Today is the Saturday before Christmas — the busiest shopping day of December, according to 2018 statistics. What can we say? Christmas is great, but it also makes December a pretty busy month. If you’re like most Americans, you might still be looking for that […]
At Learning Allegro, we are PROUD of our students and their accomplishments! Take a moment to meet one of our awesome flute students, Bekah. Bekah is in seventh grade, and she has been taking lessons at Learning Allegro for about four years. She originally […]
Whether or not you’re an early-Christmas-tree type of person, there’s something exciting about the joy in that November-December season between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Everyone seems to be in a better mood! It’s also a season that really encourages the arts. Decorations go up, plays are performed, and — our favorite — we break out the Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa music!
November and December are particularly rich times for music students in public schools. Christmas concerts are often a HUGE draw audience-wise for most musical groups, and that means that an orchestra student gets a chance to hone their skills while taking part in a traditional genre that defines a good chunk of our winter season.
The only DOWNSIDE to orchestral Christmas programs, especially school programs, is that they often require a little more work than usual on the musician’s part. Rehearsal processes can be rushed and demanding!
If you have a young musician in your house, here are a few tips to help keep the JOY alive during those Christmas rehearsals:
REMEMBER WHY THE MUSIC IS SPECIAL. Talk with your child about what their music means. Why do we sing those songs every Christmas? What memories are attached to them? Emphasize the things that make the material fun and special.
GET EXTRA HELP. If you’re not in private lessons, November/December are a great time to give them a shot. It’s a short window of time, so commitment is less pressing, and it’s a season that is often marked by extra work for a young musician. It’s VERY hard to learn music at a uniform pace, especially orchestral pieces. If you see your child getting frustrated or feeling like he can’t keep up, private lessons are a great way to combat those insecurities.
FIND SOMEONE WHO KNOWS THE MATERIAL. At Learning Allegro, we often get multiple students from the same school districts, so we’re familiar with most of the local Christmas concert repertoires. If your child brings in their Christmas music, we’ve probably already worked it with one of their classmates. That familiarity helps! Come spend some time with a teacher who knows the music and can help you fine-tune it.
PRACTICE. This one is a no-brainer, but muscle memory goes a long way! Encourage your child to pick up their instrument as often as possible and to practice with diligence.
At Learning Allegro, we have private lesson openings for strings, brass, piano, woodwinds, and voice every weeknight. We also have weekend hours! If your child is stressing out about winter recital work, give us a call (484-341-8842) and let us help you. You can also learn more on our website.
Your child begs all summer to play the clarinet. Eventually, you cave, rent an instrument, and sign him up for the school’s band program…and he LOVES it! That is, for a few weeks. By mid-October, the “Honeymoon Phase” of starting an instrument is over, and the […]
At Learning Allegro, we are PROUD of our students and their accomplishments! Take a moment to meet one of our awesome students, Carrington. She is in eighth grade and studies guitar, piano and voice with Learning Allegro’s Mr. Mickey and Ms. Sarah.
1. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN TAKING LESSONS AT LEARNING ALLEGRO?
I have been taking lessons for six years.
2. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE SONGS YOU’VE LEARNED IN LESSONS?
I enjoyed “Runaway” by Aurora and “When We Were Young” by Adele.
3. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOUR TEACHERS?
They’re both very funny!
4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT MUSIC LESSONS?
I just love music in general.
5. CAN YOU TELL US ONE INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOURSELF?
I love theatre.
6. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?
I want to be a neurosurgeon or an actress.
Thanks for being part of the Learning Allegro family, Carrington. We are proud of you!
Do toddler music programs really do much for your child? How can you tell the difference between a healthy, growth-minded music program and a glorified singalong? Here are a few things to consider. First of all, your little one can often pick up […]
There are dozens of methods, theories, and approaches to music education. In fact, every teacher and studio you ever encounter will be a little bit different. However, there are definitely things that make each one strong and unique.
At Learning Allegro, we are proud to be part of a vibrant music education community in the Chester County region. We also happen to think we’re a little unique! Here’s why:
1. OUR TEACHERS TEACH THEIR PRIMARY INSTRUMENTS. In most music studios, teachers cover an array of instruments — including ones with which they have minimal experience. At Learning Allegro, we make every effort to pair our students with teachers who have specific expertise in the instrument at hand.
2. OUR TEACHERS ARE WORKING PROFESSIONALS. All of our instructors have ongoing musical experience in a field outside of the music education sector. Some of them are involved in orchestras, theatre pits, and marching bands. Some of them are in rock bands or other performance groups. Some of them write and record in their spare time! We believe that the best teachers are active learners; external musical outlets allow our staff to stay in touch with their “inner student.”
3. STABLE SCHEDULES. In some studios, the employees are mainly full-time music students. That means that the studio schedules have to change with each school semester. At Learning Allegro, most of our teachers maintain a steady schedule all year round.
4. MIX AND MATCH APPROACH. At Learning Allegro, we get it — you might not mesh with every teacher you meet! If a student is struggling to understand one teacher’s approach to the instrument, we give the option of trying a new instructor. We’ve all been there before, and none of us will ever be offended. We want to see our students with teachers they respect, enjoy, and can learn from!
5. REGULAR PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES. All of our students are encouraged to participate in our biannual recitals, which happen in December and May/June. Occasionally, they also play for community days, open houses, and other events.
6. FOCUS ON FUN AND TECHNIQUE. We understand that not every student will play forever! Whether we teach you for one year or ten, we want you to leave the studio with a strong foundation in technique…however, we’re also strong believers that fun and technique aren’t mutually exclusive. Our goal is to give every young musician the tools they need to not only do well, but ENJOY the musical process.
At Learning Allegro, we are PROUD of our students and their accomplishments! Take a moment to meet one of our awesome guitar students, Hailey. She is in eighth grade! HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN TAKING LESSONS AT LEARNING ALLEGRO? Two years. WHO IS […]