A group of musicians step onto a parade trailer and man their requisite noisemakers—guitars, bass, and drums. Only months ago, they may have never even picked up an instrument, much less thought they'd be part of a band playing a live gig. But now, their nimble fingers deftly play live covers of The Beatles, AC/DC, and Maroon 5, which pump from speakers as the movable stage winds through Lehi's streets.
The university-trained instructors of Utah School of Music & Dance organize music and dance recitals like these each year, helping students of all ages and abilities to share their burgeoning expertise. Profiled by the Utah Valley Business Blog, the school encompasses both private and group training studios where tutors such as guitarist Scott Miller—author of Mel Bay's Getting Into Jazz Fusion Guitar—help emerging Mozarts as young as 3 to master woodwinds, percussion, or the art of destroying a guitar amplifier. During dance classes, expressive movers practice hip-hop, jazz, or ballet moves atop a supportive floating floor, lingering afterward in a waiting room decked out with complimentary movies and WiFi.
In crowded classrooms, it's easy for the needs of individual children to be overlooked. Despite the best efforts on the parts of teachers and students alike, all children learn at different rates and in different ways. Sylvan Learning Center's nationwide network of tutors and resources seeks to fill in educational gaps and keep flagging students from elementary to high school up to speed.
Whether children struggle with reading, writing, or solving the complex logarithms necessary to get their jetpacks airborne, Sylvan's learning gurus help them chart a course through learning roadblocks. Initial skills assessments determine where students fit into the Sylvan tutoring regimen with a series of tests, diagnostic tools, and interviews. With a greater understanding of the needs of each student, tutors create custom approaches to keep students engaged and in command of the fundamentals.
With exams on software and digital literacy that result in globally recognized credentials, Certiport primes individuals to impress in almost any environment where they'll be using a computer. Their programs encompass applications from names such as Microsoft Office, Adobe, and QuickBooks. Users first learn to navigate their chosen software with a variety of resources, including practice exams and learning content that are far more accessible than instructive radio plays. They can then take the official Certiport exam in person at one of 12,000 testing centers across the world. Certiport's packages are geared towards development in both the workforce and academia, assisting everyone from IT professionals to educators.
Golfers forge a path to straighter drives, smoother putts, and lower scores year-round inside Black Clover Golf Academy’s 22,000-square-foot golf learning and training facility. Evan Byers oversees the operations, bringing insight learned during a four-decade golf career that includes stints as a player, caddy on the Senior PGA TOUR, representative of golf manufacturer Callaway Golf, and tournament director of numerous PGA tour level tournaments. Evan personally vets each instructor, ensuring that they can instruct any level of golfer with confidence and aren’t spies working for the caddy of one-time rival Chi-Chi Rodriguez.
Black Cover Golf Academy fosters golf-game improvement with a 12-stall driving range, a 2,100-square-foot putting green, a practice sand trap, and a golf simulator. As golfers hone their swings, a burbling creek and walls plastered with pictures of scenic mountains simulate the experience of being on a world-class golf course without the threat of running into a herd of feral golf carts.
In the late 1970s, career educators Eileen and Raymond Huntington opened the first Huntington Learning Center in Oradell, New Jersey. Their goal was to take an individualized approach to education, adjusting instructional tactics according to each student's particular set of needs. Their success in helping K–12 students prepare for exams and improve grades and study skills quickly spawned franchises across New York and New Jersey.
Today, the certified Huntington tutoring staff utilizes testing and rubrics for assessing each child's skills, academic needs and potential for growth. The teachers even note the student's behavior in different testing and academic situations to craft a methodology sensitive to each child's learning style. Teachers also adhere to the company's code of ethics that stresses professionalism and confidentiality, encouraging pupils to improve their grades honestly through dedicated study rather than shortcuts.
A trio of black-belted Moras sisters lead the diverse fitness curriculum at Amys Martial Arts. Melany, Amely, and Samy blend the disciplined technique they’ve displayed in national, collegiate, and international martial-arts competitions with coaching and referee experience as they teach students aged 3 and older. Children's tae-kwon-do classes develop motor skills, balance, and a positive attitude, and tumbling sessions develop the sense of balance needed to roll, cartwheel, and handspring. Adults can explore the physical and mental benefits of tae kwon do's full-body workout or jump-start their heart rate with kickboxing, or imagine how they’d use tae kwon do to fend off a pack of wild rabbits.