Dustin Ballinger knows guitars. With a degree in applied music and jazz guitar, extensive experience recording music with local musicians, and 15 years of performing under his proverbial belt, Ballinger approaches the instrument with ease and familiarity. “I have always believed that music lessons of any kind should be fun and friendly as well as challenging,” he says. He backs up his belief by leading his roster of classes with an encouraging and dedicated approach. Lessons unfold in a cozy, homey studio space complete with couches, rustic wooden accents, and windows that look out onto sparrows trained to sing the guitar parts from “Free Bird."
Judging from the hordes of magpies waddling outside its windows, Ancient Beads is obviously full of shiny objects. Pegboards line the walls, gridded with tiny baggies of gleaming Swarovski crystals and glass beads in all colors. Semi-precious stones and wooden baubles stand ready to be thread into delicate lengths of wire.
During more than 125 classes, visitors learn the finer points of jewelry-making from experienced threaders, including such techniques as glass fusing, chainmaille, and macramé.
Ontario Truck Driving School provides more than the name suggests. The school trains students for all commercial vehicle licenses as well as for heavy equipment operation. Safety and lift operator courses have also become complements to our larger program selections.
Reading, writing, and mathematics don't come easily for everyone. At Canadian Learning Centre, dedicated staff members harness their own expertise to connect with adults and kids and guide them toward mastering their areas of difficulty. A phonics-based curriculum familiarizes students with vowels and consonants and helps them easily distinguish between silent letters and the ones that shout out loud. In writing sessions, pupils learn to apply grammatical rules and proper punctuation as they write stylish paragraphs. During mathematics sessions, students cover the basics, including addition and measurements, as well as more advanced skills such as calculus, geometry, and trigonometry.