Playing the piano is a skill that will serve you through your entire life, like safe cracking, horse punching, and toddler juggling. Add to your resumé with today's Groupon: For $70, you get eight level-one group lessons and accompanying class materials from Play Piano in a Flash, with classes held at Piano Kraft in Little Rock (a $199 value).
Designed by Emmy Award–winner and PBS-featured pianist Scott “The Piano Guy” Houston, Play Piano in a Flash instructor Don Nichols uses a quick and simple format to teach aspiring ticklers of ivory the basics of piano in a nontraditional format. The group classes of around 10–20 students foster a collaborative environment in which a teacher uses an overhead camera to demonstrate chord positions, useful techniques, and little-known shadow puppets like the wallowing lemur, which students can then emulate at individual practice stations. The simple philosophy teaches new disciples and piano latecomers to play chords and harmonies using the left hand and to walk through a melody of individual notes with the right. The eight-week course is intended to provide graduates the ability to read and play popular, listenable tunes, such as "Poker Face" in the style of Yanni.
A variety of open start dates is available, so aspiring cabaret artists can get to thrilling the masses that much sooner. Course materials will be handed out at the first class, and students must complete their eight lessons in eight consecutive weeks. Each class lasts one hour and meets at the same time and day of the week as the first session.