Professional tennis player Sam Querrey has been ranked in the ATP’s top 20 players in the world—but that may never have happened if it wasn’t for Tim Schnaible. Schnaible served as Querrey’s personal coach in the tennis star’s formative years of 10–16, helping mold his big serve and net-charging game into one of the world’s most formidable talents. Today, as the owner and director of tennis at Match Tough Tennis Academy, Schnaible continues to train players with the help of a staff of former high school, college, and USTA standouts. The Academy offers group lessons for adults and juniors of all abilities, as well as pro-shop services including racket stringing with a 24-hour turnaround.
Dream Music Studios provides a creative outlet for students after school. Led by experienced instructors, kids can hone their singing skills, brush up on music theory, or learn the chords, scales, and theory necessary to play piano, guitar, bass, or violin. Lessons also teach styles including classical and jazz, playing by ear, music history and recording, and reading musical notation. Lessons can be conducted at the studio, in students' homes, or via Skype. In addition, pupils have the chance to show off their chops at numerous performance opportunities throughout the year, including competitions, traditional recitals, and rock concerts at area venues.
With more than two decades of experience, David Schuman has taught hundreds of students how to play the piano by tailoring instruction to individual needs and tastes. David starts by learning the student’s goals, strengths, and musical preferences, then crafts a strategy specific to that student. David might encourage practicing jazz numbers, pop standards, or musical accompaniment to celebrity Twitter accounts. Even though no experience or note-reading ability is necessary to get started, students of every age can expect to play songs with both hands by the end of their second lesson. David also teaches the art of arrangement and the intricacies of music theory to more experienced musicians.
When Cook It Up's owner and head chef Lily Valadez was a little girl, she spent hours at the library pouring over cookbooks, unlike her contemporaries who were doing their homework or firing spitballs at sleeping librarians. She shares her lifelong passion, teaching the fundamentals of cooking to kids as young as 3 years old. She also offers themed adult classes, during which she schools students on how to prepare hors d'oeuvres and three course meals at home. In addition to its standard curriculum, Cook It Up hosts parties that range from cake decorating for kids to sushi rolling for adults.
Rock and Roll High turns children into rockstars through lessons and summer camps that mold eager novices into capable maestros. Popular week-long summer camps help kids assemble bands, practice their instrument and write songs, and even shoot a music video. At-home lessons for children or adults cover a choice of instruments, including guitar, bass, drums, and voice.
Moving about the shelves of wine- and beer-making supplies at Simi Valley Home Brew are the business’s team of brew masters, vintners, cheese mongers, and industry experts whose passion is to share their expertise with beginners. They do so in two- to three-hour 101 classes, during which students receive hands-on training on how to ferment beer, bottle wine, and create mead at home from scratch.