In 1976, Joan Barnes—a California mom frustrated with the lack of spaces where she could take her kids for safe and age-appropriate play time—took matters into her own hands and founded Gymboree Play and Music. In the decades since Gymboree’s founding, Joan’s vision of a safe place where youngsters could build confidence and creativity has come to fruition and spread to 30 countries around the globe. Staffed by attentive and expertly trained instructors, each Gymboree outpost adheres to a curriculum of activities designed by experts to foster the development of children's cognitive, physical, and social skills through structured play and close readings of Goodnight Moon. The staffers also conduct entertaining classes for parents, newborns, and children under 1 year that cover subjects ranging from music to sports, imparting valuable lessons of imagination and physical activity to developing minds. To further set apart her business, Barnes employed nationally renowned playground designer Jay Beckwith to design the proprietary play equipment at her centers.
Family Music Centers bolsters beginning Bachs with supportive and nurturing tutelage in a wide variety of melodious mechanisms. One of more than 50 qualified music masters will lend their skill and experience to enhancing your harmonious abilities, in one of their more than 20 private studios. Bring a guitar, saxophone, flute, or collection of wet-rimmed glassware to understand the scales and subtleties held within. Four consecutive weeks of classes will lay a solid base to build upon, until eventually you're ready to perform “Three Blind Mice” with the New York Philharmonic. Family Music Centers provides pianos for potential key mashers, while other instruments can be rented at the center for an additional fee.
A patient team of musical linguists teaches students to translate the gobbledygook of quarter notes and treble clefs into melodious poetry in 45-minute weekly sessions. Piano lessons guide groups of no more than six through the murky waters of theory, utilizing the trusted Mayron Cole Piano Method as a reference map. Beginners start out with the fundamentals of rhythmic reading and keyboard geography on a studio piano, and intermediate students learn compound rhythm and atonal audience antagonism. Guitar students learn to pluck strings with panache in a class that covers the basics of theory and proper maintenance before advancing on to face-melting chord progressions. An easy-to-follow format allows impatient rockers to play popular power ballads right away. Three levels of voice lessons levels coax beautiful harmonies from untrained esophagi, with tone-enhancing techniques for breath support and pitch matching practiced in a supportive environment.
Tailored toward recreational students, Las Vegas School of Dance offers grown-up sessions to suit every taste. The fleet-footed dance instructors will release the dance-floor master within you through patience, clear instructions, and encouraging personal support. Class size is intimate, allowing ample attention and preventing feelings of embarrassment or inadequacy that can come from overstuffed boxes of flailing limbs. Dancing is a real workout, and even more so, it's a fun way to erase the self-consciousness that holds back the hypnotic moves your world deserves to see and worship.
Lea Archer once sang and danced professionally on the Las Vegas Strip, but, during that time she noticed the community was missing something: a center for performing-arts practice. She opened Xelement Music and Dance in order to combine music and dance lessons under a single roof, gathering a team of instructors to lead individual and group lessons in such disciplines as electric piano, music business, DJing, lyrical hip-hop, musical theater dance, and cheer. Archer's favorite part about her job is watching her students collaborate: oftentimes, music students will create tunes to which her dancers choreograph performances.
Even though it?s been lauded by CBS New York, Time Out New York Kids, and Nickelodeon Parents Connect, ABC Do-Re-Me! most values praise from its students. At each energetic studio, newborns to 6-year-olds ecstatically bounce along to children?s songs from a live guitarist or to tunes by pop artists such as the Beatles, the Black Eyed Peas, and Madonna, as they build cognitive skills, develop socially, and create dance routines that will wow at baby prom.