For one week only at ROOTS, you’re invited to take a free lesson and learn from an expert mentor at no cost

music lessons during the summer

Deciding which instrument is right for you or your child can be a tough decision. But just like buying a car, you shouldn’t just choose one without going for a test drive.

That’s one of the many reasons we offer Music Free Trial Week at ROOTS Academy.

From Aug. 6 through 10, we invite you to join us for a free 30-minute lesson in the instrument of your choice. (Just click here to reserve your spot.) It’s a great way for new students to try out a new instrument, receive basic instruction from one of our expert mentors, and find out if music lessons are right for you or your child.

Best of all, there’s absolutely no risk. There’s a $15 fee to secure your spot, but if you decide to enroll in classes at ROOTS, we’ll apply that to your registration. If you decide that it’s not for you, we’ll give your money back.

“It’s the perfect time to experience how fun it is to play an instrument,” said ROOTS music program director Matt Camp. “It’s also a great way to reconnect with an old hobby or discover a new one.”

The free lesson is available to any new student age 6 and older, and Matt said it’s a wonderful opportunity to get a foundation in music. “The trial lesson presents you a hands-on opportunity to learn more about your instrument of choice before you start taking lessons,” he said. “This is not only helpful to the student, but also to the parent. For example, the trial lesson is a great time to determine which size violin a student may need. Or maybe you’ll learn you should start with a ¾ size guitar instead of a full-size one, or find out which drumstick size is right for you.”

If you’re not sure which instrument you’d like to try, Matt gave us a rundown of what you can expect to learn during your trial lesson.

(Remember, space is limited, so request your free trial now.)


Your piano lesson at ROOTS will open the door to multiple aspects of music. From classical to rock, piano and keyboards are a staple of nearly every genre. “Piano is a great foundational instrument to get started on,” said Matt. “You’ll start to learn how to read sheet music while exploring rhythm, melody, and harmony.” You’ll also get an introduction to the musical alphabet, finger numbers, and more. “Playing piano has a lot to offer any student,” Matt said. “It’s a great place to start for anyone unsure of which instrument to play first.”


  • Provides solid introduction to basic musical skills
  • Improves counting and math skills
  • Useful for most genres of music
  • Enhances ambidexterity
  • Stimulates the brain
  • Ideal for composing music
    (via Health Fitness Revolution)


There’s a lot more to singing than just knowing all the words. During your vocal lesson at ROOTS, you’ll explore the different types of voices, discover your vocal range and, of course, sing a song or two. “You’ll also discover the fun and sometimes silly ways that vocalists warm up before taking the stage,” Matt said. This is a great choice if you want to learn the fundamentals of music on a budget. “Your voice is your only instrument,” Matt said. “So there isn’t a need to buy one.”


  • Useful for most genres of music
  • Boosts confidence
  • Doesn’t require an instrument
  • Improves verbal communication skills
  • Improves posture
  • Promotes better circulation
    (via Singer’s Edge)

Guitar and Bass

Learning to play guitar or bass is an incredible way to learn music in a non-traditional way, and both instruments are at the heart of a wide range of genres like rock, country, and jazz. “You’ll learn to read music during your lesson, but you’ll also learn about everything from string names, tuning, and the fretboard, to chord charts and tablature,” Matt said. “We often use shape-based teaching with chords to help you reach your full potential in a shorter amount of time.”


  • Versatile for a wide range of musical genres
  • Great for social situations
  • Enhances coordination
  • Improves concentration and memory
  • Good for songwriters
  • Strengthens hand and wrist muscles
    (via Modern Day Moms)


When you think of the violin, you probably think of classical music. But it’s actually a versatile instrument that can be found onstage with rock outfits like the Dave Matthews Band or at bluegrass festivals (where it’s called a “fiddle”). The violin is challenging, but learning to play it will give you a tremendous amount of self-confidence and a foundation for other string instruments. “Your violin lesson will expose you to ear training, bowing techniques, and specific teaching methods like the Suzuki Method,” Matt said. Also, did you know that bows are made out of horse hair? You do now!


  • Great introduction to string instruments
  • Improves posture
  • Enhances coordination
  • Improves concentration and memory
  • Encourages discipline
  • Strengthens the upper body
    (via Concordini Musical Instruments)


The drums are the backbone of pretty much every kind of music, and learning to play them allows you to discover the world of rhythm in a variety of settings. In your free lesson, you’ll get a feel for rhythm and learn how to sit correctly, hold the sticks, and play on a real drum set. “As you progress, you’ll learn to play rudiments, drum set grooves and fills, and also uncover the importance of keeping time, developing feel, and finding out how your technique directly creates your own sound,” Matt said.


  • Helps develop rhythm
  • Useful in nearly all musical genres
  • Great stress reliever
  • Increases limb independence
  • Enhances coordination
  • Improves concentration and memory
    (via Mamiverse)


private ukulele lessons

What has only four strings and looks like a tiny guitar? The ukulele! It’s great for beginning level students who want to learn to play a stringed instrument. “The ukulele is not only fun, but also easy to learn,” Matt said. “In your lesson, we’ll help you develop a foundation for strumming, simple chords and melodies, and if you decide to enroll in more lessons, you’ll learn more challenging aspects from one lesson to the next.” Learning to play an instrument has never been so easy.


  • Easy to learn
  • Great for social situations
  • Relatively inexpensive
  • Enhances dexterity
  • Improves concentration and memory
    (via Take Lessons)

Whichever instrument you choose for your free lesson, remember you’ve got absolutely nothing to lose! Request your lesson today and embark on your journey to creative confidence!

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Fall Break Hours 10/17-10/20: OPEN for music lessons; dance is CLOSED.