When Joan Barnes founded Gymboree Play & Music in 1976, she envisioned a facility where parents and children could play together in a safe and age-appropriate environment. In the following decades, Gymboree spread to more than 30 countries across the globe, helping youngsters from infants to 5 years old develop cognitive, physical, and social skills.
The company's instructors lead classes such as Play & Learn, its flagship course, in which parents and kids move through a seven-level program filled with storytelling, play activities, and debates on the merits of sandwich crust. Talented staffers also prep youngsters for school and foster development in areas such as music, art, and sports. Throughout all classes, they make use of custom play equipment designed by acclaimed playground designer and seesaw-tamer Jay Beck.
Music On The Westside's one-on-one and partnered music lessons match students with experienced musicians prepared to boost their proficiency in singing or playing the piano or guitar. Vocal students in particular follow the Seth Riggs educational method, which hones diaphragm control by having students sing “Seth Riggs” in alternating octaves. Aside from private lessons, the center's Happy Harmonies program provides singing instruction for a variety of age groups, culminating in public performances. For example, Happy Harmonies offers a Kids Christmas Caroling Group in the fall and winter.
Signature service: High quality lessons with 36 years experience
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30–60 minutes
Brands Used: Ibanez, Alvarez, Recording King and more.
Pro Tip: Guitars must be set up for best comfort and enjoyment. Bring in your guitar for a free estimate.