With years of experience both performing and teaching music, the instructors of The Modern Music Studio help students discover the world of musical self-expression. They strive to make lessons fun as well as rewarding, incorporating music theory, technique, and practical skills such as tuning, restringing, and learning the perfect spot to pat on your belly so it sounds like a real bongo. Students can take lessons in piano, guitar, violin, drums, or voice, and can focus on classical music, jazz, or popular hits. The studio also offers instruments for sale.
With only two years of piano lessons under her belt, 9-year-old Kim Gardner was talented enough to perform for the National Federation of Music. Other instruments come just as naturally to her—now in her 30s, she's taught voice, guitar, and piano for more than seven years. Along with a team of equally experienced instructors, Kim teaches students through The Music Adobe, named for its personalized private lessons that take place inside students' homes. The experienced instructors have all been carefully screened and selected to ensure the highest quality of music education and experience possible. The Music Abode's personalized approach and open teaching philosophy allows instructors to tailor instruction to each individual's different style of learning.
For beginners, Kim and the team imparts the fundamentals by honing in on skills such as sight-reading and playing basic chords. With intermediate and advanced students, they focuses on more complex symphony pieces, and suggests ways to avoid laughing at conductors when they start waving their little sticks. They prepares every student to participate in semiannual recitals, where pupils can show off their newfound chops for family and friends.
Samy’s Camera's team of shutterbugs imparts mastery of the rapidly changing currents of digital photography through any of the introductory classes. Computer classrooms resound with the banter of students and the hum of photo editing hard drives during the Introduction to Photoshop CS5 class, which focuses studies on Adobe Camera Raw images and the simple ways to manipulate them into prints of celebrities eating other celebrities. Intro to Digital Bookmaking offers insight into how a coffee table book can be a personalized wedding album, cookbook, and more. During the seminar, Samy's Creative Solutions software will be demoed and a coupon code for a free photo book is given out. The secrets of calibrating cameras and computers to show consistent color unveil themselves in the Intro to Color Calibration course, and Understanding Your Digital Camera covers basics such as setting resolution, basic flash operation, and more for a point-and-shoot or digital SLR camera. Intro to DSLR Video helps people realize the full potential of their cameras and provides instruction on how to stabilize and accessorize shooting rigs.
A community presence in Orange County since the California Gold Rush, YMCA of Orange County remains true to its lasting mission of physical and social enrichment for men, women, and kids of all ages. Staff members uphold the YMCA’s core values of honesty, acceptance, and fairness as they invest in their community’s children and strengthen family bonds critically weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly. They pump up adult-fitness regimens with aquatic fitness and boot-camp classes, personal training, and a full gymnasium outfitted with equipment for basketball, martial arts, and rope skipping. They’ve also filled their fitness center with free weights, cardio equipment, and rowing machines. When they’re not helping adults trim down waistlines during Zumba and aerobics classes, staff members are getting back in touch with their inner children. They stimulate imagination, mental development, and growth as they lead children’s day camps, afterschool programs, and youth basketball.
Flooded by dozens of green and cool-blue stage lights, the 2,500-square-foot stage at The Music Hall looks like a platform fit for even the most lauded rockers. Constructed by musicians, for musicians, The Music Hall contains an acoustically treated live room and production stage equipped with side-fill monitors, a mixing console, and an outboard system with equalizers and effects. A professional lighting system allows whoever is using the space to customize the look to their act, making it an ideal venue for musical shows, special events, and performances. The Music Hall also boasts a school staffed by professional musicians who conduct lessons in voice, piano, guitar, bass, and drums, as well as workshops for subjects such as songwriting and music theory.