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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
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MAP Students Showcase at Open House

MAP Student showcases his work

Last Sunday, we had an open house event, which was open to the public. MAP students showcased what they have learned at MAP over the past few months.

MAP students performed music and showcased for each other, as well as visitors from the general public. Each student contributed to the activity in some way. When we were finished, I compiled a video of their showcased work. Please check out the following video to see what the kids are doing.

MAP Student Showcase Video

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Student Showcase from Jan. Open House

What are the Kids Learning?

MAP students are learning so much in their classes. Of course, they are learning music, art, and computer programming, and they are studying with some of the most knowledgeable instructors in their respective fields. However, here at MAP we understand that students need a holistic education. That is why, included with lesson packages, students are invited to perform weekly in sharing sessions.

Weekly Sharing Sessions

How many times have you learned something only to find out that you were not able to use what you learning? Performance, showcasing, and portfolios should be a central part of everyone’s education. We do not understand something until we try to show what we learned to others. This is one of the many reasons that we offer weekly sharing sessions.

2nd Graders are the “Makers” of their own Games

Near the end of the video, one of the students says of his game, “I am the maker”. It is amazing to hear this 2nd grader describing himself this way. Imagine a world where kids envision themselves as the creators and the makers of their technology. This is categorically different than kids passively playing video games. Our Music+Code classes empower kids to participate in the creation their technology. Led by the legendary instructor Walter Bender, who co-founded One Laptop Per Child and Sugar Labs, these students really learn how to dominate their computers, while having fun in the process.

Interested in Learning More?

You can always feel free to contact us from this site, by phone, or email.

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Art Student Showcase

We have posted a lot of student performances over the past few months, but would like to take a moment to acknowledge our students’ art. Amelia is doing great work!

Amelia is taking both Art and Music and MAP Family Learning Center, and she is doing amazing work. Check out her latest work in the gallery below.

Amelia has been taking art classes at MAP since we opened in 2019. When the pandemic started, the group classes turned into private lessons. She continued with these online private lessons and has made remarkable progress.

The painting featured at the very top of this post was made over the summer, and the three paintings above were sent early December. You can see quite the progress Amelia has made.

Amelia studies art with MAP instructor, Chie Yasuda. You can see Chie’s art on her website at www.chieyasuda.com

Please follow us to continue to receive updates on MAP student art.

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Steel String and Nylon String Performances by Cameron

MAP guitar student Cameron sent in these wonderful videos to share with everyone. Please enjoy!

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MAP Student Cameron Performs Secret Place

Some Background: Cameron started studying in 2015 with MAP Instructor, Devin Ulibarri. At that time, Cameron had studied guitar for a few months with another instructor but had not yet learned to read music. Mr. Devin taught Cameron how to read music on guitar, finger-style technique, and even worked together with Cameron to create some arrangements of video game music. It is amazing to thing that in 5 years time, he has made this much progress. Way to go, Cameron!

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Two New Student Videos (Younger Sibling)

The previous post featured the older sibling in this family who has been joining lessons from India over the past few months. She plays “Andantino” and “Country Dance” (from Royal Conservatory Books) for us here. She is really playing quite well!

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Student Performance of Andantino
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Two New Student Videos (older sibling)

Check out these two new videos by a MAP guitar student. She is doing great and has been joining us weekly for classes from India!

She performs two pieces for us from the Royal Conservatory Books (Level 2). The first is “Andante” and the 2nd is “Tango Pour Mario”. Way to go with these challenging pieces.

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Student performance of Andante

Next, I will publish videos from this student’s younger sibling. Stay tuned!

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Save Time and Money with These Limited Offers

We are excited to announce a limited-time offer to help families save time and money for their year-end** and 2021 classes!

How does this offer save us money?

We have three tiers of pricing, which can save you 40-60% on the standard class rate.

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 100 class package the rate is lower than any sibling rate we have offered.

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. Since most families are already enrolled in classes through the end of 2020, we expect most families to use their credits starting in 2021.

Can I use this with all classes?

You may use your credits for all classes with Ms. Chie, Mr. Devin, Drums with Carl Puglisi (new!), and Music+Code classes — both private and group classes. For the purposes of this offer, a thirty minute private lesson is equal to an hour group class. All sharing sessions for the duration of enrollment are included. What cannot be promised are classes with 3rd party instructors (e.g. not mentioned above). For those instructors, participation in this offer is on a case-by-case basis because those instructors set their own prices.

Thank you!

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

Notice

(As of 11/29 at 1p.m.) We have just sold out of the 100 Lesson Pass. Please consider the other valuable offers before they run out or expire.

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
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Holiday E-Card Competition Announcement

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Competition Announcement!

We are excited to announce a competition for students to create a Holiday E-Card (any Holiday is fine). More details to come.

General Guidelines

  • Project is open-ended. There are multiple solutions. Be creative and have fun.
  • Projects will be judged by MAP instructors.
  • Any holiday is fine for the theme (i.e. not elusively a “Chirstmas Card”)
  • Submission deadline is 12/19/2020 (beofre our next concert).

Registration and submission details to be announced soon. Prizes also to be announced soon. Please consider joining our newsletter to stay up-to-date with details.