Emily Merow

voice, piano

Monica's love of music began after an all-school musical showcase in kindergarten. She wanted to take violin lessons so badly that she made her own violin and bow out of cardboard and pretended to play it (with her voice, of course) for days until her parents gave in and signed her up at school. Since then, she has expanded her repertoire to include other orchestral string instruments and piano as well. Monica has been fortunate enough to study under internationally recognized artists such as Lenuta and Dr. George Atanasiu, and Deanne Silver, and is currently pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Music Education at West Chester University. She was also an All-State PMEA Orchestra festival participant and helps direct several local youth string orchestras. Her goal as a teacher is not to teach notes or rhythms, but rather to coax out the ability every human being has to express themselves through music, the world's universal language.

Monica Zehng

cello, violin, piano, brass

Mickey Takahira

manager, guitar, bass, ukulele

Wendy Provencher owner, violin, viola, piano

Our Teachers

Amanda Bewley received her B.M. in violin performance from West Chester University. She is passionate about teaching young learners and sharing music with new audiences. She performs locally and loves playing for opera and musical theater productions. She studied violin pedagogy at the Juilliard Starling-Delay Symposium for violin instructors and learned the philosophy behind Suzuki instruction in the Every Child Can! course. Amanda teaches violinists and violists of all levels and beginner oboe students.   

Chuck Fay is a professional musician, composer and producer from Wayne, PA. He began playing guitar and piano as a 9 year old, eventually studying piano under both Dr. Jim Litzelman at Catholic University and Philadelphia jazz legend Jimmy Amadie. He has toured and recorded extensively in North America, Europe and Australia for over a decade with various groups playing various instruments, the lion’s share coming with the Boston, MA band State Radio. In addition to his work on the road, Chuck has written and recorded music and sound design for film and TV. His recent credits include official trailers for major movies Blade Runner 2049, The House With The Clock In Its Walls, A Wrinkle In Time and TV shows such as VICE news, Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation and Jeff Corwin’s Ocean Treks.  During this time, Chuck has also dedicated time to instruction, teaching beginner to intermediate electric and acoustic guitar, electric and upright bass, piano, drums, voice, harmony, songwriting, music theory, recording, mixing and music production both privately and at the Hollywood, CA School Of Rock.

Haleigh Swansen

violin, piano

Tom Beideman  piano, guitar, drums

Private music lessons

Learning Allegro is thrilled to be able to offer in-home private music lessons for your convenience.  Piano lessons, guitar lessons, and voice lessons are now available.  Our teachers travel to Downingtown, Chester Springs, Exton, Glenmoore, Elverson, Pottstown, Phoenixville, Kimberton and Philadelphia!  Please call the studio for more information about rates and available private music lessons and their times.

Michael Toolan holds a Bachelors of Music with an emphasis in commercial music from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.  he also obtained a minor in jazz studies.  While at Kutztown, Michael served as the musical director and vocal coach for Actors Creating Theatre.  He also studied piano and chamber music with Maria Asteriadou and the Concertmaster of the New York City Ballet, Kurt Nikkanen.  After graduating Kutztown, Michael was a counselor and later unit director of Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, one of the largest fine arts camps in the nation.  Michael is the arranger of the musical "How to Quit Your Day Job" which was an award nominated show in the New York Musical Festival.  His primary teachers on trumpet have been Mr. Bobby Livingood,  Mr. Brian Dwyer and Dr.Kevin Kjos.

Phil Forlano

brass and woodwinds

An avid pianist and violinist of eighteen years, Haleigh studied under instructors including Diana Vuolo, Marianne Richter-Menger, Chris Good, Michaela Catranis, and Wendy Provencher before joining the Learning Allegro staff in 2012. Today, she has one of the coolest jobs ever: transferring her own love of music, creativity, and expression to students of all ages. Although primarily trained in classical music, Haleigh has a special place in her heart for improv and all things fiddle (American, Celtic, Klezmer, you name it!). She also likes to chip away at her own musical compositions--even if she rarely finishes them. Outside of work, Haleigh volunteers on her church's worship team, plays for special events, and serves as a violinist in the Immaculata Symphony Orchestra, which she joined in 2011.  If you drive by the studio on a warm day, you might spot Miss Haleigh on the sidewalk serenading Ludwig's Village.

