The act of ivory tickling can cheer up a crowd, win over a love interest, or make a peaceful pachyderm feel significantly more like stampeding. Get your phalanges flowing with today's Groupon: for $49, you get one month of weekly private music lessons at Shannon Studios (a $100 value). Lessons are offered in voice, piano, bass, guitar, drums, recording, violin, and cello.
Under the tutelage of Shannon Studios’ trained professionals, burgeoning musicians master their instrument of choice during 30-minute one-on-one lessons taught inside a quaint house turned child-friendly studio with a dedicated drum room and recording area. The talented Kayle Grieman—lead singer of the electronic-rock band Bruder—leads stick-wielding novices to drumming glory by teaching them how to hold a beat, and vocalist instructor Ashley Shannon molds would-be warblers into veteran crooners. Axman Matthew Shannon draws on his touring experience to show students difficult stage-dive poses and how to shred while technically being asleep. A new addition to the staff, Carissa Murillo teaches four-stringed neophytes how to tuck chins, tune strings, and string bows before tackling difficult musical pieces for violin.
The studio boasts three play areas where children can practice their scales and their fan-mail penmanship, and a full kitchen houses food and drinks for snacks during extended jam sessions. The semiregular Family Jam show demonstrates the studio's family-friendly atmosphere, as families cozy up to the outdoor fireplace in the verdant backyard to listen and dance to the students’ tunes. Check for class times and programs here.