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.
Nutritionist and exercise physiologist Michelle champions healthy eating and weight loss under the name Nutrish Mish. Rather than eliminating her clients' favorite dishes from their diets, she adapts them into individually tailored meal plans, turning relationships with foods into positive friendships with predinner hugs. In addition to regularly scheduled visits—which also include diet and body-composition analysis—she offers supportive virtual concierge services through phone, text, and email.