Mickey attended the Napoli School of Music where he studied under Mike Gallagher who instilled a love of music that Mickey now passes to all of his students. Mickey performs with many different groups in a variety of styles. He has performed many notable venues from Philadelphia and New Jersey to New York, most recently including the Trocadero and the Kimmel Center. Mickey is well versed in music theory and focuses on ear training and modal theory and he is able to teach music theory lessons to individuals who do not play a stringed instrument. Mickey is able to play and teach a wide range of musical styles from metal, jazz, and acoustic/folk to rock, hip-hop, funk and reggae. He is able to teach bass and guitar lessons for kids and adults and all levels from beginners to advanced musicians. He tailors every lesson to the student's individual areas of improvement to help each and every student become the best musician he or she can be

Our team of instructors is motivated by their love of music and the passion to transfer their knowledge and skills to others so their creativity and talent can shine.  Let us introduce you to our instructors!

Katherine Sweeney

flute, piano, voice

Amanda Bewley

violin, viola, oboe

Sarah Kane is a professional singer/songwriter in Philadelphia. Hailing from Bucks County, this classically trained vocalist has roots that lie deep in Rhythm and Blues. Sarah has a B.A. in Music Composition as well as a B.A. in English. Using her nine years of classical piano training, she has composed music for classical piano, orchestra, string ensembles, and band. After graduating in 2006, Sarah was honored to sing for two seasons with the Philadelphia Singers Chorale. Recently, Sarah had the pleasure of singing the national anthem for the Philadelphia Eagles. In 2011, her song "Pretty Little Angels" became the flagship song of the Pay it Forward Fertility Foundation. Sarah's voice lessons focus on soul and expression while singing in addition to her students feeling the correct technique and not simply completing drills. Read more about Sarah and her latest projects on her website at www.sarahkane.org.

Sarah Kane

voice, piano

Philip Forlano holds Bachelor and Master Degrees in Music Education from West Chester University. As a clarinet major he studied with Tony Liberio of Philadelphia and Terry Guidetti of West Chester. Phil has also studied keyboard harmony and jazz improvisation with Jimmie Amadie. Mr. Forlano performed with The Reading Civic Opera for ten years. He has also been on-call for The Fulton Opera Company of Lancaster and the Hershey Theater Orchestra as well as the show bands for Steve Allen, Al Martino, Red Skelton, Frank Gorshen and Bobby Rydell. Phil has also performed with The Reading Symphony Orchestra under guest conductor Peter Nero. Other playing experiences range from the big bands of Sam Peters, Charlie van Horn and Bobby Mercer to the Dave Mell Blues Band. Phil currently plays saxophone with “The Last Big Band”, The Victory Jazz Orchestra, and The West Chester University Criterion Alumni Jazz Band as well as the pit orchestra for Owen J. Roberts musical productions. He also enjoys playing flute and singing in the choir at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Chester Springs.
     After serving 40 years as a music specialist in the Brandywine Heights Area School District, Mr. Forlano is now retired from public school teaching. In 2004, the Brandywine Heights High School Music Department honored him by renaming the school’s annual jazz festival “The Phil Forlano Midnight Jazz Festival.” Phil also holds a principal’s certificate from Temple University and he has served as Music Director for “The Hill School Performing Arts Camp.”  Mr. Forlano enjoys helping students to realize that their instrument should be an extension of their own voice.

