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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 […]

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 — […]

For the Love of Music

For the Love of Music

Valentine’s Day might be over, but love is always a timely subject! In the spirit of keeping love alive this month, here are a few of our favorite things about Learning Allegro’s dearest art form, music.

 

1. MUSIC SPEAKS TO US. No matter how scientific we get about frequencies, timbres and chord structures, music always ends up back at the same place — a place that touches the human heart. What makes a sad song sad? A tense song tense? How can you tell that a song is sad or tense without even hearing a lyric? At some point, the answer is, “It just does.” It speaks that unwritten language of emotion, tension and release that every single human being shares.

 

2. MUSIC ADDS DIMENSION TO THE WORLD. Some of our senses, such as sight, touch, and taste, deal with things that are very visual parts of our world. Music is different; you will never see it on a horizon or collect it in your fists, but it adds depth and meaning to every tangible thing around us! There’s a reason a street performer can capture our attention before we even see him on the sidewalk. Even without seeing him or his instrument, his music adds dimension to the ordinary in our lives.

 

3. MUSIC IS LEARNABLE. Yes, music is art, but it’s also science. That means that right-brain and left-brain types can both become great musicians! It takes time and dedication to become a good musician, but that dedicated person can come from any background. Music was meant to be learned!

 

4. MUSIC IS SHAREABLE. Some of our senses are experienced individually, such as sight — you can’t hand your eyes to somebody and show them exactly how you see the world. Music is a little more versatile. You can take the beauty, grandeur, or heaviness of what you see and turn it into something that others can hear. 

 

5. MUSIC CONNECTS PEOPLE. When I bring my violin on the road with me, or even overseas, I always make friends. Again, music is shareable and speaks to us on a very natural level. It’s something people can rally around and enjoy together. On the formal level, it connects artists with other artists. Some of the best friends I’ve made in life are fellow musicians. We share a form of expression. It’s awesome!

 

At Learning Allegro, we LOVE music, and we LOVE giving people the tools they need to make it for themselves. Can we share our first love with you? Check out our website to start your own musical journey today!

Does music REALLY make a difference for toddlers?

Does music REALLY make a difference for toddlers?

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 […]

WATCH: Clips from Learning Allegro’s 2018 Christmas Recital

WATCH: Clips from Learning Allegro’s 2018 Christmas Recital

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 […]

Highlight clips from our 2018 spring recital!

Highlight clips from our 2018 spring recital!

Our student musicians did not disappoint! Check out a few of the very talented young artists who played at our 2018 spring recital. So proud of ALL of our Learning Allegro families!

 

Thoughts from above a stage

Thoughts from above a stage

This week, Miss Haleigh shares a little bit about the important role music plays in live theatre.      This spring, a number of the Learning Allegro teachers, myself included, have been playing in the pit for local theatres. If you’re not familiar, “playing in […]

Some presents don’t fit under the tree

Some presents don’t fit under the tree

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 […]

Don’t lose your marbles!

Don’t lose your marbles!

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!