When John Antone founded Axis Music Academy and started developing his proprietary teaching method, the academy was a cramped four-studio Southfield office where he gave guitar lessons. Sixteen years later, Axis has blossomed into a quartet of spacious, well-lit facilities that have one specialty in common: turn individual musicians into bands. Supplied with 12 private studios and all necessary instruments and gear, students get to set their own goals and chart their own course to learning, composing, and recording music. Whether that journey starts with them working through their favorite song on the guitar or stubbornly trying to play the tuba with their ear, the teaching staff helps them reach their goals using the full benefit of their expertise. Budding virtuosos can then combine their strengths during a slate of rock bands, glee clubs, and other group activities.
Axis Music Academy is also currently Michigan?s only Apple-authorized training center, which saves prospective producers a trip out of state if they want to get certified and tested in industry-standard recording software such as Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Ableton, Final Cut, and Garage Band ?all taught using a brand-new suite of computer stations and the industry-insider techniques of Charlie Grover, the former drummer of gold-certified rock band Sponge.
Lessons rarely stay confined to the classroom, since Axis lines up opportunities for students to show off what they've learned onstage at local venues, sports games, and even on air during the morning news. It also stays active in the Detroit-area community by participating in Axis Music Academy 501(C)3 and other programs.
I Wish Lessons’ professionally guided classes convene in various venues throughout Chicago, Boston, DC, and Detroit, uniting and educating like-minded learners in vibrant social settings. The company’s hundreds of teachers have educated countless learners while introducing them to new friends and planning private events, including birthday parties and baby showers. Classes broach a multitude of engaging, lighthearted subjects, such as beer and bacon pairing, scotch tasting, cupcake decorating, and sushi rolling.
Summit on the Park’s sprawling fitness facilities house myriad aerobic and anaerobic activities, classes, equipment, and more. A troop of 50 lifeguards patrols the waters of the massive aquatic center, where legs can tread the zero-depth leisure pool, plunge down the 30-foot water slide, recline in the lazy river, and propel Olympic breaststrokers in the five-lane, 25-yard lap pool. Fitness-center inhabitants mingle with certified personal trainers who illuminate exercise routines with tips on how best to burn treadmill rubber. Daily group workouts fill weekly calendars with more than 70 land and aquatic fitness classes that help exercisers brush up on bi-spheral push-ups and diving-board-propelled jumping jacks.
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 2–4 hours
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
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East Essence Chef, LLCprovides the public with opportunities to learn the recipes and cooking styles common to halal cuisine. Part of the company's educational mission takes place in a classroom, where Chef Nicholas Eaton teaches small groups halal cooking techniques while carefully observing dietary strictures. In his classroom, he uses meats from halal-approved suppliers, as well as knives, utensils, and cookware prepared without ever touching alcohol. He blends traditional halal recipes with a bit of international flair, thanks to his time spent cooking everywhere from Florida to Germany.
East Essence also organizes public events where visitors can learn other cooking techniques, sample recipes, and meet people also interested in the halal lifestyle. The team helps organize events such as the Halal Food Festival, a full-day gathering of chefs and diners that includes cooking demonstrations, tastings, and more.
Miss Jessie, Miss Mandie, Miss Karen, Miss Michelle, Miss Megan, and Miss Sharon have spent their entire lives learning, teaching, and playing music. Thanks to that devotion and a shared passion for helping children learn and grow, their paths have crossed as Kindermusik educators. At locations in Canton, Farmington Hills, and Southgate, the six women lead musical programs designed to foster each child’s cognitive, social, and physical development. Students sing, dance, and listen, and do so in an environment that is free from the pressures of performing or becoming the Internet’s most popular meme.
Paint and Pour hosts parties at their studios in Ann Arbor and Brighton, as well as restaurants and bars across Metro Detroit. Students can fill their canvases with whimsical images that range from tropical sunsets and romantic strolls in the rain to teddy bears. Each class focuses on a single painting; after they settle at their easels, students listen in as a seasoned instructor leads them through a step-by-step recreation of the night?s piece.