With a special focus on beginner musicians, Riff Factory instructs eighth-note-hungry students on melodious matters through private lessons. Most of Riff Factory's savvy instructors have either collegiate musical education or experience performing in professional treble-clef-minded bands. Rental instruments are included in each lesson, allowing students to save their own cherished noisemakers for crowd-pleasing ukulele smashing.
Laura Monahan comes from an artistic family, and spent her youth practicing sculpture, oil painting, pottery, and what turned out to be her ultimate passion: photography. Her ability to preserve candid moments has left an indelible impression—she has a published portfolio on three continents and product lines appearing at national retailers such as Hallmark and JCPenney. Laura’s photo shoots always take place outdoors, capturing newborns, older kids, and families in soft, natural lighting and poses that never appear unnatural. Her settings span the country from San Diego’s foamy beaches to Denver’s red-rock sunsets and into the Midwest’s autumn leaves, and she holds mom's night out events all over the country, including in Honolulu, San Diego, Minneapolis, Chicago, and Denver.
Family Ties' audio-visual wizards transport precious memories from fragile analog formats to resilient CDs and high-capacity DVDs. Family Ties protects the source materials from harm while the staff works, taking the utmost care to transfer the contents while leaving the vessel intact. Film and videotape conversions spring wedding videos and shaky camcorder recordings of the infamous UFO bank robbery of '75 from their native formats for preservation in pristine digital quality. Still photos scroll across screens to musical accompaniment in video photo albums, and audio digitization knocks the dust off old album collections, cataloging tunes for easy playback on CD.
Math can be a challenge, even for the brightest of students. Abamath seeks to simplify the problem of math equations through enthusiastic instruction, technology, and encouragement. Specialized instructors pinpoint each student's strengths and leverage them to enhance the learning experience. Members receive unlimited access to their space and tutors, who teach everything from kindergarten arithmetic to calculus. Hourly one-on-one tutoring and homework help are available, as well.
Bearing the titles of Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman from Professional Photographers of America, David and Ally McKay embody the keen vision and aesthetic prowess that separated good photographers from great ones. They share these skills during classes at McKay Photography Academy, where they train eyes, fingers, and imaginations to work in tandem as a snapshooting dream machine. Their classes help aspiring photographers progress from neophytes to seasoned pros; the Beginning Digital Photography course teaches students to harness the intricacies of their instruments, and the Pro Academy offers inside tips on how to successfully snap wedding portraits, pose recent grads, or tease out candid emotions. When not busy instructing the next generation of shutterbugs, David and Ally also devise photo safaris, which send small teams of photographers to capture shots of famed landmarks including San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge; the Lincoln Memorial of Washington, DC; or Yosemite's 60-foot statue of Yogi Bear.