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Do toddler music circles actually work?

Do toddler music circles actually work?

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 […]

Student Spotlight: Meet Gwen!

Student Spotlight: Meet Gwen!

At Learning Allegro, we are PROUD of our students and their accomplishments! Take a moment to meet one of our awesome piano students, Gwen. She is in the tenth grade and studies with Learning Allegro’s Monica Zheng.     HOW LONG HAVE YOU TAKEN LESSONS […]

Why Learning Allegro?

Why Learning Allegro?

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.

 

 

Meet Hailey! (Learning Allegro Student Spotlight)

Meet Hailey! (Learning Allegro Student Spotlight)

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 […]

4 signs that you’re a rusty musician!

4 signs that you’re a rusty musician!

It’s been an action-packed summer…but how are your musical skills holding up? Here are eight telltale signs that you might be getting rusty!     1. SIGHT READING IS HARD. AGAIN. Reading sheet music can certainly be tricky, but it’s also a skill that is fairly […]

Watch clips from our 2019 Student Recital!

Watch clips from our 2019 Student Recital!

We are so proud of the teachers and students at Learning Allegro! Take a moment to watch them in their element at the studio’s 2019 Spring Recital.

 

 

 

Meet Maanav! (Learning Allegro Student Spotlight)

Meet Maanav! (Learning Allegro Student Spotlight)

At Learning Allegro, we are PROUD of our students and their accomplishments! Take a moment to meet one of our awesome violin students, Maanav. He is in tenth grade!   HOW LONG HAVE YOU TAKEN VIOLIN LESSONS AT LEARNING ALLEGRO? I started lessons four years […]

Seven things every music student should remember

Seven things every music student should remember

If you’re a music student — or the parent of a music student — you know that there are MANY things to remember if you want to improve! Let’s take a moment to talk about a small handful of them. Here are seven tips that […]

Torn about summer lessons? Here are some of the benefits!

Torn about summer lessons? Here are some of the benefits!

It’s almost summertime — and summer means more time for growing, learning, playing, and exploring your community. Here are five great reasons to make music lessons part of your summer plans in 2019:

 

1. MUSIC IS FUN! Learning an instrument can be an awesome experience — but sadly, many kids only get to learn instruments as part of their extracurricular studies. In many cases, piano or clarinet lessons become a chore instead of an outlet for fun. When you take lessons over the summer, your child learns to see music as something separate from their typical scholastic activities. This often gives you more room to just explore the instrument and enjoy the process!

 

2. IT GIVES YOUR WEEK SOME STRUCTURE. Yes, summer is a time for flexibility and spontaneous beach trips, but let’s face it: we all need a little bit of structure in our lives. Taking some kind of lessons over the summer gives you (and your child) a little bit of routine, which often makes for a healthier calendar overall.

 

3. YOU CAN TRY NEW THINGS WITH MINIMAL RISK. Has your child been begging you for trombone lessons lately? Are you worried that he’ll end up hating it? Put him in summer lessons! Since summer only lasts a few months, we often encourage parents to use it as a testing ground. If your kid hates trombone lessons, you can figure that out before committing to school orchestra and long-term programs…but if he loves it, hey! You’ve found a great new outlet for him!

 

4. IT KEEPS THE OLD SKILLS IN SHAPE. If your child already plays an instrument, this is huge! Learning to play an instrument is like any other skill — it gets rusty when you put it aside for extended periods of time. A current music student needs to stay in shape! Keeping your child in lessons will maximize her potential and help her to keep building on the skills she gained during the school year.

 

5. IT GIVES YOU SOMETHING TO SHARE THIS SUMMER. Music is such a beautiful thing to share in all seasons, but especially summer. The warmer months give us plenty to celebrate! Use summer lessons to make you celebration-ready. As you’re honing your skills in the practice room, you can turn around and use them to make the world around you a little more colorful. We’d love to help you keep those skills in shape and make them shareable!

 

 


FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SUMMER LESSONS AT LEARNING ALLEGRO, VISIT OUR WEBSITE. 

What to expect at your first lesson

What to expect at your first lesson

Have you ever wondered how private music lessons work? Here is a glimpse into how lessons work at Learning Allegro!   1. SHOW UP ON TIME. Most nights, the studio is full of students! Your teacher, as well as the other families, will probably be on a pretty […]