When Zachary Diebels teaches the skills needed to be a performing artist, he's speaking from experience. The 17-year music-industry veteran has had major-label and independent recording contracts with Hollywood Records and Spunout Records, and has toured with acts such as Foo Fighters, Filter, Limp Bizkit, Beck, and Kid Rock. A music producer by trade, Zach establishes a custom curriculum for each student that helps students build technical skills and learn music theory at a realistic pace. Every 90 days, students assess where they are and where they're headed as they deepen their musical pursuits in a supportive environment. As students sharpen their fretwork or rhythm skills, Rock Inc. can connect them with performance opportunities through the school’s ensemble and band program. Zach also teaches the production side of music in a recording studio tricked out with all the bells and whistles: microphones, compressors, MIDI capabilities, and analog bells and whistles.
Career Beauty Academy helps future stylists, makeup artists, and aestheticians hone the skills needed to make it in the world of beauty. With a 100% state-board exam-passing rate for its students, the licensed beauty academy provides technical and practical courses and hands-on learning by allowing students to perform services on the public. Licensed professionals supervise each treatment. Services include haircuts, deep conditioning, and color services; facials and microdermabrasion; and nails, makeup, and waxing.
In 2005, The Drum Lab became Sacramento’s first and only school of drumming. Since then, the Rocklin destination hasn’t skipped a beat in its mission to elevate the standards of musical education. Voted one of the Best Places to Learn to Play Music by CBS Sacramento and the 2012 winner of Best Music Instruction from the KCRA 3 A-List, the school fuels students with the technical know-how and confidence to master their favorite songs, then instills them with the desire to expand their musical horizons.
Based upon stylistic preference, students are paired with one of The Drum Lab’s gifted instructors, who specialize in genres that include rock, jazz, R & B, hip-hop, Latin, and gospel. Once a week, in 30-minute sessions, future John Bonhams and lil’ Gene Krupas learn to play in synchronicity with their instructor in acoustically crisp lab rooms fitted with two drum kits and a playback system with headphones. The school encourages students to beat their way out of comfort zones by periodically switching genres and instructors, helping them develop a comprehensive knowledge of drumming techniques and easing the nerves of insomniac rock drummers who fear waking up in a jazz quartet.
Each Byers Gym location offers a multitude of flexibility-forming and confidence-building weekly gymnastics classes for children of all ages. Parent Participation classes, running 50 minutes, introduce baby-aged youngsters to the wonderful world of coordination, motor skills, and sweet tunes ($63 a month), as grown-ups follow their precocious progeny through age-appropriate exercises and musical activities. Teach your tykes some independence with a 50-minute Tots class for ages three and up ($65 a month), or opt for the one-hour Kindergym classes for ages four and five ($65 a month) that introduce simple tumbling exercises and basic drills for bars, beam, vault, and non-rocket-powered trampoline. More advanced classes ($65 a month) are available for kids, age six and older, looking to hone their talents and foster a lifelong love of leotards. The dedicated instructors at Byers Gymnastics feel that small classes are essential for learning, and although Parent Participation classes can have as many as 15 youngsters, most other classes are capped at eight students––or approximately one pint-sized KC and the Sunshine Band tribute act. To find a class, check out the schedules at Elk Grove, Roseville, or Citrus Heights.
For more than 35 years, massage therapists at The Cabin Holistic Healing Center have helped bodies relax and heal. Inside the studio’s East Indian–themed atmosphere, staff members use Swedish and deep-tissue techniques as well as aromatherapy, easing the senses as their hands work to boost circulation and joint flexibility. The center also boasts an infrared sauna, which is ideal for couples who can relax and sip non-alcoholic beverages, available for purchase. Morning and evening restorative yoga sessions are ideal for begins and those with health restrictions, and meditation fosters a deeper connection with yourself than is possible by merely high-fiving a mirror. Morning and evening restorative yoga sessions are ideal for beginners and those with health restrictions, while meditation fosters a deeper connection with yourself than is possible by merely high-fiving a mirror. The instructor brings more than 30 years of certified experience to her classes, which keep oxygen following evenly to extremities. You can also sink into one of the studio’s private indoor and outdoor hot tubs to relax.
At East Wind Yoga, instructors have options for every skill level. Basic classes ease newcomers and returning students into the body mechanics of yoga. Flow classes improve their breathing and cardiovascular endurance, and yin classes combine postures from hatha yoga with deep stretches to address any joint compression and misalignment. Held in a room heated at 105-110 degrees, hot yoga classes help purge toxins after a long day of sleep-testing sarcophagi. Intense Yosu yoga targets balance through the use of soft and rubbery BOSU balls.
Each of the studio's two locations offers a welcoming interior of paper lanterns, exposed brick, and stacks of colorful yoga mats for rental.