Top 9 Reasons TakeLessons Gift Certificates Make An Awesome Holiday Gift

Holiday adThe holiday season is in full swing, and if you’re looking for the perfect gift for that hard to please musician or music lover in your life, look no further.

Presenting….the Top 9 Reasons Why TakeLessons Gift Certificates Make an AWESOME Holiday Gift!

9.  Our gift certificates NEVER expire!

Whether the recipient wants to start lessons right away or a few months down the road, a TakeLessons gift certificate provides a flexible option that lets them start lessons when they’re ready.

8.  Gift certificates are good for any type of lesson we offer.

With more than 30 types of lessons to choose from, there’s something for everyone!  If you know what instrument the recipient is interested in learning, simply give us a call and one of our student counselors can check our database of teachers to confirm availability at the time of purchase, or you can do a search on our site and find a teacher yourself!


7.  More convenient than fighting the crowds at the mall…

Gift certificates can be printed and mailed to the recipient – or, if you’re a last minute shopper, email delivery is also an option.

6.  Lessons for any age or stage in life.

Old or young, beginner or advanced – everyone can benefit from music lessons.  Our instructors help their students set goals and create a customized curriculum to help them achieve those goals!

5.  A first class experience from start to finish.

Nothing is more important to us than keeping our customers happy.  When you purchase a TakeLessons gift certificate, you can be sure that you are making a risk-free investment.  Should the recipient not be satisfied with their lessons for any reason, we will gladly set them up with a new instructor to ensure that they have a wonderful lesson experience.

4.  A great addition to music instrument gifts.

Planning to buy Junior that guitar or drum set he’s been begging for?  A gift certificate for lessons with one of our TakeLessons Certified™ Music Teachers will make sure he starts his music career off on the right foot.

3.  A fun and unique gift option that will be remembered.

Chances are the recipients on your gift-giving list have all the neckties and kitchen appliances they need.  This year, why not give a gift that will make an impact and potentially change a life?  Which brings us to our next point…

2.  Forget Rockband and learn to play for real!

Sure, video games are fun – but learning to play an instrument provides many more physical and mental benefits, including improved memorization skills, increased self-confidence, and enhanced creativity.

And the number one reason to purchase a TakeLessons gift certificate this holiday season?

1.  It’s better than fruitcake.

Enough said.

Call us at 877-231-8505 or click here to purchase your TakeLessons gift certificate today!  Happy Holidays!

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TakeLessons Wins San Diego Venture Group’s 2010 PitchFest Competition

Photo courtesy of Jodi Cilley - VideologiCoWe are pleased to announce that TakeLessons has been named the 2010 winner of San Diego Venture Group’s annual PitchFest Business Plan Competition, beating out two other finalists to secure a $20,000 prize and recognition as one of the most promising startup companies in San Diego. Now in its 11th year, PitchFest serves to bring Southern California’s most promising young technology and life-science companies to the forefront.

TakeLessons was one of three finalists who presented at the competition on December 2, 2010 along with Aonori Aquafarms, Inc. and CortiCare. An audience of 300+ attendees then voted for the company they felt had the most promising business plan and vision to win the $20,000 prize.

“It is truly an honor to receive this prestigious award and be part of the flourishing San Diego startup community” said TakeLessons CEO Steven Cox, who delivered the final presentation.

Since its inception in 2000, hundreds of companies have applied to participate in the annual PitchFest competition.  This year alone, over 70 companies applied and a selection committee comprised of local business leaders chose 11 semifinalists. Criteria for advancement included articulation of plan, fundability of concept and demonstration of company momentum.

Each application was reviewed and ranked by at least 8 selection committee members. On November 10, 2010, a panel of judges from such well known companies as Anthem, Avalon, Tech Coast Angels and Winward heard the presentations of those semifinalists and selected the three finalists, including TakeLessons.

Founded in 1986, the San Diego Venture Group is a non-profit business organization whose mission is to provide an informal atmosphere for entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and business advisors to meet and foster ideas on how to form, fund and build new ventures.

Here are a few more pictures from our big night!


Steven delivers his presentation

IMG_0133 Photo courtesy of Jodi Cilley, VideologiCo

Final slide of the TakeLessons presentation asking for participants’ votes

IMG_0187 Photo courtesy of Jodi Cilley, VideologiCo

Steven poses with Peter Shaw, Managing Director of Procopio Business Advisors and SDVG Board Member


TakeLessons takes home first prize and a giant check!

Photos 1, 3 and 4 courtesy of Jodi Cilley, VideologiCo