For a decade, Learning Allegro has been offering group music classes for toddlers — and from time to time, someone will ask us, “Does music really make a difference at THAT age?” It’s a valid question! After all, the average two-year-old can barely talk, struggles to […]
Miss Haleigh shares her Learning Allegro journey with us in this last blog post of 2018. The last week of December is an interesting paradox. Within the span of a week, we go from celebrating the past to cheering on the future. Christmas is all about […]
Here are a few clips from our 2018 Christmas Recital — including a guest appearance by Miss Wendy! We heard from over 30 talented young musicians at this year’s event. What a treat!
Do you have a budding musician in your home? Check out our website for more information about lessons in music and art at Learning Allegro.
Learning Allegro has been blogging for a whole year! Here’s what happened since last October. Since the Learning Allegro blog has now been active for a full year (woohoo!), we’d like to take a minute to look back on everything that has transpired […]
At Learning Allegro, we never pass up an opportunity to take great music into the Greater Chester County area — or even beyond! Just this year, students and teachers from Learning Allegro have…
- Volunteered at the West Vincent Elementary Talent Show
- Partnered with local school auctions and charities to give more families a taste of music lessons
- Performed at the Falling Leaf Festival
- Provided great music at local farmers’ markets and garden expos
- Performed at West Vincent Day
- Played pit for local musical theatre productions
Why do we make such an effort to partner with others in our community?
Simple: we believe that music is best when it’s shared.
Music is a communicator. It is meant to be shared and enjoyed! The moment music becomes “one more thing to practice,” it loses its joy. One of the easiest ways to grow as a musician, have fun, and make a positive impact through music is by sharing it with your community!
At Learning Allegro, our hope is that our students and teachers will fall more in love with music by taking their skills into schools, churches, local festivals, theatres, Boy Scout campfire circles, and anywhere else that could use a bit of beautiful noise. We believe that music is most fun–and special–when you can share it with your friends and neighbors.
If you know a way that we perform or volunteer in the Chester County area, please shoot us an email! We are always looking for ways to make our community more musical.
Every now and then, someone asks us whether their child should be in group lessons or private lessons — but believe it or not, the two are really designed to work together. Allow me to explain!
Group lessons and private lessons, as separate entities, both have a LOT to offer. In private lessons, your child gets one-on-one help that is impossible to duplicate in a full classroom. Since a lot of group music is arranged orchestrally, a student in private lessons will also have more exposure to the gorgeous solo pieces written for their instrument.
Group lessons have their perks, too — they tend to be more high-energy and social, which is a huge deal in terms of personal development. They can teach students the importance of listening to the musicians around them, following a conductor, and how to hear different parts within a larger piece of music.
However, both group lessons and private lessons have their limits — which is why we normally encourage people not to isolate one from the other.
When a student’s entire exposure to music is just in private lessons, they miss out on the larger purpose of playing an instrument. Most music is played with other people, not in a vacuum! As such, a life of private lessons without exposure to group work is unrealistic. Since private lessons lack the energy factor of a group lesson, it can also be easy for a child to get bored if that’s his or her only musical outlet. I (Miss Haleigh) started private lessons at the age of three or four, and I didn’t play in a formal group setting until I joined my first orchestra thirteen years later. I can honestly say that I would have been a more enthusiastic student if I’d had the group experience earlier in life.
On the other hand, when a student’s only exposure to music is in group lessons at school, I find that they don’t progress as quickly or as independently. It’s easy to practice when 20 other kids are playing the same thing as you — and honestly, it’s easy to “fake it” and hide your mistakes in that scenario. Private lessons force the student to take ownership of his instrument’s individual voice in a way that group lessons do not. They are a better place to correct bad habits, explore new musical genres, and gain confidence as a soloist. For timid students, private lessons are also a space where they can ask questions without getting embarrassed. There is no social pressure, no peers to impress, and no competition–just the student and the teacher.
Having taught literally hundreds of kids over the last few years, we at Learning Allegro are strong proponents of BOTH group and private lessons. Both are incredible opportunities with unique strengths — and they balance out each other’s weaknesses.