Learning a musical instrument has multiple benefits: it provides a cathartic expression of emotion, can garner attention from the opposite sex, and lends conversation to blind dates with members of The Monkees. Solo your way into a pop star’s heart with today’s Groupon: for $40, you get four 30-minute music lessons at Seattle Drum School (a $140 value). This Groupon is valid at the locations on 15th Avenue Northeast and South Bailey Street . Lessons are available in drums, guitar, bass guitar, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, vocals, or DJ and turntable instruction. Students must provide their own instruments, though Seattle Drum School has a piano and drums on-site.
Seasoned by playing with some of the area’s most exciting bands, the talented maestros on staff at Seattle Drum School impart expert rhythmic and melodic instruction to aspiring musicians aged 4 and older. Across a dulcet quartet of private half-hour lessons, students can perfect the ideal pluck on a guitar or bass, or charm a snake coiled inside a fedora with the velvety bellow of a sultry saxophone. One-on-one instruction allows pupils ample opportunity to pummel their way across a drum set or confidently brush ivory keys in the school’s private practice rooms during piano classes. Sessions in trumpet and trombone are also available, as are tutorials that span the whirling landscape of a turntable and how to tunefully DJ parties, weddings, and fishing trips. Alternatively, students can hone choral tubes with vocal instruction helmed by the honeyed chops of a highly experienced crooner.
The L.A.B., Seattle Drum School’s private performance venue at its 15th Avenue location, hosts local concerts, gigs from its talented scholars, and silent mosh pits in an all-ages, nonsmoking, nondrinking environment.
Seattle Drum School
When Seattle Drum School owner and founder Steve Smith first began leading private lessons, bands such as Queen and Pink Floyd were just hitting their stride. That was nearly four decades ago, before air guitar became a legitimate art form, and well before Steve opened the doors to SDS in 1986. Since then, though, Steve has fostered the school into a thriving music institution, and one that currently boasts a faculty of more than 40 talented teachers. Such a large staff translates into an equally diverse selection of lessons for students, who can hone their skills in everything from guitar, piano, and voice to saxophone, turntables, and, of course, drums.