What began in 1998 as a business run out of Diane Shaw and John Foo's basement has blossomed into an empire of three brick-and-mortar shops, a warehouse, and an online emporium bursting with handy teaching tools and toys. Education Station's extensive collection supports the healthy mental and physical development of kids of all ages, whether they're honing fine motor skills or penning thought-provoking postmodern critiques of children's literature. Youngsters share quality time with parents and siblings over informative games, puzzles, and playthings, and teachers shape bright young minds with classroom supplies and lesson-plan supplements. Each shiny new e-book, fun toy, and challenging puzzle is hand-selected and fosters long-term learning and intellectual development.
Ray Charles once said, "Music to me is like breathing—I don't get tired of breathing, I don't get tired of music." Edmonton Music Studios' team of instructors celebrates this quotation, among others, on its website, and works hard to inspire similar life-long musical passions within students of all ages. During lessons, pupils learn to play scales, sing with strength, or communicate in Morse code on the piano, guitar, violin, cello, or harmonica. Music-theory classes boost students' understanding of melody, harmony, rhythm, and other components of song. Children's choir groups meet to harmonize songs from a variety of genres.
Guitar, drums, piano, and vocals; recording, composition, and performing; musical theater, reggae, and classical. Somehow, Justin and Megan McDonough have studied it all and still have the energy to share their passions with others as studio manager and school manager at Resonate. In addition to lessons for students as young as age three in popular instruments such as violin and guitar, Resonate’s instructors forge musicians ready to make a splash in the modern music industry with sessions in topics such as music theory, digital production, and audio engineering. The latter can be put into practice in a recording studio, where full-semester students get an hour of free time to put together a polished recording. The artists supplement musician-aimed lessons and resources with harmonic services for hire—producing ad jingles and voiceovers, composing original songs, and humming lullabies to squalling babies.
Option Traders Group Inc teaches students how to navigate the choppy tides of an up-and-down market with courses that reveal the intricacies of its movements. During cram sessions, an experienced trader outlines theories to deliver profitable strategies applicable to trading options and stocks alike. A presentation of option types, chains, and expiration dates lets students dip their toes into the basics before diving into more advanced topics, including depreciation, market volatility, and brokerage fees. To help their students gain further knowledge of the business, Option Traders Group Inc also offers continuing education workshops, which provide more hands-on exercises as students test their skills on the open market and attempt to defeat a simulator in arm wrestling.
Alliance Française of Edmonton fosters a nuanced understanding of French culture with a staff of enthusiastic francophones and a schedule of events celebrating French customs and traditions. The language school helps guests learn to parler en français with classes for children and adults, private tutoring sessions, and a curriculum catered to clients in the corporate and business world. Guests can hone their linguistic skills in a laid-back, fun environment during monthly game nights or when enjoying breakfast fare and French chit-chat at Cafe Croissant, a two-hour social gathering held the first Saturday of every month.
The trainers at Fitness First take a prescriptive approach to fitness. First, they evaluate each client's current fitness levels and consult with them about their fitness goals. Then, they craft a plan of action, which might involve working out with a few others in small, supportive classes, or hitting the gym for one-on-one personal training sessions. Guided exercise isn't the only way in which Fitness First creates toned, tight physiques; the center's specialists also conduct nutritional consultations to help clients maintain a healthy diet.