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Gift Ideas That Last a Lifetime

Happy Holidays with Music Blocks

Looking for gift ideas that last a lifetime? MAP Guitar and Music+Code instructor reflects upon how sustained music lessons has improved his own life, as well as the lives of his students. The conclusion to a study referenced by the National Association of Music Merchants is included, which suggests music class/lesson participation contributes to a healthier lifestyle in youth.

A Great Education Lasts a Lifetime

When I look at what some of my students have done, I can really see that “a great education lasts a lifetime”. Some of my (older) students have been admitted to top schools for music, such as San Francisco Conservatory, and other (younger) students have been admitted into top, exclusive high schools of their choice.

When I look at my own life, the same is true. The private lessons I took as a youth gave me so much. I was able to attend the colleges of my choice as well, as a direct result of the lessons I consistently took with Jeremy Mayne. I have been able to perform in the world’s best concert halls, and together with the world’s best musicians.

And for those who may be skeptical because you do not expect your son or daughter to concentrate in music in college, I want to share a little bit more about what music has given me.

One thing that music gave me during my formative years is a healthy way to express myself. During high school, I practiced the guitar very intensely. When my friends got together for a social gathering, I would join them, of course, but I would always bring my guitar. This gave me a healthy way to have fun, as well as entertain others, at the social event. There has been research to show that students who participate in (continuous) music study live healthier, happier drug-free lives.

In the past, secondary students who participated in a music group at school reported the lowest lifetime and current use of all substances (tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs).

5 VH1: Save the Music. “The Benefits of Music Education.” VH1: Save the Music. Accessed February 24, 2015. (Referenced in this NAMM Facts and Quotes Article Published in 2018.)

This makes a lot of sense as music is social, entertaining, mentally stimulating, and more–all at the same time! Playing and making music is a great way to be social, and a very healthy, smart way to express one’s self!

Gift Ideas in Music, Art, and Programming

I know you have a lot of choices for what to get your loved ones for the Holidays this year. Toys and games and movie passes are all great fun, and I agree kids should have those things! However, I want you to consider also including the gift of music, art, and programming.

At MAP, you have a few options this giving season. Please read on for some gift ideas from us to you.

Larger Limited-Offer Gift Passes

These limited offers (announced here) give the gift of months worth of lessons and classes in music, art, and programming at MAP Family Learning Center–both online and in-person.

These offers are at our absolute best prices, and the deals end November 30th.

180 Credits
Only 15 Available at this Price
Save 24.24%
18 Private Lessons, 30 Group Classes
Commit now for a Big Discount
Book via Self-Serve
All Private Lessons Included
All Group Classes Included
Sharing Sessions Included
Save $13.33 per 30 minute Lesson over the Current Private Lesson Rate
Save $8 per Class over the Current Group Class Rate
Does not expire until 400 days after purchase
Purchase Now
240 Credits
Only 10 Available at this Price
Save 31.82%
24 Private Lessons, 40 Group Classes
Commit now for a Bigger Discount
Book via Self-Serve
All Private Lessons Included
All Group Classes Included
Sharing Sessions Included
Save $17.50 per Lesson 30 minute over the Current Private Lesson Rate
Save $10.50 per Class over the Current Group Class Rate
Does not expire until 400 days after purchase
Purchase Now
600 Credits
Only 5 Available at this Price
Save 39.39%
60 Private Lessons, 100 Group Classes
Commit now for The Best Discount
Book via Self-Serve
All Private Lessons Included
All Group Classes Included
Sharing Sessions Included
Save $21.67 Per 30 minute Lesson over the Current Private Lesson Rate
Save $13 Per Class over the Current Group Class Rate
Does not expire until 400 days after purchase
Does not expire until 700 days after purchase!
Purchase Now

Ongoing Private Lesson Gift Passes

These year-long offers give the gift of months worth of private lessons (both online and in-person) at a discounted rate.

12 Lessons or More
Save 5%
~3 months of lessons
Great Gift Item!
For use on any private lessons from any MAP instructor
Book Lessons via Self-Serve
Purchase Now
24 Lessons or More
Save 10%
~6 months of lessons
Great Gift Item!
For use on any private lessons from any MAP instructor
Book Lessons via Self-Serve
Purchase Now
48 Lessons or More
Save 15%
~12 months of lessons
Great Gift Item!
For use on any private lessons from any MAP instructor
Book Lessons via Self-Serve
Sibling Discount Available to Extend to 20% Savings (Inquire to info@mapflc.com for coupon)
Purchase Now

Give the Gift that Lasts a Lifetime!

Thank you for reading how music helps youth during their formative years, including a little bit about how it has helped me and my own students. I hope to share more about the efficacy of a quality education in the months to come. Happy Holidays!

