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 $29, you get four 30-minute music lessons at Vance Music (a $76 value). Students must provide their own instruments for all lessons except piano.
Instructors at Vance Music draw upon more than a century's worth of collective teaching experience to introduce children and adults to singing or musical expression on one of 21 instruments. During four consecutive weeks of 30-minute, one-on-one lessons, students learn about music history as they train fingers or pharynges to knock out a popular tune or classic commercial jingle of choice. As gray matter soaks up lessons in musical theory, digits deftly traverse black, white, and blue keys during piano lessons, strum melodiously on the strings of their own guitar, or emulate their favorite Clinton on the saxophone. Rookie players also earn recognition for hard work with student awards and may show off newly honed chops for family members at optional monthly practice recitals.
Instructors at Vance Music, including many members of the Vance family, draw on more than a century's worth of collective teaching experience to introduce children and adults to singing or musical expression. The school, which originally opened 60 years ago in Kansas City, teaches all styles while carrying on the tradition of classical music practiced by the Vance family's patriarch, Chester S. Vance, an accomplished pianist who toured with USO shows as a World War II veteran. Now, students at Vance can study 28 concentrations, including theory, composition, and performance with instrument or voice and experiment with varying styles of music without bringing an electric guitar into the shower.