Allegro Music Academy


  1. Foundation
    1. Philosophy
      1. Homeschooling is an excellent way to learn.
      2. Music is an important part of the education process. It provides camaraderie as well as a certain level of competition. Music students learn to work with others for a common purpose.
      3. The main purpose of music is enjoyment. The activities of Allegro Music Academy are designed to be fun for the students, the teacher, and for any audience we might choose to entertain.
    2. Values
      1. Musicians need to be self-disciplined. Discipline must also be maintained in the classroom in order for learning to take place.
      2. High standards of musicianship are important, but it is much more vital that we maintain high standards of character.
    3. Inclusion
      1. Allegro Music Academy is a secular school, though its director is a man of high moral values and religious convictions.
      2. Religion, politics, etc. are not part of the music curriculum.
      3. Students will not be turned away based on their own or their parents' philosophies or lifestyles, as long as they are within the boundaries of our civil laws.
      4. Students will not be given preferential treatment based on their own or their parents' philosophy of life.
  2. Music Selection
    1. Styles
      1. Music includes a vast number of styles. Selection will be determined in part by the interest and taste of the students.
      2. A thorough education in music includes exploration of types of music previously unfamiliar to the student. In most cases this broadens the range of styles that the student appreciates and enjoys.
    2. Appropriateness
      1. Allegro Music Academy will restrict the selection based on staff's determination of its appropriateness.
      2. We will not sing lyrics that deal with topics such as sex, alcohol or other drugs, violence toward others, disrespect for authority, etc.
      3. We will not perform religious music.
      4. We have no policy against the inclusion of patriotic music.
      5. Any concerns on the part of any parent or guardian concerning any selection should be discussed with staff.
  3. Security
    1. Parental Attendance
      1. An unfortunate reality of the dangerous world in which we live makes it necessary for us to prevent not only actual inappropriate behavior, but the allegation of it.
      2. At least one parent or adult guardian must be on site during each class session or ensemble rehearsal. There are two sitting rooms adjacent to the rehearsal space; these offer a choice of being able to maintain eye contact during a session or merely being within earshot.
      3. For each class we will work out a schedule for which parents are present for which sessions. In some cases one specific adult may be able to be on site for every meeting of a given class; in other cases the adults may wish to take turns staying on site.
    2. Background Check
      1. The director of Allegro Music Academy has more than once been the subject of a criminal background check and security clearance performed by independent investigation agencies. A copy of the latest report is available upon request.
      2. A background check will be performed on any faculty added in the future.
  4. Tuition
    1. Rates
      1. Fees for ensemble members vary according to group size and experience level. Smaller groups are charged a higher rate per student, as more individual attention is possible. Students with more experience are charged at a higher rate, because the benefit they receive increases (as does the enjoyment in most cases).
      2. In every case, our ensemble fees are lower for one-hour sessions than the "going rate" for half-hour private lessons.
      3. Fees for private lessons are static and fall in line with what is offered by others in this area.
    2. Due Dates
      1. Fees for ensembles and other classes are due at the beginning of the first meeting of each month.
      2. Fees for private lessons can be paid at the beginning of each meeting.