Rhythm & Pitch’s staff of nearly 20 teachers enables an enormous variety of classes: not only music for kids and adults, but also theater, dance, color guard, sound engineering, and music ministry. Instrument-specific lessons set pianists and guitarists on the path to virtuosity and help ventriloquists’ dummies discover their own voice. Ready-made groups, including jazz combos and symphonic wind ensembles, provide performance opportunities every few months. A duo of state-certified teachers runs the after-school program, which provides kids up to age 18 with a snack, instruction in the school’s three specialties, and homework help.
More than just a creative outlet, art teaches students how to solve problems, set goals, communicate, and challenge themselves. The art instructors at Priscilla & Tiffany’s Art Corp. incorporate these lessons into each activity, whether students are using charcoal to sketch a winter scene or constructing a collage representing the report card they'd like to receive. As kids and adults work at easels or across large tables, the spacious studios are filled with carefully designed lighting and soft classical music.
We spoke with Jack Macaluso?Regional Social Media and Web Coordinator at Beauty Schools of America?about how the academies prepare students for careers in the real world and why it's important for the schools to give back to their communities.
On the schools' mission
Above all else, Jack says that the schools "try to focus and harness the students' creativity," while giving them all of the experience and practical skills they need not simply to be prepared to enter the work force, but to succeed and thrive. The relatively lengthy training programs ensure that aspiring stylists, cosmetologists, makeup artists, barbers, and massage therapists fully understand the intricacies of their chosen specialty, as well as what they need to do to continue advancing their future career according to Jack.
On the role of the instructors
With a roster of instructors that includes industry professionals with international spa and salon experience, Beauty Schools of America strives to give attendees a broad view of the numerous options open to them. Jack is also clear that the teachers' guidance isn't limited to classroom environments. When the advanced-level students are allowed hone their talents by performing treatments for actual clients, "an instructor or two will always be there to assist and answer questions," he says.
On the products that the students use during treatments
Students use brand name products like Moroccanoil, Sojourn, Nioxin, and others. Working alongside their instructors at modern service stations, these stylists use these products to craft en vogue cuts, color, styling and therapeutic practices.
On the schools' charitable involvement
Beauty Schools of America embraces opportunities to give back to its communities while providing real-world experience for students at the same time. Jack goes on to describe events where the schools' aspiring barbers and cosmetologists performed complimentary services for underprivileged residents, and he mentions one specific occasion when massage students provided free treatments for community members who participated in a bike ride dedicated to raising awareness about multiple sclerosis.
DrPhoneFix's technicians know their way around a circuit board. That's because they spend their days repairing and replacing electronic devices of all sizes, from hand-held smartphones to full tower computers, striving to power up their customers' products with as little downtime as possible. Their Apple repair services bring sidelined phones and tablets from the brink of the recycle bin by replacing smashed glass as well as touch sensors that only respond to the feel of their owners' toes. They can also remedy broken charger ports, crackling audio connections, and faulty power buttons that plague HTC and Samsung devices.
The elegant lines of a quinceañera dress. The awestruck face of a child meeting her favorite Disney princess. The exchange of smiles between newly engaged couples. Priscilla thrives on capturing the details that surround major life events through her on-location or in-studio photo shoots. No matter the occasion, Priscilla stands ready—camera in hand—to beautifully preserve moments, which she makes available with a selection of print options and high-resolution digital images that can be easily shared online.
Cali Salsa Miami Pal' Mundo's knowledgeable instructors have imported plenty of intricate, sultry dance moves directly from the lively streets of Cali, Colombia. At their stateside studio, they help students of all ages and abilities grasp salsa techniques and timing. They teach moves that span the style spectrum, from basic spins and steps to more difficult, attention-getting dance moves. It’s the kind of training that prepared the studio's dancers to perform at the 2012 Miami Salsa Congress.