When award-winning percussionist Paul Peterson isn't showcasing his rhythmic skills live, he trains budding beat keepers at Backbeat Percussion Studios. During private lessons, he focuses not only on more common instruments, such as drum sets and snare drums, but on what he calls total percussion. This encompasses most of an orchestra's percussion section, from the rumbling timpani to the soft patter of two pillows banging against one another. Such well roundness lends Paul's students an advantage as they audition for ensembles such as drum lines or all-state orchestras. Equally useful are Paul's group lessons, where activities like drum circles help pupils adjust to playing with other musicians.
Though servers at Taste & See parade saffron-infused paella, lump-crab-loaded mac ‘n’ cheese, and expertly blended cocktails through the dining room, customers have more to stare at than the food and drinks. While sipping Sangria or an herbal gin concoction, patrons fix their eyes on Venezuelan-born chef Jason Febres, who tosses together ingredients in his kitchen located at the center of the dining room. A performance venue as much as it is a restaurant, Taste & See's unique space lets patrons witness the cooking process from start to finish. Some visitors snag the front-row seats along the kitchen's sleek granite countertops, which wrap around the stoves and griddles, but those further back can watch Chef Jason demonstrate techniques such as meat preparation and plating on a 110-inch projection screen. To keep the experience interactive, he also leaves his station to visit diners individually, as well as shares his insights with the whole dining room through a microphone or carefully rolled cone of salami.
As he chats, Chef Jason reveals the inspiration behind his constantly changing menus, which blend an array of global flavors, such as those of the Middle East and Argentina, Peru and the American South, or Hawaii and Japan. He and partner Steven Bacci draw from their years of global travel and different ethnic backgrounds to concoct their eclectic fare. They draw further inspiration from their daily shopping trips for ingredients at local farmers' markets, and by scheduling surprise raids on their friends' refrigerators or Fort Knox's stockpile of fancy cheese. This international inspiration is also reflected in the Latin, Middle Eastern, and Italian music that mingles with the sounds of sizzling food in the dining room.
Blow dryers whir in the hands of stylists in training as they concentrate on perfecting their trade. Wielding professional-grade Paul Mitchell shampoos, conditioners, and awapuhi-keratin treatments, the students cut, color, and style the hair of their clients, adhering to professional standards.
Paul Mitchell The School not only nurtures the students and pushes them to their full potential inside the classroom with a dress code and high educational standards, but also works to build self-esteem. Their vision is to create happy and successful future professionals. Staff members support all of their students as they begin a new life and a new career, whether that means overcoming addiction or supporting themselves for the first time.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Some people just want to sit behind the kit and rock out with their favorite songs after a stressful day at work- for others, playing drums is a topic for serious study.
I tailor my lessons to each student individually so that they can achieve their personal goals.
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring?
All you need to bring is yourself!
You will want to get your own pair of sticks (for practicing at home), and we may decide on a book to work out of, but to start I have everything we need (plenty of extra drumsticks!)
The instructors at Spanish Horizons lead classes through a variety of language-learning activities, helping them to cement the connections between Spanish and English words and phrases. The classes are geared to build conversational skills, focusing not just on grammar but on how to actually speak the language. Nurses, doctors, teachers, and other professionals can learn to communicate with Spanish speakers at work during industry-specific seminars, and native Spanish speakers can improve English skills with bilingual citizenship and computer classes.
Jennie Becker's art has decorated galleries around the world. Her installations have adorned both public and private venues. Her skills have helped teach artists as young as kindergarteners. And at Jennie Becker Studio, she puts all those experiences to use.
Not only does Jennie continue to create portraits, murals, and public art installations, but she also teaches her skills to others. Art classes include everything from fun, creative classes for little ones to pottery-making classes for adults.