At The Virginia Beach School of the Arts' "Music Mommy & Me" classes, kids and parents sing together to learn musical terms such as rhythms, notes, piano, and orchestral instruments. These classes work hand-in-hand with "Baby School", another entertaining program to help kids learn things such as sign language, academic information, and mathematical concepts through music and movement.
"Five layers in the Earth's atmosphere," the song begins. "Troposphere from here to 10 miles up. Stratosphere, mesosphere, thermosphere, and exosphere. Pass these, and then you're in outer space." So goes the song "Atmosphere," set to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It." By setting these easy-to-confuse scientific terms to a familiar song and adding in simple hand motions, kids can absorb knowledge better than a paper towel set on an encyclopedia. This is the concept behind Acadamiacs, one of the programs that combines education and fine arts at The Virginia Beach School of the Arts.
At the school, students learn important educational concepts such as reading and math; fine-arts concepts such as art, dance, and music; and social concepts such as following directions and listening skills. And while most classes are geared toward kids as young as 3 months old, adults are welcome in some courses, including private music lessons.
At MorningStar Music Learning Center, full-time music educator Wesley Stevenson and his finely tuned team of instructors teach students of all ages, backgrounds, and experience levels. Currently, they provide lessons in eight different instruments, ranging from piano and guitar to violin, cello, and voice. More than music, the center emphasizes music education as a vehicle for self-expression, and as a beacon for exploring the cavernous nooks of individual creativity.
Romp n' Roll’s energetic instructors inspire parents and children alike to get on their feet and learn in structured play-based educational classes. In small groups, kiddies engage with their peers and their environment during interactive lessons, such as dancing sessions or art explorations, which nurture their physical and mental development. Instructors keep their lessons lively by infusing play into each assignment. Outside the classroom, the staff hosts indoor play time to give kids a place to safely unleash any remaining energy. Parents can attend classes with their kids to spend quality time with their offspring and finger-paint something other than office budget reports.
The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous study facilities understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don’t try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having them tattooed on your chest. Many of Sylvan’s instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results. After-school and summer classes can ready high-schoolers for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college-admissions officers with their superior essay-writing skills.