At Over The Moon Studios, one-year-olds can celebrate their birthday in a sweet way—with a cake-smash photo shoot. The brightly colored and often icing-laden shoot represents the photographers' forte: family portraits. Whether their subjects are lively infants, expectant mothers, or full families, Over The Moon has proven their ability to churn out portraits that are both creative and eye catching.
Creative Music Center’s skilled teachers have been nurturing musical talent in students of all ages and skill levels for nearly three decades, earning recognition for their efforts with a Best Music Lessons and Instruments award from Moffly Media readers in 2009. They achieve this high level of instruction by adapting their teaching styles to the needs of each pupil rather than insisting that everyone play Mozart or eat sheet music for breakfast. While private lessons prep students to play everything from the viola to the trombone, teachers also foster camaraderie through group lessons for piano and guitar. Students who haven’t hollowed out a baguette to make their own French horn can rent or buy an instrument from the center, which stocks brands such as Yamaha and Fender.
Katonah Art Center and TADA Theatre And Dance Art @KAC celebrate creativity in all its forms through theatre, art, music, and dance classes. Classes cater to students of all ages and skill levels. Among those classes are painting, pottery or fused glass, ballet, musical theatre and barre tone, as well as a variety of early childhood classes.
The Little Red School owner Carolyn West has been teaching children how to draw and make music for more than 20 years. Her team of instructors provides one-on-one training in a variety of instruments including piano, voice, guitar, and cello. Art classes, additionally, let kids express themselves by splashing watercolors onto canvases or creating their own cartoon characters in semi-private lessons. During birthday parties, kids can combine painting lessons with pizza or play dress-up in a Victorian mansion complete with a tea party.
The computer creatives at The Digital Arts Experience usher students of all ages in to the circuited age with their suite of multimedia classes. Unfolding in brightly colored training rooms, each hands-on class introduces topics related to every facet of the creative process, from audio production and animation to photography and web design. Instructors versed in a wide array of useful programs—such as Photoshop, iMovie, and Microsoft Office—also help aspiring artists, musicians, and actors beef up their artistic presence with portfolio development courses.
New Windsor Music Academy shakes, rattles, and rolls with lessons for aspiring musicians as young as 3 years old, depending on the instrument of choice. Backed by a master's degree in music performance from Yale, owner Mike Benninger has built a team of equally polished instructors. The canopy of their collective knowledge stretches over several instruments, including guitar, drums and voice, and genres that include rock, blues, and classical. With all that education and experience, Mike and his staff recognize that not every method of teaching works for every student, so they bend and mold every session according to each student's goals.