Many public schools treat art and music extracurriculars. In fact, the arts are often defunded before subjects that really are extracurriculars, like sports. Why? In the scheme of global history, we’re really the first era to downplay art education. Our ancestors treated the arts just as […]
It’s no big surprise that most kids love music, but hate practicing. We often sell practice negatively, whether we mean to or not. We paint it as work (which is true), but fail to emphasize the room for discovery, improvement and fun within that work. Like any good […]
In (belated) honor of Valentines Day, here are a few facts about music that we’re sure you will love.
– Music is linked to the release of dopamine, a chemical in the brain that makes you feel good!
– 1 in 10,000 people have “perfect pitch,” the ability to recognize a pitch without any reference.
– The first piano, invented in 1709, was originally called the “gravicèmbalo col piano e forte,” which
is Italian for “harpsichord with loud and soft.” This name was later shortened to “fortepiano” and
then just “piano.”
– The Japanese word ‘karaoke’ comes from a phrase meaning “empty orchestra.”
– In retail stores, slow music is played to keep you shopping and make you spend more. In
restaurants, fast music is played to speed up turnaround.
– A single violin is made from more than 70 individual pieces of wood.
– Taylor Swift wrote her first song at age 12 after a computer repairman taught her three guitar chords.
– The best music lessons in Chester Springs are taught at Learning Allegro…but we knew that
Who are we kidding? You don’t want to read a long article about the benefits of music today! It’s Superbowl weekend and the Eagles are ready to win! Has anyone else enjoyed the camaraderie in the Philly region lately? It seems like ever since the […]
IN TODAY’S POST, MISS HALEIGH TACKLES A COMMONLY-ASKED MUSIC QUESTION. One of my favorite parts about working at Learning Allegro is the diversity of the people I encounter every day. Music is one of those rare things that manages to pull people out of every […]
Here’s a discouraging fact: although many of us will make “new year resolutions” in 2018, about 22 percent of those resolutions will fail within a week. In a month, that number will have doubled to 40 percent. We imagine it continues to go downhill from there. Aren’t statistics sad?
We’d like to assume the best of all our Learning Allegro friends and students, so we’re sure that none of you will fall into that 40 percent category (wink, wink). However, if you’re still trying to pick a new year’s resolution, may we humbly suggest one?
Resolve to practice.
And no, we’re not just saying this to offset our responsibility as teachers to help you sound awesome. There are tons of personal benefits to practicing your instrument; that’s part of why we, as professionals, continue to practice!
Here are just a few ways that practicing your instrument will help you:
YOU WILL GET SMARTER. Playing an instrument stimulates your brain, increasing memory capacity, spatial-temporal skills, and even mathematics.
YOU WILL LEARN PATIENCE. LOTS OF PATIENCE. Nothing sounds pretty right away, no matter how gifted a musician you might happen to be. There’s a lot to learn from personal resolve!
YOU WILL START TO SOUND BETTER – IF YOU PRACTICE WISELY. Practice makes…wait for it…permanent! Perfect practice makes perfect. That means learning to be picky and strive for personal excellence. Simply put, if you’re sloppy when you practice, you’ll be sloppy when you perform–but if you practice responsibly, you’ll sound awesome!
YOU WILL FEEL ACCOMPLISHED. Making music is measurable progress. You won’t sound great immediately, but in time, you will hear a difference. You’ll be able to look back and see how much you’ve improved…and no matter who you are, that always feels great.
YOU WILL BECOME MADLY POPULAR. Okay, maybe we’re stretching this one…but music is a social thing, and the more you practice, the more others will be able to enjoy your talents!
We at Learning Allegro wish you the best in 2018. Don’t be part of the forty percent! If you make a resolution, commit…and if that resolution happens to be music related, we’re always here to help.
Last Sunday, Learning Allegro held its annual Christmas concert. Over 40 students showed up to spread some holiday cheer–and show off their FANTASTIC skills. It’s a joy to teach (and learn) alongside each of our budding musicians, and we can’t wait to see where they […]
If you’ve managed to pull out of your Thanksgiving food coma, congratulations! You’ve come to your senses just in time for everyone’s favorite month-long shopping spree — that dreaded stretch between Thanksgiving and Christmas. At least there’s Christmas music on every radio station. That should […]
Every now and then, we come across a really innovative way to make music. Today is one of those days!
Today’s wacky and impressive instrument was invented by Swedish musician Martin Molin. The instrument, called the Marble Machine, is technically a “musical sculpture” and took Molin 16 months to design. The Marble Machine is not Molin’s first creation to utilize marbles, but it’s certainly the most musical.
Don’t lose your marbles this Thanksgiving–even marbles have musical value!
“Confessions of a Former Bad Student” is a series by Miss Haleigh — Learning Allegro teacher, orchestra violinist, and former bad student. I never celebrated Halloween growing up. I went trick-or-treating exactly twice in my life: once when I was two (my parents, kind souls, […]