If humans never learned to domesticate wild instruments, roving bands of discordant woodwinds would wander shopping malls and pianos would block traffic as they shuffled morosely across the street. Get acquainted with housebroken instruments with today's Groupon: for $32, you get one month (one half-hour session/week) of private music lessons at Noel Community Arts Program (a $65 value), located at Noel Memorial United Methodist Church.
Noel Community Arts Program’s melodious mentors train musicians age 2 and older in individualized lessons, covering scores of orchestral instruments. Many instructors possess music degrees, and pass on their tuneful knowledge to young ears through one-on-one introductory lessons on basic instrument technique, fundamental music theory, and how to play sheet music backward to create romantic comedy soundtracks. Children 7 years and older (5- and 6-year-olds can audition for lessons) can tickle the ivories or cheer up a mournful guitar with a few gentle strums. Students in sixth grade or above can bend strings on a violin or coax melodies from woodwinds such as the saxophone. In small-group beginning-music sessions, mini maestros age 2–6 can delve into basic concepts of music or do character research for early Beethoven biopics. Students must provide their own instruments.
Noel Community Arts Program’s complex offers plenty of excitement, and waiting students, patient siblings, and the perfectly pitched whistles of wandering breezes can play a quick game of pool or nap on a cozy ping-pong table. The program is not for profit, with funds going toward teaching costs and partial or full scholarships for those who cannot afford class fees.