When Joan Barnes founded Gymboree Play & Music in 1976, she envisioned a facility where parents and children could play together in a safe and age-appropriate environment. In the following decades, Gymboree spread to more than 30 countries across the globe, helping youngsters from infants to 5 years old develop cognitive, physical, and social skills.
The company's instructors lead classes such as Play & Learn, its flagship course, in which parents and kids move through a seven-level program filled with storytelling, play activities, and debates on the merits of sandwich crust. Talented staffers also prep youngsters for school and foster development in areas such as music, art, and sports. Throughout all classes, they make use of custom play equipment designed by acclaimed playground designer and seesaw-tamer Jay Beck.
From owner/proprietor Paula Manning Lewis's harmonic interpretations of guitars to painterly creations by Caroline C. Blaker, Chroma Studios houses a bevy of local and cultural pieces. This month, the creative hub hones in on the works of New Mexico artists and celebrates its two-year anniversary. View a list of showcased artists here to get a feel for featured talents. Chroma's collection includes jewelry, ceramics, photography, and mixed media.
Since 1997 Jay Forsythe has been offering the best in quality guitar & bass lessons. All lessons are custom tailored for each student. Whether your goals are to be able to play some music for your own enjoyment, studying guitar or bass in preparation for music school, or starting up a band and taking over the world!
The encouraging instructors at Dimensions sow the seeds of graceful pirouettes and melodious orchestration through classes that cultivate nimble dancers and tuneful musicians. Dancing queens and kings can select from a variety of course styles, including Technique with Paula Morgan, which teaches general dance principles such as how to avoid stepping on toes or kicking down chandeliers ($6 for a drop-in class, ages 7 to adult). Three progressive levels of hip-hop classes build cardiovascular strength and undeniable rhythm ($58 monthly, ages 7 to adult), while pom classes coach aspiring cheerleaders with routines that improve sharp leg movement, arm placement, and visual effects ($58 monthly, ages 7 to adult).
Music On The Westside's one-on-one and partnered music lessons match students with experienced musicians prepared to boost their proficiency in singing or playing the piano or guitar. Vocal students in particular follow the Seth Riggs educational method, which hones diaphragm control by having students sing ?Seth Riggs? in alternating octaves. Aside from private lessons, the center's Happy Harmonies program combines singing and dancing instruction for a variety of age groups, culminating in public performances.
Signature service: High quality lessons with 36 years experience
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Brands Used: Ibanez, Alvarez, Recording King and more.
Pro Tip: Guitars must be set up for best comfort and enjoyment. Bring in your guitar for a free estimate.