Since she was preceded by four generations of musicians, it was only natural that Shelkah Francis began playing piano at age 6. Now, with music degrees and nearly two decades of teaching experience to her name, she helps kids discover the same early love of music that has guided her through life and mythical journeys to the underworld. Kindermusik with Ms. Shelkah uses a curriculum practiced around the world that provides age-appropriate music lessons to babies, toddlers, and kids, teaching them musical aptitude as well as social skills. She also teaches youth and adults how to play individual instruments, write music, and prepare for auditions.
Much like the familiar fishing adage, Mission Possible Tutors believes that if you help a student with homework, they learn for a day, but if you help them create their own strategies for overcoming learning obstacles, they will be prepared for a lifetime of education. During study sessions, tutors set specific goals to help children develop problem-solving skills, build confidence, and cement their own personal study strategies. Mission Possible’s areas of expertise include ESL, reading, writing, spelling, math, problem solving, study skills, and science.
At Canadian Beauty College, students overseen by instructors work on actual clients to gain hands-on aesthetic training in the student clinic, while already certified aestheticians or medical doctors beautify clients in the onsite med spa. The students hydrate skin during facials, massage tense backs, and wax off unwanted hair, and the aestheticians inject dermal fillers into wrinkles, fade acne scars with a laser, and contour bodies with radio-frequency skin-tightening treatments. Before undergoing any of the med spa’s services, clients consult with a medical doctor in order to discuss expectations and beauty goals, such as learning how to develop a tan by standing in front of car headlights.
The staff at Wintronic Computers Plus scrub excess muddle from hardware and software and sweep both PC and Apple systems of viruses. Desktop computers and laptops undergo a thorough hard-drive organization, which rids drives of extraneous digital clutter and creates space for future downloaded videos of babies rapping. Smudged surfaces and cracks emerge free of dust and miscellaneous flotsam after a safe exterior cleaning. To keep computers running smoothly and free of pernicious bugs, Wintronic's technicians make a full sweep of every file to scan for errant worms, Trojan horses, and the virus that causes relatives to forward chain letters. The store promises a quick turnaround on service and offers a warranty on all cleaning and repair work.
The instructors at Freedom School of the Arts don’t teach theatrical dogma. Instead of constraining their pupils with “must do” techniques, they encourage students to explore their own process and discover on-stage confidence through a constantly changing curriculum. The school’s acting and improv classes cover basic performance skills that ease self-doubts as well as read-through, blocking, and agreement techniques that help them feel comfortable in any situation, from shows to auditions to parent-teacher conferences. Not just for adults, the school hosts youth acting classes that help kids explore their imagination and creativity.