In 1998, School of Rock's first location was built in Philadelphia to strengthen kids' self-confidence, develop their musicianship, and most importantly, spark an insatiable enthusiasm to learn. Today, the School of Rock franchise has branched out to more than 65 locations throughout the United States and Mexico. During the school's music lessons, encouraging instructors well versed in methods of rocking and rolling—such as strumming guitars, tickling keyboards, and causing avalanches with yodels—demystify music theory for mini Mick Jaggers of all skill levels.
School of Rock's Rock 101 program acquaints beginners with the instrument of their choice using a curriculum of weekly private lessons and group band rehearsals. Virtuosos ready to hit the stage can participate in the performance program, which prepares students for live performances that pay homage to beloved rock icons such as Queen, Led Zeppelin, and Mount Rushmore.
SuperSlow Zone's certified personal trainers provide one-on-one coaching to forge muscle tone in deliberate, targeted workouts. A full consultation assesses each body's fitness needs, and three 20-minute personal-training sessions easily dovetail into any schedule. During each workout, a series of weightlifting exercises conditions legs, shoulders, and arms through slow and steady repetition that avoids the dangers of rapidly bench-pressing a cheetah. Reps held for long lengths of time challenge muscles and improve metabolic rates to torch calories, and rapid-fire transitions between machines invigorate workout routines. Fans cast refreshing breezes across burning biceps, allowing patrons to coolly put on brawn like the Hulk in a snowball fight.
Jonathan Page of The Rhythm Factory has been instructing eager guitarists on plucking, strumming, and all frets in between for nearly four years. With training in a system devised by the Berklee College of Music and a history of performing in bands and on stage, Jonathan can tutor pupils of various ages and skill levels on both acoustic and electric axes, and he will customize each lesson plan to student’s favorite songs and penchant for cigar-box guitars. Classes occur once a week in half-hour sessions, incorporating music theory and technique.
At ComedySportz, the spontaneity of improv humor marries the competitiveness of athletics in three weekly shows that churn out laughs for roughly 100 minutes each. During a match, two opposing teams of comics square off in red and blue uniforms as a referee presides. The teams launch into sketches and routines fueled by audience suggestions, much like on the TV shows Whose Line Is It Anyway? and World News with Diane Sawyer. Since random, casual outbursts are so integral to the show, no two performances are the same, and many fans check the lineup to see when their favorite funnypeople take the stage next.
Founded with the goal of outfitting its pupils with the skills necessary to excel in the spa and salon industries, Milan Institute of Cosmetology deploys a rigorous curriculum that emphasizes professionalism and hands-on learning to train fledgling cosmetologists and aestheticians around the country. As the most important aspect of the course of study, student salons and spas serve as a real-world classroom wherein nascent beauticians—under the careful supervision of their instructors—can practice their newly minted skills on humans or sentient mannequins. The beauty apprentices gussy up patrons head to toe via sundry lavish salon and spa services—specific to each location—that may include nail services, haircare, facials therapeutic massages, or nourishing body wraps.
Seasoned potter and glass blower Zion Warne has been exploring the freedom of three-dimensional medias for more than 15 years. At his eponymous art studio, he continues to turn vibrantly colored molten glass into delicate ornaments, intricate sculptures, and dangerous toothbrushes. In his downtime, Zion teaches this intricate art to others during private lessons and workshops. He and his experienced staff help students of all abilities safely carve out shapely paperweights, vases, and bowls while unleashing their creative sides.