Bergen Academy of Music and Art fine-tunes the music skills of students of all ages, offering private lessons in piano, guitar, violin, voice, and a multitude of woodwinds. Students are matched with one of more than 20 potential teachers based on levels and instrument choice, and for most sound makers, including guitar, voice, and woodwinds, the minimum pupil age is typically 5–7 years. Lessons teach a variety of musical styles, including classical, rock, and jazz, and teachers develop pupil-personalized methods to cover technique and musicianship. Classes also coach scholars in music theory, ear training, instrument maintenance, and cummerbund-wearing basics. Private symphonious sessions are once a week, and must be taken in consecutive weeks at the same time and day. Those interested should call their selected location to schedule a first lesson.
Though it only opened five years ago in Brisbane, Australia, Remember Forever has already taken the land down under by storm, and has expanded across the deep blue to New York, Boston, Washington, Philadelphia, and D.C., with locations opening soon in Miami and Los Angeles. Despite its global presence, the business aims to maintain its small boutique-photography feel and its dedication to ethical practices, such as fair pricing and humane treatment of all lenses. Remember Forever’s expert staff members enthusiastically tout the business’s mission of sharing a love of photography with clients, running 15 distinct workshops and snapping professional photos for momentous occasions such as weddings and family portraits.
As a former fashion print model, Michael Huhn knows how to work a camera. He proves he’s just as talented on the other side of the flash, however, during photo shoots at his New York, LA, and Miami studios. The Brooklyn native—whose images have been published in a self-titled book—specializes in portraitures, in which he plays with light and shadow to create dynamic shots of clients.
Internationally exhibited contemporary painter Rebecca Schweiger could let her dreamy forest landscapes and densely textured abstract oils speak for themselves. Instead, she constantly reaches out to other budding artists, helping them represent their own authentic voices in paint, through 10 years in her Upper West Side studio, The Art Studio NY. Schweiger's work with pupils in locations from Costa Rica to Israel to Texas inspired her to open her own studio, where she and her team of instructors lead students through workshops in painting and drawing landscapes and tastefully nude fruit.
Lively photographers play off their high-energy subjects, moving around the studio as families, kids, and pets laugh, play, and display their natural character during relaxed in-studio portrait sessions. While cute and cuddly subjects often light up PortraitBug's flashbulbs, the photographers welcome a variety of other subjects, from families and expectant mothers to professionals in need of resume-worthy headshots and teens looking for the right glamour shot for their social-networking profiles. A link to a password-protected gallery grants continued, unlimited access to any previous shoots, shareable with friends and relatives for direct viewing and ordering.
Before Roberta Fineberg was an award-winning photographer, author, and teaching artist, she was a newbie, giddy with excitement when the Saturday Review published one of her photographs. Before long, her work appeared in French magazines and on book jackets for publishers such as Harcourt and Simon & Schuster. Her love of pets lead to the writing of her first book, City Riders, a story in words and pictures about three teenage girls in New York City and their shared love of horses, published by Macmillan.
When she isn't snapping dramatic portraits or offering her skills to businesses in need of creative advertising, she chronicles events and cultural milestones in her signature candid, emotional style. Roberta also shares her experience and skill with others during NYC Spark your Creativity workshops, designed to get students off the beaten path, looking at the city in a new light to boost their creativity. Today, Roberta's photography can be found in France at the Bibliothèque Nationale and the Bibliothèque Marguerite Durand, as well as in the United States and Russia. When she isn't snapping dramatic portraits or offering her skills to businesses in need of creative advertising, she chronicles events and cultural milestones in her signature candid, emotional style.
Roberta also shares her experience and skill with others by teaching workshops and classes. She can often be seen roaming the streets of New York, hopping from island to island as she encourages her pupils to see photography as an adventure in experimentation. As part of her educational outreach, Roberta helps struggling middle-school students and adults who speak English as a second language to improve their linguistic repertoire through photographic excursions and friendly conversations.