As a parent the idea of planning my child’s education causes some angst. I’ve spent more time researching pre-, secondary and high schools for her than I ever did applying to colleges. What quickly became evident is that schools have been as much effected by our economies recession as anyone. Budgets are being cut across the board and the sad reality is that enrichment classes such as music and arts are the some of the first to go. Classes sizes are becoming larger, increasing the student to teacher ratio and our kids are not getting the individualized attention that many of them need. Clearly this isn’t the case with every school in America, but the vast majority, especially those in rural areas with less school-of-choice options have been affected tremendously.
A child’s education is the most valuable tool any parent will ever give them. Lack of enrichment classes and one on one time in schools means parents need to get more creative about obtaining a well rounded education. One such resources for parents is TakeLessons.com. This website connects students and families with private music teachers, art instructors and even academic tutors throughout the US.
What’s great about the service is that it doesn’t just allow anyone to get on the list. All of the tutors complete an extensive hiring process, including multiple interviews, academic testing, reference checks, and annual criminal background checks.The website also assist with scheduling, initial coordination with the instructor, and billing – so all you have to worry about is enjoying your lessons! The also offer a 100% Money Back Guarantee. If you’re not satisfied with your first lesson, they will find you another teacher, or refund all of your original purchase price, including the first lesson.
In addition to traditional in home or in studio lessons, the website also offers online lessons – all you need is a computer with a webcam, a Skype account, and a good Internet connection. This is perfect for busy families like ours who travel often. There are over 30 lesson types available, including guitar, singing, piano, drums, violin, dance, acting, and academic tutoring. Lesson prices vary depending on location and length. Whether you’re just starting out or you have been taking lessons for a while there are teachers available for all ages and skill levels. You can also switch your schedule, teacher, or instrument at any time.
Now through Tuesday, May 28th TakeLessons.com is offering 20% off all lessons packages with special promotional code MUSICMOM1. Use this code on the Quarterly package (book 12 lessons, get 1 free) and the deal gets even sweeter. But they also offer month-to-month and flex packages. You can book online, or call at 619-618-7441 to talk through options and pricing with a Student Counselor.
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