As a kid-centric music venue, Drool of Rock doesn't just draw in local musicians—it creates them. The passionate instructors lead kids aged 2–5 in a curriculum of age-appropriate activities with a musical bent, including live performances and basic instrument education. During summer camps, kids aged 2–10 romp through the 6,000-square-foot center or play games in the 2,500-square-foot outdoor play area. On the weekends, local kids' musicians take to the stage for interactive performances, which are often free or priced in the currency of Candyland.
The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous centers understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don’t try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of a skills assessment using diagnostic tools and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having them tattooed on your chest. Many of Sylvan’s instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results. Camps and after-school and summer classes can ready high-schoolers for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college-admissions officers with their superior essay-writing skills.
With 23,000 square feet of dedicated fencing space between them, The Baltimore Fencing Center's two locations offer students plenty of room to practice lunges and polish parries. Presiding over all the action is owner and head coach Bin Lu, who once served as a member of the Chinese National and Olympic teams and as coach of the former. Today he passes along the knowledge he accumulated while competing at the highest levels to students of all experience levels—even those who have never picked up a foil or battled a level 3 mage. The center welcomes beginners of all ages through its Learn to Fence program, and routinely sends its qualified fencers to USFA National events.
Taking its name from the words "real estate" and "empower," REMPower connects knowledgeable instructors with students looking to learn or refresh their memory of the knowledge needed for a real-estate license. Experienced real estate agents work as instructors and strive to keep classes engaging as they lead prelicensing courses for prospective agents.
Linda Seidel is a long-time beauty expert who strives to subdue a wide array of dermal irregularities and discolorations. As the brain behind Natural Cover products, she understands how to analyze skin types, accommodate sensitivities, and vivify visages with a few strokes of the brush. Whether consulting with clients or guiding them through the application process, Linda encourages all guests to ask questions and explore their options, from trying new products and tones to abandoning old habits such as putting on lipstick while riding a pogo stick.