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How to be Recital Ready

How to be Recital Ready

Recital season is upon us! Here are a few ways to make sure that you’re ready to go when the big day rolls around.   1. PICK A SONG YOU ENJOY. If you’re going to play for your family and friends (or even strangers), pick something […]

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 […]

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!

Here are four instruments your child can start early

Here are four instruments your child can start early

In most Pennsylvania public schools, orchestra electives begin in third grade. That means that the average student doesn’t formally pick up an instrument until age eight. Is it possible to start learning an instrument younger than that?   Yes! In fact, at Learning Allegro, we’ve […]

My Learning Allegro Story: Miss Haleigh

My Learning Allegro Story: Miss Haleigh

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 […]

Music is for the whole community!

Music is for the whole community!

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.