For the instructors at Seigler's Karate Center, martial arts is about more than drilling strikes and forceful take-downs; it's about building confidence. With that philosophy in mind, the team aims to help people of all ages—from preschooler to retiree—overcome "I quit" attitudes with lessons emphasizing self-discipline and empathy. They exemplify martial arts' fat-burning benefits with cardio-kickboxing classes, focused workouts designed to shrink jean sizes while instilling self-defense techniques in students.
Like a superhero, April Ranew has the ability to freeze time. Her photos reflect an eye for moments and compositions that reveal her subjects' personalities, such as a couple embracing each other under an overturned kayak or an airborne groom clicking his heels while arm in arm with his bride. Many of April's shots also showcase her knack for setting, often incorporating scenic Georgia locations and the natural light of the sun or the glow worm that resides inside every camera.
Augusta Guitar Lessons' resident instructor, Nick, draws upon more than 10 years as a dedicated guitarist to teach beginning and intermediate students the instrument's fundamentals. To begin lessons?which he holds right in his pupils' homes?Nick focuses on rudimentary skills, such as playing scales and basic chords. From there, he introduces more advanced techniques, including palm muting and power chords, which can only be played by those who possess the greatest power there is: love. In addition, Nick teaches his students how to read tablature of their favorite songs, as well as how to rock out on both lead and rhythm guitar.
At more than 900 learning centers across the world, Sylvan offers kids a leg up through personalized, one-on-one programs prescribed by an in-depth skills assessment. Students build on past lessons to learn progressively, and sessions may hone in on different disciplines, granting kids the confidence to interpret literature and the rhetorical skills needed to negotiate a later bedtime. The positive mindset of personable, invested instructors helps to inspire kids to greater academic feats, as does a prize program that rewards hard work with CDs and gift cards.
Melissa Larkin Schultz holds a masters degree in vocal performance and a r?sum? that includes singing in operas and chamber choral groups. At Larksong Studio, however, it's the voices of her students that ring out. Melissa has designed a voice lesson curriculum for students aged 13 and above that incorporates breathing, posture, vocal range, and an understanding of musical styles. Melissa also offers piano lessons for kids aged 5 and older and Musikgarten classes for children up to 16 months old, which impart musical understanding through sing-a-longs, games, and rhythm-pattern-recognition exercises.
The instructors at Twin Dragons Martial Arts & Fitness aren't concerned with tournaments and trophies. Instead, they spend their energies encouraging students to develop confidence, self esteem, and strength. They teach children ages 3–6 martial arts during Little Dragon sessions, which focus on teaching children basic techniques while committing them to be respectful to their families, themselves, and anyone who won't give them a cookie on-demand. Adults can also improve themselves with martial-arts classes in all belt levels, as well as fitness kickboxing and women's self defense.