Placing a microphone near a drum set can accidentally reveal the squeak of a faulty foot pedal or a private conversation between gossipy drumsticks. Amplify your appendages with today’s Groupon: for $40, you get four 30-minute private percussion lessons at the Academy of the Percussive Arts in Bartlett (a $100 value).
Experienced instructors at the Academy of the Percussive Arts shepherd fledgling stick handlers through the art of tempo keeping and rhythmic music. Musicians of any age are invited to place a stool or barber chair behind the beat box of their choice before unlocking the hidden wonders within. Each 30-minute one-on-one session follows a personalized curriculum determined by the student’s goals. Lessons focus on the arena-rousing drum kit, but also include instruments from across the percussive spectrum, such as the rumbling timpani, the melodic marimba, the snappy marching snare, and the erratic popcorn popper. Course materials and instruments are provided, freeing students from the challenge of persuading homebody drum sets to leave their comfortable digs.