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Save Time and Money with These Limited Offers (Black Friday 2021)

We are excited to announce a limited-time offer to help families save time and money for their year-end** and 2022 classes!

Important Note: In accordance with this year’s important Pricing and Policy Updates, there are differences between last year’s Special Offers and this year’s. Please read carefully.

What Parents Are Saying about Booking Credits

This is the second year that we are making this special offer for students to purchase lessons in bulk to save time and money. All participating students have reported their satisfaction.

And thanks for the heads up about the credits!  […] I think it’s good then as I can see both Heather and Nathan have been learning a lot of guitar skills.  The credits worked pretty well.  Would you continue to offer the same credits for us?  This way will save me time to track their lessons as the way to keep them continuously learning.

Betty, Parent of Two Sibling Students of MAP

How does this offer save us money?

We have three tiers of pricing, which can save you between 24.24% and 39.39% on the standard half-hour private lesson and hour group class rate.

Please note that because the booking credit ratios are the same to the pricing ratios of all base prices, that the percentage discount reflects both private lessons as well as group classes. In other words, 24.24% savings means you get that discount for private lessons as well as group classes. No need to worry whether you are getting the best value choosing one over the other.

Note: The only additional consideration may be for students that would otherwise receive sibling or (new) “Oyako” (parent and child) discounts, in which case, you would already be eligible for a 15% discount for group classes and a 20% discount for bulk purchases of 48 private lessons or more. Please see Updates to Pricing and Policy for more information. For Sibling and Oyako students, the 240 booking credit or 600 booking credit is the best option (See “Is there a Sibling Discount” below for more information).

Special OfferTotal Value of Private Lessons or Group LessonsBlack Friday Pricing (until Nov. 30th)Total Dollar SavingsPercentage Savings
600 Booking Credits Option$3300$2000$130039.39%
240 Booking Credits Option$1320$900$42031.82%
180 Booking Credits Option$990$750$24024.24%
Comparison of This Year’s Black Friday Special Offerings

How does this offer save us time?

Most families are making class payments once every two months. These packages offer approximately a year (depending on how often you take classes) of classes. Pay once, and enjoy classes for the long-term.

Is there a Sibling Discount?

No. However, if you purchase the 240 booking credit package or 600 booking credit package the rate is lower than any sibling rate we offer (i.e. up to $20 instead of $25, a savings of 20% over the sibling rate).

When does this Deal End?

This offer ends November 30th. Also, please note that we are only offering a limited stock of these items at their sale price (details below).

**When can I start using my credits?

You can start using your credits anytime. You may not, however, use credits to pay for classes in which you are already enrolled.

Can I use this with all classes?

You may use your credits for all classes with Ms. Chie, Mr. Devin, Drums with Carl Puglisi, and Music+Code classes — both private and group classes. All sharing sessions for the duration of enrollment are included. Classes with 3rd party instructors (e.g. not mentioned above) may be priced differently. For those instructors, participation in this offer is on a case-by-case basis because those instructors set their own prices.

Important change: This year, private lessons cost 10 credits and group classes are 6. The former reflects changes announced in our pricing and policy updates. The latter is unchanged. Please read our recent Pricing and Policy Updates for more information about this change and why it has been implemented.

Where are the 2022 Group Class Offerings Published?

Group classes for 2022 are published at https://mapflc.com/map-class-and-lesson-offerings/ If you would like a different time, or would like to request a specific class please email us at info@mapflc.com

Thank you!

That’s it. We hope that this helps. Cheers!

180 Credits
Only 15 Available at this Price
Save 24.24%
18 Private Lessons, 30 Group Classes
Commit now for a Big Discount
Book via Self-Serve
All Private Lessons Included
All Group Classes Included
Sharing Sessions Included
Save $13.33 per 30 minute Lesson over the Current Private Lesson Rate
Save $8 per Class over the Current Group Class Rate
Does not expire until 400 days after purchase
Purchase Now
240 Credits
Only 10 Available at this Price
Save 31.82%
24 Private Lessons, 40 Group Classes
Commit now for a Bigger Discount
Book via Self-Serve
All Private Lessons Included
All Group Classes Included
Sharing Sessions Included
Save $17.50 per Lesson 30 minute over the Current Private Lesson Rate
Save $10.50 per Class over the Current Group Class Rate
Does not expire until 400 days after purchase
Purchase Now
600 Credits
Only 5 Available at this Price
Save 39.39%
60 Private Lessons, 100 Group Classes
Commit now for The Best Discount
Book via Self-Serve
All Private Lessons Included
All Group Classes Included
Sharing Sessions Included
Save $21.67 Per 30 minute Lesson over the Current Private Lesson Rate
Save $13 Per Class over the Current Group Class Rate
Does not expire until 400 days after purchase
Does not expire until 700 days after purchase!
Purchase Now