From acting alongside Al Pacino to working with the casting directors of Boardwalk Empire and Argo, Joshua Nelson knows firsthand the hurdles actors must face, both in front of and behind the camera. As the head instructor at LaGuardia Acting Studio, he draws on his 20-plus years of experience to train actors of all ages and skill levels. Instead of emphasizing specific methods, Joshua weaves elements of Stanislavski, Strasberg, and other techniques into lessons tailored to each individual student. With these foundations of craft intact, pupils strengthen their chops for film, television, and commercials through scene studies and character development exercises. Joshua also emphasizes the business side of the industry by training his students in audition etiquette and resume writing.
As a nationally renowned tutoring program, Sylvan Learning helps kids catch up, keep up, and get ahead in school. The skilled team utilizes a personalized tutoring approach to develop a learned legion of students of all ages. During the initial visit, your child will partake in a Sylvan Skills Assessment, which highlights any trouble spots and serves as a base line for future progress. Each student will then traverse four tailored tutoring sessions, which cover math, reading, writing, study skills, and algebra. Sylvan additionally issues regular progress reports to provide parents with a comprehensive look into your youngster's ongoing sessions and showcase the company's impeccable taste in fonts. Check with your local participating Sylvan Learning center's website for available days and hours, and call ahead to schedule.
In the late 1970s career educators Eileen and Raymond Huntington opened the first Huntington Learning Center in Oradell, New Jersey. Their goal was to take an individualized approach to education, adjusting instructional tactics according to each student's set of needs. Their success in helping K–12 students prepare for exams and improve grades and study skills quickly spawned franchises across New York and New Jersey.
Today, the certified Huntington tutoring staff utilizes testing and rubrics for assessing each child's skills, academic needs, and potential for growth. The teachers even note the student's behavior in different testing and academic situations to craft a methodology sensitive to each child's learning style. Teachers also adhere to the company's code of ethics that stresses professionalism and confidentiality and encourages pupils to improve their grades honestly through dedicated study rather than shortcuts.
Graphic designers Jennifer Gunn and Hollie Sehrt, co-owners of Design23, boast impressive print and web portfolios. They meld bold colors and clean lines for clients, and whip up some fun in the form of BYOB design workshops for students. The workshops teach the fundamentals of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Premiere, and After Effects to students who sip on wine.
Armed with college and graduate degrees from prestigious schools around the country, the certified instructors of Think Tutoring help kids succeed in school with innovative curricula and customized lesson plans. Tutoring starts with a skills assessment to determine the student’s lesson level and individual difficulties with the material. Customized courses then delve into school subjects such as reading, mathematics, and opening cardboard milk cartons without splashing yourself in the face.
In 1998, School of Rock's first location was built in Philadelphia to strengthen kids' self-confidence, develop their musicianship, and most importantly, spark an insatiable enthusiasm to learn. Today, the School of Rock franchise has branched out to more than 65 locations throughout the United States and Mexico. During the school's music lessons, encouraging instructors well versed in methods of rocking and rolling—such as strumming guitars, tickling keyboards, and causing avalanches with yodels—demystify music theory for mini Mick Jaggers of all skill levels.
School of Rock's Rock 101 program acquaints beginners with the instrument of their choice using a curriculum of weekly private lessons and group band rehearsals. Virtuosos ready to hit the stage can participate in the performance program, which prepares students for live performances that pay homage to beloved rock icons such as Queen, Led Zeppelin, and Mount Rushmore.