Tom graduated from Immaculata University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a minor in Studio Arts.  He studied music and music theory under the direction of various teachers, including Sean Townsend, John Dragonetti, and William Carr, DMA, Steinway Artist.  Tom focuses his musical studies on an array of genres including classical, jazz, rock, folk and blues, based on a solid foundation of music theory and appreciation.  He found his love for music, through the guitar, during his early teenage years and has since performed with bands and ensembles at various venues in the Philadelphia area.  Tom teaches beginner to advanced guitar and music theory, as well as beginner drums and piano to children and adults of all ages.  In addition, students will develop performance skills and gain interpersonal skills such as confidence, responsibility, and self expression in order to become well-rounded musicians.  In addition to private lessons, Mr. Tom also teaches Learning Allegro's rock band program.

Wendy, the creator of Learning Allegro, has been an musician for over 25 years. Wendy began her violin studies at the age of 9 with Julliard graduate, Stephen Wolosonovich.  She continued with various private instructors and further developed her technique at both University of New Hampshire and Immaculata University where she performed with UNH Symphony and Immaculata Symphony. Wendy currently performs regularly with the Chester County Pops Orchestra, private groups, various small ensembles, and as a soloist.  Wendy has also founded Allegro Music which provides live music for weddings, private parties and corporate events.  In addition to teaching violin, viola and piano lessons, Wendy teaches toddlers beginning music theory through Learning Allegro's music circles.

Katie is a recent graduate from West Chester University with a B.A. in music education where she studied with Dr. Kimberly Reighley. She began exploring her love of music early on, having studied flute for 13 years. During her time at West Chester, she got to perform at the PMEA festival with the WCU Wind Symphony and has gotten to perform with many other ensembles at the university such as the Cantari Donne women's chorus, Trilovati Flute Ensemble, and Golden Rams Marching Band. Katie has many years of private teaching experience in the West Chester area and deeply enjoys getting to share her love of music with her students. She believes in fostering an environment of encouragement and using a range pedagogical approaches to support each students' learning style.

A classically trained vocalist for over 12 years, Emily has greatly enjoyed her many years of performing choral music, classical art songs, and opera, but her heart truly lies within the world of musical theatre. With over 15 separate musicals and plays under her belt, Emily loves coaching singers on how to tell stories through song. Emily holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Grove City College. In 2014, she sang with the Pittsburgh Pops Orchestra, sharing the stage with Broadway favorites Idina Menzel, Rebecca Luker, and Brian Darcy James. In 2014, she performed selections from Les Miserables as Cosette to Broadway star Ivan Rutherford’s Jean ValJean. Her primary voice teachers have been Paul Spencer Adkins and Joanne McFarland. Emily’s deepest passions are for leading worship at her church, spending time with her husband and family, and performing on the theatrical stage. She is also a huge nerd, and will gladly talk to you about any of her loves, including Star Wars, Disney, Lord of the Rings, Marvel, etc. When she’s not listening to Broadway showtunes, Emily’s musical taste ranges from Fleet Foxes, to Mozart, to David Bowie.

Greg has been a professional guitarist and songwriter for nearly 25 years. He attended the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston and graduated with a BA in Professional Music. Greg has performed regularly with various bands in the PA, DE and NY areas. He has a diverse background in many different genres of music including rock, jazz, folk, blues, funk and reggae. Greg has been teaching guitar regularly for 20 years to students from age 6 to 60 -- from beginners to advanced students. He stresses the fundamentals of the guitar in his lessons including scales, chords, improvisation and music theory, but he also adapts his lessons to each students particular needs and style of music they enjoy.

Greg Fain


Michael Toolan

voice, piano, trumpet

Chuck Fay

guitar, bass, drums, piano

Our Team of amazing teachers at Learning Allegro offers private music lessons. Such as, piano lessons, guitar lessons for kids and adults, drum lessons, voice lessons, brass and woodwind lessons and more!  We have students that range in age from 4 to 64.  Start a new instrument or dust off that instrument in the closet and take some refresher lessons.  With large, bright lesson rooms and instruments available to rent and purchase at the studio there is no reason not to start your musical journey today!

30 minute lessons are $110 per month

45 minute lessons are $160 per month

60 minute lessons are $209 per month

* multiple lesson and sibling discounts are available