Personal Development in Crestview

Up to 88% Off Beginners' Digital-Photography Course

McKay Photography Academy

Norris Conference Centers - Austin

$399 $59

Award-winning instructors teach the basics of digital-camera settings and photo composition during a five-hour course

Up to 52% Off Kids' Beginner Piano or Drum Camp

Capital Music Center

Brentwood

$149 $79

Kids practice their scales and learn fun songs or work on their rhythm tapping out beats during summer beginner piano and drum camps

43% Off Music Lessons

Classical Guitar Lessons

Brentwood

$80 $46

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49% Off Mommy and Me Pre-K Music Group Class

New School Of Music

West Austin

$75 $38

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69% Off Kids' Spanish-Language Camp

Froggin Learning Center

Bull Creek Market

$145 $45

Tutors employ time-honored psychological research on learning styles to kids ages 3–10 in Spanish classes, using games and positive stimuli

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NLP Genius

Downtown

$120 $59

By reprogramming the mind, a master practitioner of reiki and neuro-linguistic programing helps clients unlock their true potential

80% Off Online Photography Course

Capturing True Emotion

Online Deal

$250 $49

Through online videos and coursework, a professional photographer imparts how to have complete control of a digital camera

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$1,485 $69

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Online Deal

$840 $79

Online course covers skills needed to install and maintain Oracle databases; earn an Oracle-certified professional certificate at the end

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Peace of Mind Music Lessons

Redeem from Home

$20 $10

Communicating via Skype, instructors work with students during music classes that focus on subjects such as vocals, guitar, and theory

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$3,295 $99

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Redeem from Home

$999 $549

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Online Deal

$3,595 $99

More than 150 hours of training in all areas of database technology ranging from SQL to Oracle

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Online Deal

$209.99 $29

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Bee Caves - Mopac

$160 $79

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Round Rock

$269 $125

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Eastside Music School

Austin

$120 $70

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Beaux Arts Photography

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

$400 $50

Four-hour workshop spends one hour each on photography, lighting, practice, and editing

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Harp By Melody

Northeast San Antonio

$180 $81

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Rhodes Driving School

Multiple Locations

$200 $99

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Cantabile School Of Music

Northeast San Antonio

$60 $36

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Renaissance Ranch

Oak Park / Northwood

$120 $60

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Alamo Heights

$80 $45

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Landers Photography School

Northwest San Antonio

$97 $45

Seasoned photographers help students get comfortable with their cameras and excel at nature, family-portrait, and sports photography

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Wellcoaches School of Coaching

San Antonio

$225 $110

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Online Deal

$849 $39

The 18 modules hone students' skills with an array of learning tools, including real-world assignments, video tutorials, and simulations

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$79.97 $29

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$80 $39

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Huntsman Portraits

On Location

$150 $75

At an outdoor location, students learn how to pose their subjects for portraits and how to capture scenic landscape shots

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Dale Carnegie Self-Improvement Online Training

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San Antonio

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Up to 64% Off Guitar Lessons

San Antonio Music Academy

Northwest Side

$79.50 $29

Formally educated instructors teach students to coax tunes from guitar strings

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Trilled consonants and accented vowels glide off the tongues of native instructors as they teach the conversational arts in beginner and ongoing Spanish-language classes. Students can complete half of a language level in six two-hour classes held once a week, or double their course load to conquer a full level in the same amount of time. While ongoing classes are available for those with prior knowledge of the language, new students can learn basic conversational skills and the difference between a piñata and the neighbor's mailbox during beginner classes. Small class sizes of three–six allow for ample personal instruction and foster an informal atmosphere. A love of language cannot sustain itself without the occasional kiss of cultural appreciation, so teachers strive to promote a deeper understanding of the traditions, history, and public-indecency laws of their native countries in a range of class activities.

1912 W Anderson Ln
Austin,
TX
US

Considering his childhood heroes were Zorro and The Cisco Kid, it's not hard to believe that Barry Carstetter aced high school Spanish. He even became president of his school's Spanish Club. As his senior year progressed, however, his classes' textbook-bound style increasingly bothered him. Barry understand that the most effective way to learn Spanish is to immerse oneself in it, so at graduation he tossed off his cap and headed to Mexico. There, and in South Texas, he taught native speakers to read and write. And as his students put pen to paper, Barry's own Spanish skills soared.

