Understanding that each child learns differently, the staff members of Sylvan Learning’s numerous study centers design custom lesson programs. Based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews, the staff works with students to help them firmly grasp basic skills such as reading, writing, math, and how to remember facts without tattooing them to their chests. Programs target students in kindergarten through grade 12 and mold to various learning styles, helping kids feel more comfortable in the classroom. Afterschool or summer classes can ready high-school students for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students wow college-admissions officers with their superior writing skills, exemplary test scores, and willingness to arm-wrestle the school mascot.
Since opening its doors in 1998, Language Stars has introduced more than 30,000 children to foreign languages with small-group classes and full-immersion activities. Through a selective process, Language Stars recruits ambitious teachers from more than 20 countries who share a common goal of revolutionizing how and when American children learn foreign languages. Parents and Tots Classes are available for children between 1–3 years old, and Kids Only classes are available for children 3–5, 5–8 and 8–10 years old. Absorbent little minds soak up Spanish, Mandarin, French, German, or Arabic with the help of their FunImmersion approach, learning naturally through games, songs, activities and art projects to help kids finally understand their foreign-exchange imaginary friends.
Employing 33 years of experience in tuning and restoring pianos, Mark Brown transforms dull-sounding ivories into pitch-perfect sound dispensers. Brown's expertise has gained him a solid client base, which has included renowned musicians Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays, Frank Sinatra, and the Chicago Lyric Opera. This note-tweaking prowess has also made Brown the go-to tuner for two high-end piano dealerships in the Chicago area. As a professional musician himself, Brown ensures concert-quality tunings and piano benches containing no brown M&M’s.
Cilento Photography is a full-service professional photography studio specializing in wedding, high school senior, family, children, and business photography. Clients can choose to have pictures taken wherever they feel most comfortable, whether that be in Cilento's state-of-the-art studios, on location, in home, or at work. The team of experienced photographers brings a keen artistic eye to shoots both big and small.
At School of Rock, working musicians help aspiring rockers master the fundamentals needed to perform everything from quaking drum beats to shredding guitar solos. During the Rock 101 program, students attend weekly private lessons and regular group rehearsals with the ultimate goal of stepping out on stage together for a final performance at a real local venue. Both locations also offer summer camps, including a term focused on songwriting and recording, at the end of which students step into an authentic studio to record songs on its high-tech gramophones.