to valley.
  • Medium: As a pressure wave, sound can travel through almost any medium, from water to solid rock, though each medium affects the speed (and distance) at which the wave can travel. A major exception is in a vacuum, where no air means no molecules to vibrate and propagate the wave.
  • Uniformity: For the most part, the distinction between our perception of a noise and a musical tone is based on how consistent the wave is: noise is unpredictable and jagged, like a choppy sea, while a tone flows steadily, like a tide lapping on the sand.

Though humans only evolved ears to make wearing funny glasses possible, the organs happen to bear a key side effect: they are delicately, exquisitely attuned to receive—and translate—sound waves. The dish-like shape of the ear helps direct the waves into the ear canal, where they eventually strike the eardrum—a thin, tiny membrane that vibrates at the same amplitude and frequency as the waves themselves. Next, a trio of tiny bones in the middle ear—in fact, the tiniest bones in the entire body—move in tandem with the vibrations, thereby transferring the pressure waves into mechanical energy.

From there, the wave travels through the fluid contained in a coiled tube known as the cochlea. This tube is lined with microscopic hair cells, each tuned to a specific frequency. When the frequency of the wave matches the right hair cell, a nerve impulse sends a message to the brain to interpret the sound. Through this instantaneous process, the transformation of air pressure to sound is complete, and we finally perceive the invisible miracle of a siren blaring at 3 a.m.

Customer Reviews

The Groupon advertisement led me to believe it was a music school for all ages. Although Dan the guitar teacher did give me lessons, the school is really just a classroom inside an elementary school. Everyone else who was taking classes were children and a few of their parents asked me what my child was there to learn. Dan's a great teacher but the location is bad.
Melissa M. · May 9, 2017
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Hi Melissa and thank you for your feedback! We are a music school for all ages and every level that happens to be nestled in a performing arts center where most of the clientele are children. With every music school, you will find a huge enrollment of kids due to a high volume of interest in pursuing and exploring new instruments. We totally understand how this can feel to an adult wanting to learn but we are a shared community catering to all abilities and all skill sets. As you mentioned, you received a great lesson from Dan and thats where our strengths are. Through our instructors. We want to make sure every student feels welcomed and leave feeling they accomplished something new. You are more than welcome to finish out your Groupon and try our location again. Thanks for the feedback and have a great weekend!
Merchant replied · July 14, 2017
My son really enjoyed his piano lessons at momentum! Great teachers!
Jodi K. · April 4, 2017
Very friendly staff with a nice facility
Jennifer S. · July 21, 2016

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