In 1976, busy California mother Joan Barnes wanted nothing more than to find a play place where she and her kids could enjoy age-appropriate, educational activities. Finding none, she developed her own innovative play environment within a developmental-based program structure now known as Gymboree Play & Music. Today, kids tumble and learn in more than 650 locations in 33 countries around the world, engaging in open play and classes designed to build cognitive and motor skills. As parents participate in their children's development, their kids learn to paint, play music, and interact socially outside of their preschool knitting circles.
At The Talent Pros, a multitalented staff of veteran video producers, Grammy nominees, and visual artists combine their talents to offer a wide range of creative services. The team handles everything from audio recording to video editing and post-production as well as projects such as website design and online marketing campaigns. Staff members also share their knowledge with motivated up-and-comers through music workshops, which cover songwriting skills, industry knowhow, and how to operate recording gear and tin-cans-attached-by-a-string professionally.
The owners of Evolution Music have been a fixture in Chicago's music scene for years. They've operated several music venues, recorded albums for area bands, and organized concerts for more than 5,000 local and national acts. At their Orland Park studio, they help musicians of all experiences to develop their skills with guitar, bass, piano, and drum lessons. Visitors can also peruse instruments in an onsite shop or schedule an appointment in the onsite recording studio.
Tristan Warwick's piano skills have earned him everything from gigs on Chicago’s Radio WFMT series to more than 100 first place honors in numerous piano competitions. Drawing on more than 20 years as a pianist, Tristan helps ready the next generation of expert ivory ticklers at Palos Heights Piano. During 15, 30, or 60-minute lessons, he teaches students of all ages everything from navigating their way around a keyboard to how to decipher and play a Bach fugue. Once a year, Tristan invites his pupils to don semiformal attire and showcase their newly refined skills during a formal concert for family and friends.
Kids and adults sound out their musical and rhythmic prowess with individual and group lessons at Allegro Music and Dance Academy. Led by experienced teachers and supplemented with at-home video instruction, music classes encompass an array of styles and techniques to establish a foundation for jazz combos and kitchen utensil bands alike. Group guitar classes teach picking, strumming, and shredding methods to 6–13-year-olds with weekly classes of up to eight students ($240–$299 per 16-week session). Groups form according to age, with older crowds also delving into songwriting and basic rock star moves such as windmilling, power sliding, and trashing an expensive hotel room. Group piano lessons also convene weekly, with up to 10 novices imbuing fingers with basic tickling techniques, as well as theory and repertoire ($240 per 16-week session). Songbirds aged 9 and older stretch their vocal chords with one-on-one voice instruction, while younger warblers learn in the company of a piano’s finely tuned tones. The music class schedule showcases all group meeting times, but private instruction in keys, strings, or vocal chords can also be scheduled Monday–Thursday from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Fridays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.