This experience, paired with his exposure to a system called Accelerated Learning, encouraged Barry to open Rapid Spanish, where he serves as the primary instructor. Under his wing, no student suffers the boredom or ineffectiveness of a rote education. Instead, the curricula incorporate funny scripts, games, and music, immersing pupils in Spanish while having fun. Rapid Spanish' private lessons, group classes, and corporate training programs cultivate supportive environments in which students are not compared to one another or forced to hold 2nd language comedy roasts.

7113 Burnet Rd, Ste 110
Austin,
TX
US

Bearing the titles of Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman from Professional Photographers of America, David and Ally McKay embody the keen vision and aesthetic prowess that separated good photographers from great ones. They share these skills during classes at McKay Photography Academy, where they train eyes, fingers, and imaginations to work in tandem as a snapshooting dream machine. Their classes help aspiring photographers progress from neophytes to seasoned pros; the Beginning Digital Photography course teaches students to harness the intricacies of their instruments, and the Pro Academy offers inside tips on how to successfully snap wedding portraits, pose recent grads, or tease out candid emotions. When not busy instructing the next generation of shutterbugs, David and Ally also devise photo safaris, which send small teams of photographers to capture shots of famed landmarks including San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge; the Lincoln Memorial of Washington, DC; or Yosemite's 60-foot statue of Yogi Bear.

2525 West Anderson Lane
Austin,
TX
US

Traversing the notes and frets of guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and vocals, the faculty of professional musicians at School of Rock instructs junior jammers of varying statures with an eye on achieving live-performance skills. Nudge your future noodler into a private 45-minute lesson that prompts him or her to explore the auditory excess of rock 'n' roll. Burgeoning bassists learn how to keep backbeats rumbling, and drummers in training hone rhythm abilities that may one day spark drumstick-twizzling flash mobs at rock venues. Craft musical nuances with epic keyboards and synths, or hone singing swagger via vocal training with one of the school's sound-savvy instructors. At the end of their foray into musical musings, kids gain creative confidence, artistic appreciation, and the desire to play air guitar in the presence of strangers.

2525 W Anderson Ln
Austin,
TX
US

At Capital Music Center, the piano isn't a low-fi instrument. At least, not necessarily. The music store stocks digital pianos as well as more traditional acoustic pianos, keyboards, and V-drum kits. The teachers embrace technology in their teaching style, too. During lessons, they use everything from iPods to YouTube videos to help their students master tricky chords.

6101 Burnet Rd.
Austin,
TX
US

A smartphone's tiny screen relies on the strange properties of liquid crystals. Check out Groupon's study of LCDs to learn how they create the vivid pictures in your pocket.

Liquid Crystals and LCDs: How Cell Phones Resemble Carrots

The term liquid crystal seems a contradiction, but a liquid crystal is actually neither a liquid nor a solid?it's both, stuck in a sort of chemical limbo with its molecules somewhere between the liquid and solid phases. When an electrical current passes through a liquid crystal, its molecular orientation changes, and so does the direction of light that passes through it. By sandwiching these crystals between polarized glass and manipulating the current passing through them, your phone is able to control the light they channel, resulting in the high-contrast images that appear on screen. Although our brains only see each pixel as a single dot, each consists of red, blue, and green subpixels that, when lit at various intensities, can emit more than 16 million colors.

Despite their advanced applications, liquid crystals are not a recent discovery. They were first identified in the late 19th century by a scientist studying cholesterol extracted from carrots?a natural source of liquid crystals, as are human beings and most other living things, which tend to have them in their cell membranes. Liquid crystals and LCDs were the subject of research and patent applications throughout the early 20th century?including one filed by Marconi?s Wireless Telegraph Company in 1936?and finally hit consumer electronics in the early 1970s, when they were introduced in wristwatches.

5929 Burnet Rd.
Austin,
TX
US