Guitar lessons are one of the rare activities that can provide unbeatable value for money if you choose your lessons provider carefully. Learning the guitar (or any other instrument for that matter) can literally change your whole outlook on life and give you a skill to practice, build on and, with time and discipline, eventually master. It doesn’t just develop the creative side of your brain but also improves your coordination and dexterity. Put simply… it makes you smarter.
Contrary to what you might think you don’t have to remortgage your house or live on tuna and rice for the next year to be able to afford guitar lessons. There are ways to reduce the cost…
1. Sign up for a free introductory lesson
Take advantage of our free intro lessons and try before you buy. Those lessons are a good opportunity to see how we do things here at the Guitar Training Centre and to get acquainted with the teacher. Open days are usually scheduled a few weeks in advance so keep an eye out for them.
2. Look out for special offers
Every once in a while we come up with a ridiculous special offer to encourage our fence-sitting future students to take the plunge and join us for a few hours of serious musical fun. You can save anywhere up to 20% on your guitar course depending on the offer but these do not come up that often so make sure you check our website, Facebook page or Blog regularly.
3. Bring a friend or a sibling
The Guitar Training Centre offers a standard 10% discount to any members of the same family attending lessons. So that’s good. Even better though is if you sign up with a friend, you both get 10% off your chosen courses. Another great way to save.
4. Shop around
We hold the view that music should be accessible to all and the cost of learning should not be so prohibitive as to enable only a select few to have access to it. With this is mind we strive to keep our fees as low as possible and we pride ourselves on having the most competitive prices around. Shop around and you’ll see what we mean.
So there you have it. Half a dozen ways to save on your guitar lessons just by keeping your eyes open.
Plus, here’s a bonus way for you to get your guitar course completely free!
5. Gift voucher
For your next special day just ask for a Gift Voucher for guitar lessons. Unlike an Xbox or a bottle of perfume it will last you a lifetime and will make you discover a talent within you didn’t even know was there.
Confucius said that ‘… the urge to reach our full potential is the key that will unlock the door to personal excellence.’
We’ve all experienced it at some point in our lives: that strong need to explore new horizons and challenge ourselves so that we may grow and move up that seemingly never ending ladder of personal development. Our restlessness in the face of idleness is what makes us human and far from being suppressed it should be celebrated and, perhaps more importantly, acted upon in a timely fashion so as to increase the boundaries of our natural creativity.
Most people think of January as a dreary month: long, dark and cold with nothing to do but count the days until the next bank holiday weekend; the inevitable low after the indulgences of the past weeks. But does January really deserve this bad rap or do we make it miserable just by thinking it so? Is it the case that we make too much of the things we think we should be doing while not paying enough attention to the things we would really like to do?
The good folks at the Guitar Training Centre would like to help you think of January not as a month of ‘new opportunities’ where you set yourself some absurdly unrealistic goals for the year to come, but as the start of YOUR quest for personal excellence (and that can mean whatever you want it to mean!). Think not of this transforming process as ‘change’ necessarily, but as adding a string to your bow, or an arrow to your quiver, or [insert favourite metaphor here].
Okay. Enough of the psycho-babble. Now for the really good news. We have 2 sizzling winter offers to help you start on your journey to just feeling good about yourself:
1. FREE INTRODUCTORY LESSON
You know what they say about ‘A journey of a thousand miles…’. Well yours starts here.
2. 10% OFF ANY 12 WEEK COURSE
Book any 12 week course before the 31 January 2016 and get 10% off your fees. *
Take advantage of those 2 offers and you could get 13 weeks professional tuition for the price of 11!
So don’t delay, book your FREE intro lesson today by calling us and give us a chance to show you what could be.
* Only applies to new students. Offer ends 31 January 2016.
For more information on the benefits of learning a musical instrument take a look at our blog post on this fascinating subject here.
You’ll find a rake of studies out there that focus on the neurological benefits of prolonged music education, but with the squeezing of school budgets and the constant belt-tightening of parents due to economic pressure many children do not get the chance to spend years in music education. Whereas a few years ago every second child you met seemed to be becoming quite the expert at some instrument or other, the reality is it is becoming increasingly difficult for parents to afford the relatively high fees for private tuition and musical students’ learning has become sporadic at best. So with that in mind are there any health benefits to be gained by short term learning (apart from the obvious enjoyment of music of course) or are these only reserved to the elite?
Well according to a study recently published in the Journal of Neuroscience it seems that just a few short years of music training can have a significant impact on the auditory brain. A team of researchers at the Northwestern University’s Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory in Illinois studied the responses of a group of adults to complex frequencies and found that the adults who had learned music in their childhood had a better ability to pull fundamental frequencies from various sounds and were generally more responsive to the test tones they heard.
Additionally a study at Brown University by the American Association for the Advancement of Science concluded that music positively affects children and adults of all ages by building intellectual and emotional skills. More specifically children who play musical instruments have better abstract reasoning skills and spatial-temporal IQs than children who do not have musical training. Musically inclined children learn to concentrate, memorize, and be patient. It also helps them to build self esteem and confidence as well as improving their communication skills.
I hate to state the obvious but with such conclusive evidence of the positive impact of musical training why is music still considered such an extra-curricular activity, and why is it not on the same plane (or even higher?) as Maths, or English, or History? I will admit to a certain bias but while it is true that scientific research can sometimes be misleading, when all the signs point in the same direction maybe it’s time to do a u-turn and think about following them.