FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Start children at the right age.


We believe strongly in starting children on a particular instrument no sooner than the appropriate age. In order for all of our students to be successful at playing an instrument, they need to be developmentally ready to play that instrument. So that students begin with the right cognitive, emotional, and physical skills, students should be the following ages during the semester they begin instruction: violin (5), piano (7), guitar (8), band & other orchestra instruments (4th grade), and voice (12). For students younger than 12 interested in studying voice, we recommend singing in a choir such as our Aldersgate Jr. Choir.




Friendly and Professional Instructional Staff.


We believe strongly in starting children on a particular instrument no sooner than the appropriate age. In order for all of our students to be successful at playing an instrument, they need to be developmentally ready to play that instrument. So that students begin with the right cognitive, emotional, and physical skills, students should be the following ages during the semester they begin instruction: violin (5), piano (7), guitar (8), band & other orchestra instruments (4th grade), and voice (12). For students younger than 12 interested in studying voice, we recommend singing in a choir such as our Aldersgate Jr. Choir.




Friendly and Professional Instructional Staff.


We have a dedicated team of friendly and experienced professional music teachers who will help you to achieve your musical goals. Our dedicated instructors take time to listen and understand your needs and tailor your lessons to meet those needs. All of our instructors have college music degrees and extensive performance and teaching experience.




Schedule multiple students at one location.


To save you time and resources, we offer lessons on multiple instruments at both of our locations. Quite often we are able to schedule private lessons for multiple students from the same family at the same or similar times. Contact us today so our friendly and experienced staff can reserve the best available time slots for your family before another family takes them!




Experienced Administrative Staff.


Rick Wiltse, Director of Programming has been with Allegro since 2009 and is responsible for overseeing all operations of the School of Music, as well as teaching some of our instrumental private lessons and piano and choral classes. Prior to his arrival at Allegro, he taught instrumental and general music for 15 years in a variety of Michigan public schools. He is a native of Rockford and has a BM from Alma College and a MM from Western Michigan University. Now living in Wyoming, he is an avid trombonist, vocalist, handbell player, pianist, and bassist, having performed with and/or led numerous bands, orchestras, handbell choirs, and choral groups throughout his career.

Lyn Jameyson, Board Trustee is the Founder of Allegro School of Music, having begun to work for its predecessor in 2001. In 2003 she acquired the business and soon renamed it to its current moniker, in the process greatly expanding the scope of the school. In 2011 she completed the process of transforming the business into a non-profit organization. She has worked tirelessly over the years, serving as Executive Director and Board Trustee, teaching Music & Movement and choral classes, and securing a partnership with Head Start of Kent County. Lyn has a degree from Western Michigan University and currently resides in Grand Rapids with her two children. She has a wide variety of musical experience, and is proficient on piano, voice, handbells, flute, and violin. In addition to playing multiple instruments, Lyn enjoys composing and arranging her own music, as well as performing as an ensemble and solo vocalist.




Vast Experience in Teaching Private Lessons.


Allegro School of Music has been in operation since 1992 where we’ve helped thousands of students to achieve their musical goals. All of our staff have strong music teaching credentials and have a passion to see their students succeed in music. Our instructors are always looking for ways to improve their teaching and thus engage in regular professional development so that they can continually better serve their students.




No Age Limit.


Although we primarily work with children & teenagers, we also welcome adult students of all ages! At Allegro School of Music, we believe that everyone can learn to make music and that it is never too late in life to get started. Our staff will help you set realistic goals and if you are willing to put in the time & effort, you will reach these goals!