With only two years of piano lessons under her belt, 9-year-old Kim Gardner was talented enough to perform for the National Federation of Music. Other instruments come just as naturally to her—now in her 30s, she's taught voice, guitar, and piano for more than seven years. Along with a team of equally experienced instructors, Kim teaches students through The Music Adobe, named for its personalized private lessons that take place inside students' homes. The experienced instructors have all been carefully screened and selected to ensure the highest quality of music education and experience possible. The Music Abode's personalized approach and open teaching philosophy allows instructors to tailor instruction to each individual's different style of learning.
For beginners, Kim and the team imparts the fundamentals by honing in on skills such as sight-reading and playing basic chords. With intermediate and advanced students, they focuses on more complex symphony pieces, and suggests ways to avoid laughing at conductors when they start waving their little sticks. They prepares every student to participate in semiannual recitals, where pupils can show off their newfound chops for family and friends.
Jacques Cousteau had barely slipped the first scuba tank off his back when Pacific Wilderness opened its doors in 1953. Since then, the shop’s staffers have used their collective expertise to outfit divers with high-quality equipment from brands including Aqualung, Oceanic, Scubapro, Seaquest, and Zeagle.
They also teach PADI scuba-certification courses that range from basic open-water training to advanced rescue diving. Lessons start at the on-land facility's heated pool but progress to weekend-long dives in the waters of Redondo Beach. The shop's scuba-philes also arrange journeys to exotic locales such as the Sipadan Water Village Resort in Malaysia and the secret depths of Camp David's presidential bathtub.
National Bartenders School bestows budding cocktail crafters with serving savvy, a rarefied repertoire of potables, and industry connections for future employment. The 40-hour-equivalent libation lesson encompasses each essential element of beverage management?from money handling to mixology?and teaches beginner bartenders more than 200 saucy cocktails and advanced barfly-swatting techniques. Amateur amaretto slingers can complete the bartending course in one week (eight-hour classes Monday?Friday), two weeks (four-hour classes Monday?Friday), or during multiple Saturday sessions (at the Hollywood location only, if students are unable to attend weekday classes).
Leading three main programs, instructors at 2nd Wind Traffic School tackle everything drivers need to know before they get behind the wheel. A 30-hour driver-education curriculum includes classroom and hands-on portions. Traffic school, meanwhile, helps those with traffic citations overcome potential legal and insurance obstacles and covers proper fist-shaking technique for moments of rush-hour frustration. Through the continuing-education program, instructors sharpen the skills of driving instructors and professional vehicle operators.
Hair California Beauty Academy teaches students everything from basic techniques to the latest trends in the beauty industry. The school?s intensive programs focus on a different aspect of beauty, including hairstyling, cosmetology, manicures, massage therapy, and skincare. Students gain hands-on experience at the spa supervised by a licensed instructor, where they dispense their skills to the public with such services as eyelash applications, chemical peels, perms, manicures, and impromptu rounds of Patty Cake.
Pedro Gutierrez's career has taken him all over the world—from working with celebrity photographers in LA to spending time on assignment in London, Spain, and Mexico City. Throughout his travels, he has cultivated a talent for transforming everyday scenes into works of art. He now brings that same level of passion to his studio or on-location photo shoots, where he captures special events, family photographs, and portraits.