Long before opening Mitch's Music School, Mitch Puglisi was tickling the piano keys, playing accordion, and singing. He even co-produced “The All New Blues Brother Revue.” In fact, Mitch loved music so much that he gathered a handful of talented musicians, including one who has played piano since the age of 5, to teach folks how to jam. Together, these instructors have the most popular instruments mastered, sharing their expertise in the drums, guitar, piano, saxophone, clarinet, and flute. During lessons, students learn not only basic techniques, but also music theory and how to properly smash a woodwind on stage after a concerto.
Like most parents, Cyndi R. doesn't like to take chances with her child's wellbeing. By the time her son was 13 months old, Cyndi had interviewed roughly 20 childcare providers—but she noticed something different when she walked into the local KinderCare. The staff here greeted every child by name and, as she peeked into each of the classrooms, Cyndi noticed engaged instructors leading one-on-one lessons. The center's Assistant Director even took the time to answer all of her questions, both before and after she decided to enroll her son.
The thing is, this isn't a unique experience. KinderCare now has more than 1,700 centers, and parents across the country share similar thoughts on their local educators. To hear them tell it, it's the commitment of those teachers that makes all the difference. Twice a year, KinderCare hosts the largest early childhood teacher-training program in the country, and every center pursues national accreditation. All of this translates into the development of social, emotional, physical, and intellectual skills in infants and children up to 12 years old.
That may seem like a lot of skills to entrust a daycare with, but KinderCare is more than just a daycare—in fact, it's better to think of it as a learning center. During daycare, kindergarten, and before- and after-school programs, KinderCare's educators lead activities that focus on six different areas, including math and science, language and literacy, and the art of opening a tricky juice box.
The adage that "there are no small parts, just small actors" rings truest at The Center Stage Studio, where budding thespians of all ages get their share of the spotlight. Under the experienced wand of director Tracey DiMiceli, a seasoned performer and theater instructor who also helmed Malibu's prestigious "Fitness by the Sea" summer camp, young actors develop the skills to sing, dance, and deliver heartfelt Tony Award acceptance speeches in a wealth of classes and camps.
In the family-tailored musical theater camps, which feature themes reflecting popular musicals and children's shows, lil' thespians learn the fundamentals of theater technique—including blocking, projecting, and stage direction—and cultivate skills that boost self-esteem and critical thinking. Camps end with a public performance where every child gets a spot in a major musical number and receives a speaking role, curbing the theatrical tradition of jealous prepubescent understudies.
At the age of 5, Natalie Costa’s daughter was cute, lively, and photogenic—reason enough to give show business a try, she thought. But with no one to guide her and her daughter through the maze of booking auditions and getting representation, she found herself out thousands of dollars on useless portfolio shoots and manager fees. In response, Costa founded The Performers Academy, modeling the friendly, welcoming atmosphere on the dancing school she loved as a child. She made sure to stock it with instructors who had the inside knowledge she could have used at the outset: all professional actors, directors, and producers with lots of experience in film and TV and a special focus on children’s programming.
The academy caters both to kids seriously trying to break into the business and to casual enthusiasts who find performing a liberating way to build self-confidence. Age-appropriate classes deal with such key topics as managing audition stress, honing improvisational comedy skills, and projecting loud enough to be heard over that giant gong that somebody keeps bumping into.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Various pedagogical methods and approaches used: such as Kodaly method, Orff, Dalcrose and some Suzuki and traditional piano/voice principles applied.
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring?
Students will learn a variety of music from method books, classical and popular repertoire.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Instructor hopes students will develop confidence in themselves and in their musical abilities, including a life-long appreciation and love of music.
What do you love most about your job?
Since music is a gift that lasts a life time I am so grateful teaching it and nurture it.
Enjoy a night of theater in Laguna Niguel. Mission Viejo Dance And Performing Arts has the wit and drama for you in their current season.
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At this theater, everyone will find something they love — kids included!
Move, groove, and shake it at one of Mission Viejo Dance And Performing Arts' top-notch dance classes.
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