Before airplanes or helicopters, there were trapeze artists. Defying gravity for a chance at aerial artistry, they quickly became the stars of circuses and traveling shows the world over. At Circus Harmony Flying Trapeze Center ? Union Station, trapeze artists of today carry on this graceful discipline with the next generation of high-flying performers. Seasoned instructors?led by St. Louis native and triple somersault expert Matt Viverito?lead classes designed for all ages and skill levels, from curious adults to kids looking to be the next great circus stars. The only trapeze school in St. Louis recently celebrated the opening of a new facility; there, a state-of-the-art rig complete with brand-new equipment keeps students safe as they swing 25 feet off the ground.
The well-trained tone teachers at the American School of Music enlighten aspiring musicians with custom private lessons in a variety of instruments. During a 30-minute lesson, music mavens?many of them professional musicians or degree-holding music educators?can teach a 10-year-old his or her first guitar chords, or help an experienced adult drummer hammer out the difficult timpani solo from The Odd Couple?s theme. Before the lesson, administrative staff gathers information about each student?s goals, experience level, and preferred musical style so that instructors can tailor the experience to his or her needs. Beginning singers and instrumentalists will also receive a complimentary lesson book whose sentient pages whisper words of encouragement during at-home practice sessions.
Sylvan Learning helps improve academic performance and scholarly self-confidence of students in grades K?12 using one-on-one attention and a personalized curriculum. Perplexed pupils get a custom-tailored lesson plan with the individual skill assessment, a unique combination of standardized tests, diagnostic tools, and personal interviews that determines the best learning approach for each child (valued at $195). Close communication with parents and teachers ensures studious progress, and four focused homework help sessions (valued at $155) abolish low grades and unfounded blame directed at wordy textbooks.
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