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.
The professionally trained music instructor behind My Music School teaches children aged 4–17 to play guitar, bass, violin, and ukelele during semiprivate weekly classes. The classes are social, giving students the opportunity to make friends as they hone their skills. Students might even gain some unexpected math knowledge, which they can put to use when counting the number of frets on their dad's vintage air guitar. Students of all ages and ability levels can also opt for private lessons.
As a consummate multi-instrumentalist and teacher, Alek Kotero traverses the many dichotomies of the music industry. Acoustic versus electric. Soft rock versus death metal. Simon versus Garfunkel. His breadth of experience and comprehensive training make him an ideal mentor for guitarists of all stripes. During his private sessions held on-location or over Skype, beginner and intermediate students as young as 6 hone old skills and learn new ones. Alek's teachings can range from reading guitar tablature to complex musical theory, enabling students to write their own licks, solos, and radio jingles.
Even though Temecula Music Academy's instructors began playing early—from drums at age five to violin at eight—they recognize that virtuosos can start at any age. In small group classes for kids and adults, teachers start off by covering musical fundamentals, including theory and reading notation. From there, they hone in on skills specific to each instrument, such as fingerpicking patterns for guitarists or breath control for singers and dragons. Along with classes throughout the week, the academy's instructors offer private lessons in other instruments, such as banjo and ukulele. All sessions build up to regular recitals, where students showcase their newfound talents for family and friends.
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.