Voted Best Musical Instruments by CityVoter for stocking 40,000 guitars, drums, brass, strings, woodwinds, and more, Cascio Interstate Music supplies music lovers with the tools, gears, and repair services needed for any upcoming gig. Opened in 1946 and still independently owned, the 30,000-square-foot retail store is packed to the brim with gadgets, sheet music, instructional videos, and other products for orchestra loyalists and Wall Street Journal-inspired rock bands alike. Guitar enthusiasts can use the book Classic Electrics to explore the history of their instrument, beginning with its origins as a classic accompaniment to its current eight-stringed, quad-necked glory ($14.95), while pianists can browse Cascio's sheet music collection of classical masterpieces. Cascio carries any essential musical accessory, from Ernie Ball Regular Slinky guitar strings ($5.01) and Rico Royal Bb clarinet reeds ($13.24) to viola shoulder rests ($23.85). The shop also features a crack staff of musical repairmen, who can mend and coax any damaged or emotionally wounded guitar, violin, drum set, or other instrument.
A passion for music isn't the only prerequisite for joining Kenosha Conservatory of Music's staff of teachers; each instructor must also have a minimum of 10 years' experience or at least a bachelor's degree in order to conduct lessons](http://www.kenoshaconservatoryofmusic.com/lessons.htm). During those lessons, students learn proper technique in guitar, bass, drums, piano, keyboards, violin, flute, or voice. Once they've tackled the basics, they can also join one of the school's duets, trios, or ensembles or enroll in Rock Band classes that group musicians together to work on mastering songs and performing them live.
Gymboree offers a bevy of baby-engaging classes in which parents and wee ones work together to build tots' creativity and encourage development through play. Weekly classes are available for every age from the freshly born sapling to the 5-years-young wise wanderer. This deal includes rhythm-building music classes, imagination-expanding art classes, and Gymboree's most popular class, Play & Learn. The month-long membership allows you to take one class per week, with make-ups available during enrollment if you miss a class. This deal also includes unlimited attendance at Gymboree's open gym sessions (contact location for schedule) and a $25 discount at Gymboree Clothing Stores with a $50 minimum purchase.
As the ampersand in its name suggests, Sound Check Entertainment & Studios is actually two businesses in one. Its entertainment team includes sound engineers and lighting designers who bring live bands and DJs to life with special-effects lighting, video projectors, and all necessary sound equipment.
In Sound Check's studios, meanwhile, music instructors help kids and adults master instruments such as the guitar and drums, which was originally invented to transmit Morse code across concert halls. The faculty boasts experts such as Bill Rossman III, who studied at Musicians Institute in Hollywood and has worked with well-known artists and bands. Rossman instructs students in all things guitar, from lick phrasing and improvisation to ear training and interval understanding.
Tim and Bobbi Paul deploy decades of tune savvy to helm Piano Trends, which was voted best music store and instruction studio in the Northwest Herald's Best of the Fox in 2011. The family team wrangles more than 20 voice and music instructors to bolster musicality in local schools, with established performance groups and one former American Idol finalist. In classes for every skill level from novice to megawizard, instructors teach piano, guitar, violin, and a variety of brass and woodwind instruments, and voice lessons range from Broadway training to avant-garde birdcalls. Lessons for children under the age of 6 are available, based on the child's attention span, maturity level, and desired instrument; interested customers should call ahead for more information. Piano Trends can also cater to musical needs with instrument rentals and repairs.
The licensed educators at Kindermusik help enrich family relationships and bolster kiddies' mental development through interactive, music-focused play dates. Children from newborns to 7-year-olds can investigate the world of sound waves through age-specific sessions of sing-alongs, musical compositions, and sound barrier-breaking drum solos. ACE Music & Me sessions foster reading and language skills through dance and rhyme, and Village classes stimulate cognitive growth through musical activities. Guardians are encouraged to pick up a tambourine and belt out a note alongside their musical wards. After each pressure-free play date, Kindermusik instructors outfit each parent with a number of after-class activities suited to their child's developmental level and ability to impersonate Dick Clark.
Twenty-six years ago, working mother Karen Scott had a light-bulb moment. She envisioned a one-stop children's clothing, toy, and furniture emporium. Karen and her husband set up shop in their garage, connecting new moms and dads to high-quality baby clothes, nursery furniture, and educational toys. They meticulously researched products before creating their own catalogue, and as a result watched their enterprise blossom into a lucrative online business. Today, One Step Ahead employs their own in-house design team responsible for exclusive labels of kidswear such as Cozy Cub winter wear Sun Smarties swimwear and summer gear.
Regular meetings with a Parents' Panel keep One Step Ahead designers in touch with the needs of modern parents. Seeking out their input has led the design team to create products such as a fleece-lined car seat for comfortably toting a baby in cold weather and a hanging closet organizer for managing a child's superhero identities.