Our Teaching Method:

At Allegro Music & Art Academy, we truly believe in the success of our "novel teaching combination method". This approach to violin learning consists on a fusion of the Russian virtuosic, along with the Suzuki teaching philosophy, which encourages discipline and love for the instrument.

How Students Learn Music

 

  • Suzuki Method - Student learns music by ear, which means that they hear the song played and then copy what they hear back on their violin.

  • Traditional Method - Student learns musical notation and music reading skills from the beginning.

  •  Allegro Method  - Student learns by ear until they are mature enough to deliver sound and are curious to learn musical notation.

Parental Involvement at Lesson 

 

  • Suzuki Method - Parents come to every lesson and are encouraged to listen, take notes, and become actively involved.

  • Traditional Method - The relationship between teacher and student is key. Parents offer encouragement and support.

  • Allegro Method - We highly encourage parents of younger children to be present during all lessons. It is crucial for children to practice at home and for parents to supervise, guide and point out incorrect posture/position/sound. The only way a parent can do so is by attending the lessons and paying attention. There are ocassions in which the student will perform better without their parent's presence during lessons. If that is the case, the instructor will probably suggest that the parent not be present during class.  

Practice and Parental Involvement at Home

  • Suzuki Method - Student learns music by ear, which means that they hear the song played and then copy what they hear back on their violin. Parents are encouraged to supervice the practice but not offer any feedback.

  • Traditional Method - Student learns musical notation and music reading skills from the beginning. Parents are encouraged to supervise and correct any evident mistakes.

  • Allegro Method - All children are different which means that the exact same teaching method will not benefit them all. The instructor will be very specific when providing instructions regarding home practice and parental involvement, all in the benefit of the student.

Age at Which Student May Begin Playing

 

  • Suzuki Method - Encourages children to start lessons at ages 4-6

  • Traditional Method - Encourages children to start lessons at ages 6-10

  • Allegro Method - We encourage children to start lessons as early as possible but not younger than 4.

Music Repertoire

 

  • Suzuki Method - The majority of music played by a student comes from the Suzuki Books levels 1-10, Suzuki teachers supplement with other material as needed or desired.

  • Traditional Method - Teachers select books and music that best fits the needs and tastes of the individual student. Many traditional teachers use Suzuki Books as supplemental material.

  • Allegro Method - We begin with "the monkey song", then six different versions of "twinkle twinkle", and finally all Suzuki Books.

Performance Opportunities

 

  • Allegro Method - Students meet for group lessons regularly. Students are given many opportunities to play with their peers. Recitals are held frequently. Students perform at these recitals as part of a group.

  • Traditional Method- Many traditional teachers hold 'master class' where the student will perform a piece for their peers and a guest teacher. Students will perform a couple of times a year as a soloist. Students are strongly encouraged and prepared to bcome involved in a youth orchestra. 

  • Allegro Method- Students will be given the opportunity to perform for their peers during group lessons. Allegro Music & Art Academy will hold recitals twice a year, where students will perform individually and/or with peers.