Preschool Plus provides a fun, safe, and stimulating environment for 3, 4, and 5-year-olds to preheat their brains before the emotional and social rigors of life in kindergarten. With 25 years of experience as an early-childhood teacher and director, Kathy Hughes leads a team of certified educators that focus on cultivating the cognitive and developmental needs of each child. Although each instructor is equipped with eyes in the back of her head, a small teacher-to-student ratio ensures each child is nurtured and cared for. Based on the retention theory of the "Song That Never Ends," monthly themes are incorporated into every section of the curriculum. Each classroom also contains interest centers geared toward literacy, science, music, and how to properly eat an overstuffed burrito.
Ax-prentices can visit the Greenville Guitar Academy—which is under the guidance of owner Stephen Williams and his experienced staff—to wail, shred, riff, and strum their way from atonal ignorance to the heights of music nirvana. Half-hour private lessons are available for any experience level. Secure from acoustic interruption in one of the academy’s practice spaces, novice players and road-hardened rockers alike can perfect their jazz, blues, metal, slide, and other string styles with guidance from seven personable and knowledgeable instructors.
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.
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.
At Iron and Grace, butterflies can emerge from their corporeal cocoons in kettlebell and Pilates classes that help to build strong and balanced bodies with an emphasis on functional-fitness training. The kettlebell program’s full-body exercises exemplify this approach, eschewing repetitive movements in favor of motor-recruitment patterns centered by the iron cannonball. Kettlebell exercises work the entire body as students hoist and swing them by their attached handle, increasing both cardio and muscular endurance and helping to make everyday tasks such as bicycling and climbing corporate ladders that much easier. Instructor Chad Sexton holds four-hour training sessions a week for small groups of six students or fewer, teaching them the essential moves of his beloved discipline before guiding them onward to the gym’s more advanced kettlebell classes.
Dawson Hill, the founder of Columbia Area Piano Lessons, honed his musical skills at Emerson College, where he earned a degree in performing arts. Now, he teaches students of all experience levels to coax music from the ivory keys, even composing their own tunes. Students can opt to study classical music, jazz songs, blues, and other genres.