Studies show that children who get a music education early in life are less likely to stick up convenience stores with a bassoon. Keep their life on a more melodious path with today's Groupon. For $45, you'll get four 30-minute music lessons at Sound Roots School of Modern Music. Today's deal is perfect for kids of any age, and adults are welcome as well. Students must select a single instrument for the entire lesson plan and provide their own instrument.
The longtime dream of its musician founders, Fara and Chris Heath, Sound Roots' curriculum is designed to provide the one-on-one tutoring that your kids may not be getting in Portland's underfunded public-school music program. Sound Roots' teachers offer more than 100 total years of experience in piano, guitar, violin, brass, bass, and even banjo. But don't expect any of them to look like the lady who gave you a cake made out of toffee after every piano lesson. These vibrant, eclectic instructors come from all walks of life and will happily help kids of any age add jazz, punk, and funk influences to their playing. If you don't see an instrument listed, Sound Roots can find an instructor for it among their contacts in the musical community.
If your child needs extra practice or is attempting to master a particularly challenging instrument like the theremin or the uilleann pipes, you can upgrade to 55-minute lessons for an extra $60. And if you live in fear that a coworker will one day call you on your claims of being a celebrated harpsichordist, you might want to buy a few private lessons for yourself.
Citysearchers give Sound Roots School five stars:
- My 7 year old daughter spent a week here during spring break. She loved it! Teachers are wonderful and it's just all around great fun! – AmyA, Citysearch
- I especially like the choice of songs because while they mix in the ol' stand-bys (ABC's & Twinkle, Twinkle), they also incorporate songs we adults enjoy by the Beatles and Bob Marley and others. – BBMama, Citysearch
- The age diversity is great for the younger one and older kids. They all learn from one another! The teacher is super enthusiastic, but also knows how to deal with shy kiddos. – mamaof1, Citysearch
For centuries, many scientists and philosophers believed that humans were the only animals who appreciated music, but new studies have shown that many other animals can not only appreciate music, but even make it themselves. Here are some of the other animals with a love of music:
- Birds: Birds use their songs to attract mates, to alert fellow birds, and to subconsciously implant false memories in humans, mainly involving inaccurate recollections of being raised or birthed by birds. Such false memories are designed to encourage humans to gain the inborn power of flight, powered either by currently unused portions of the brain or by evolving into winged monstrosities.
- Whales: Whales developed complex vocal patterns because the great speed at which sound travels underwater makes songs an ideal form of communication. Most whale songs translate to some variation of "I just ate a dolphin."
- Koalas: Yes, they have songs. Beautiful songs that any human would kill to hear! But they are wary of humans and the only way to hear their songs, which sound like a harp being played by a sentient stream of water, is to gain entrance to their society by wearing bright colors and strutting to attract female koalas as mates for oneself.
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