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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 — […]

When is my child ready for private music lessons?

When is my child ready for private music lessons?

Every now and then, we’re asked how early a child can begin private music lessons. Is there one right answer?   Not exactly. As we all know, people are unique. We all learn at different paces, adjust to new situations differently, and have our own […]

A Year in Review: Learning Allegro

A Year in Review: 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 since last October.

 

1. WE STARTED A BLOG. Let’s go with the obvious first. Blogging lets us connect with our families and friends beyond the studio. It’s also like a real-time scrapbook, in some ways! We’ve thoroughly enjoyed our venture into the blogosphere this year, and we plan to keep on flooding your feed with great musical content.

 

2. NEW STUDENTS. We’ve seen our student population grow–and with that growth, we’ve seen a great new diversity in the types of instruments and musical styles being taught in our building. Thank you for helping us make Learning Allegro a bigger family!

 

3. NEW TEACHERS. Where would we be without them? In the last twelve months, we brought new guitar, voice, piano, woodwind, and drum teachers on staff. Each one brings something special to the studio and clearly loves what they do. We’re so blessed to have awesome teachers under our roof!

 

4. GROUP CLASSES. We started a group strings class this year, which has been great (shout out to Miss Amanda!). We’ve also seen group guitar and rock band classes take center stage.

 

5. ART! The people have spoken: art at Learning Allegro is a huge hit! Budding artists of all ages have composed their own creative works under the skilled eye of Miss Sarah. Our walls are getting full of paintings, and we wouldn’t have it any other way!

 

6. OUR LIVE MUSIC BUSINESS TOOK OFF. This year, we started a live music group for special events. We never dreamed it would take off so quickly–but WOW, were we busy! Allegro Music played for a small army of events, including weddings, memorial services and corporate dinners. We also became the preferred musicians for several venues in the PA and New Jersey region. (Thank you!)

 

7. WE VOLUNTEERED. We played at local festivals, farmers markets, in pits for community theatres, and volunteered at a local elementary school’s talent show. We love doing our part to make the community more musical and cohesive.

 

8. WE HAD TWO GREAT RECITALS. See videos at the bottom of this post!

 

9. WE DISCOVERED THAT MUSIC IS AWESOME. Okay, this one is a freebie…but seriously. This is a discovery that we make every day at the studio. Every time a student aces that “impossible” song, or one of our teachers creates something awesome, we realize how blessed we are to be on this crazy ride as a music school.

 

 

 

2017-18 was a year of real growth for Learning Allegro, and we can’t wait to keep growing right alongside the rest of the Chester County region. Thanks for being part of our family!

 

To learn more about Learning Allegro, visit our website

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 […]

Music facts we’re sure you will love

Music facts we’re sure you will love

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
already. 🙂

Watch the Philadelphia Orchestra Play “Fly Eagles Fly”

Watch the Philadelphia Orchestra Play “Fly Eagles Fly”

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 […]

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 […]

For the orchestra violinists…

For the orchestra violinists…

Hi, Allegro fans!

If you’re a violinist, you’ve DEFINITELY met one of these people in your orchestra!