At the age at which most children learn to speak, Mozart had already composed four symphonies, restored 11 classic cars, and built a robot to play against in squash. Catch up to Mozart's accomplishments 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.
The instructors at Vance Music draw from more than 100 years of collective experience to acquaint students with nearly every member of the philharmonic family. During the course of four consecutive weekly lessons, students can learn octave-encompassing chromatic scales and favorite songs or opt for a music-comp or theory class to finally finish a song-cycle about the perils of online dating. In addition to stringed instruments, woodwinds, horns, piano, guitar, and accordion, students can reduce static in throat-radios with professional singing lessons. Students star in monthly recitals showcasing newly acquired instrumental skills for families, friends, and record-label scouts disguised as kindly grandmothers.
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.