At Gifted University, young children have an opportunity to explore all the knowledge the world has to offer. Classes start as young as six months, teaching children dance, art, and foreign languages. After school programs complete a well-balanced education with engineering and science lessons alongside art and foreign language programs. Gifted University also offers dance, music, vocal lessons and private and group music lessons, and more. When they're not learning how to read music, kids can play with their friends in Giftedville, the school's indoor playground.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition? Gifted University is one of the only education-enrichment programs of its kind in the area. Most parents spend their weeks traveling to several locations and several programs, while Gifted University offers them all in one location.
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring? All your child needs to bring is his or her imagination, positive energy, and willingness to explore.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business? My daughters were actually the inspiration behind starting this business. We wanted them to have introductions to multiple art forms and subjects. I have struggled for years to find one program that offered everything in one place. So we created it.
What do you love most about your job? We love introducing children to the world of the performing arts and watching them explore, discover, and embrace their gifts. We also love working with children that maybe gifted in an academic subject and helping them to reach their highest potential.
A recent transplant to Altamonte Springs, dedicated pianist Joyce Lundeen has spent the last 30 years teaching students of all ages to coax melodies from the ivory keys. Initially unsatisfied with the instructional books on the market, she has published more than 50 of her own, which are used by piano teachers across the United States. In addition to learning to read and play music, students can hone improvisational skills and learn music theory.
After studying the saxophone at Northwestern University, Dan Ferri set sail with Royal Caribbean cruises. During his time at sea, he played swinging tunes and stunning solos for crowds traveling to more than 21 countries. Since returning to the States, Dan has focused on training the next generation of musicians at DRF Studios. In private lessons, he and his fellow instructors teach students a variety of woodwind, string, and brass instruments, including bassoon, viola, and trumpet. Dan also sells equipment such as mouthpieces and performs in-house repairs on any malfunctioning instruments.
Listening to music from a young age does more than help someone dance well enough to get on the Jumbotron during basketball games. It can also improve a child's brain development, social skills, and emotional connections. The staff at Grow and Sing Studios make it their mission to aid in the development of children through a wide variety of age-appropriate classes. Instructors lead students through activities steeped in song and rhythm, from the parent-baby drumming in Kindermusik Village to the group sing-alongs during Music for Aardvarks. They also teach piano lessons.
One of the largest locally owned gourmet coffee and tea shops in the U.S., Barnie's offers more than 50 different gourmet coffees with 15 delectable flavors. Barnie's typically brews four different fresh coffees each day, and a ballroom of smoothies and lattes waltzes alongside mochas, espressos, and cappuccinos. Sit and sip a freshly brewed cup ($1.59+) or begin hoarding bags of pre-ground or whole-bean specialties such as Santa's White Christmas ($9.49/12 oz.)—a combination of Barnie's blended coffee with hints of coconut, sweet caramel, and vanilla guaranteed to keep you alert during the season when homes are most vulnerable to invasion by diabolically generous bearded elves. Recently unfrozen British cavemen can warm up with signature teas such as organic raspberry truffle and white-ginger peach, while all others can hose down tongue gardens with summer specials such as the Barnie Palmer ($2.29–$2.59), a blend of strawberry iced tea and mango lemonade.