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Local firm TakeLessons has announced that Crosslink Capital (the largest investor in the Pandora go-to music site) has invested $6 million in the company.

Headquartered in San Diego, TakeLessons is a full-service music and voice lessons provider. With lessons taught by TakeLessons-certified instructors in over 2,800 cities nationwide, the company was founded in 2004 as an internet-based operation, designed to help people discover their creativity and pursue their passions.

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TakeLessons also offers turnkey music programs for schools and community centers, as well as at-work lessons programs for corporate clients and their employees.

“You have a company in San Diego that has consumed very little capital and obtained a large foot print,” says Eric Chin, partner at Crosslink Capital. “If you had done this in the Valley you would have needed more capital.”

Image Last year, TakeLessons entered a partnership with Learning Care Group, the second largest for-profit early education and child care provider in North America. The partnership was devised to provide at school or in-home music lessons to children ages 5-12 at select schools within the Learning Care Group umbrella of brands, including The Children's Courtyard, Childtime Learning Centers, La Petite Academy and Tutor Time Child Care/Learning Centers.

Image "We recognize there is an artist inside of everyone," said Steven Cox, TakeLessons' Founder and CEO. "The opportunity to take music lessons ( http://www.takelessons.com ) at an early age not only equips children with music skills, but also with self confidence and a higher likelihood of academic success."

Whether music students want to be the next American Idol, be a real-life guitar hero or become the modern-day Mozart, TakeLessons instructors provide voice lessons (http://takelessons.com/category/singing-lessons), guitar lessons (http://takelessons.com/category/guitar-lessons) and piano lessons (http://takelessons.com/category/piano-lessons) onsite in over 75 participating Learning Care Group, Inc. locations, including Austin, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Antonio and Seattle with plans to expand into other locations.

"Research continues to demonstrate a strong correlation between quality music learning programs and academic achievement," said Amy Hellebuyck, Marketing Communications Manager for Learning Care Group (http://www.learningcaregroup.com ), Inc. "Our partnership with TakeLessons is one more way we inspire and impact lifelong learning for our students."

According to the TakeLessons website, these are the "Top Three Benefits of TakeLessons Learning Programs":

  1. Safety First: Instructors are interviewed by professional recruiting specialists before they are hired. Criminal background checks are conducted annually.

  2. Talented Teachers: Music instructors are selected based on educational and professional backgrounds. Many have played with famous musicians, been on television and still perform live.

  3. Comprehensive User Experience: Personal online accounts assist parents and students with goal setting, scheduling, lesson tracking, payments and more.

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