Diane Garetano's school—whose curriculum covers piano as well as other instruments—was an immediate success in the first year. She was renting space to accommodate her ever-expanding student body and the pianos that kept sprouting extra keys. Today, The Piano Studio for Kids imparts instrument skills at two locations. The school also has evolved in terms of technique, with instructors now incorporating even more methods built on fun, structure, and positive reinforcement. Once a year, students may elect to show off the fruits of these labors, with admission free of charge at a recital culminating in certificates, gift bags, and applause.
Though it doesn?t have its own zip code, yet, Kidville is a sought-after destination for youngsters. The bustling children?s center pulsates with activities designed to cultivate youngsters? social and developmental skills, such as classes in music, dance, and cooking. Art classes foster creativity and self-expression, and a play space helps children unleash pent-up energy more effectively than journaling on the living room wall in permanent marker. The fun zone also hosts birthday parties in various themes?including railroad, racecar, fairy princess, and superhero?in which the staff takes care of the details, set-up, and cleanup, allowing parents to join in on the fun.
In the late 1970s career educators Eileen and Raymond Huntington opened the first Huntington Learning Center in Oradell, New Jersey. Their goal was to take an individualized approach to education, adjusting instructional tactics according to each student's set of needs. Their success in helping K–12 students prepare for exams and improve grades and study skills quickly spawned franchises across New York and New Jersey.
Today, the certified Huntington tutoring staff utilizes testing and rubrics for assessing each child's skills, academic needs, and potential for growth. The teachers even note the student's behavior in different testing and academic situations to craft a methodology sensitive to each child's learning style. Teachers also adhere to the company's code of ethics that stresses professionalism and confidentiality and encourages pupils to improve their grades honestly through dedicated study rather than shortcuts.
A U.S. Coast Guard–approved boating school, Safe Waters works to reduce the number of boating accidents on New York waterways. The school's veteran maritime instructors conduct intensive courses designed to train students to practice safe and defensive boat handling without covering their hulls with bubble wrap. Depending on the course, students may divide time between classroom study and on-the-water instruction, engaging in demonstrations and activities that illustrate important topics such as safety equipment, navigation aids, and emergency protocols.
The analysts behind Pioneer Trading Academy bring more than a half century of professional experience to their trading classes, starting from scratch with beginners or strengthening the skills of more advanced students. Harold Yosco spent more than 40 years working on the floor of the NYSE and as a financial specialist for firms such as Haas Securities and Montgomery. In the decade since Zachary Teller received his finance degree from the University of Connecticut, he has become fluent in both fundamental and technical analysis. They both teach Pioneer’s trading classes, which include instruction on everything from day trading and swing trading to futures, foreign exchange, and commodities markets. Upon completing courses, which include all necessary software and materials, students can look into joining Pioneer’s team of live traders, who, like 101 used calendars, boast more than 100 years of combined experience.