About The Instructor

Allegría Piano instructor Michelle Casillas has had her work featured in film, radio, and the New York Times playlist. As a performing artist Michelle’s work has been acclaimed by the New York Times, BAM, TimeOut New York, the All Music Guide and the Village Voice, among others. Born into a family of musicians and educators in New York City, Michelle obtained her BA of Music from New York University's School of Education, and has been providing joyful music instruction both privately and in classrooms for over 15 years.

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About Allegría Studio

Conveniently located on Manhattan's Upper East Side in the Carnegie Hill / Yorkville neighborhood, the Allegría Piano studio holds all private lessons and group workshops on our world-class Model A Mason and Hamlin grand piano. Our bi-annual live concert series are held locally, and are performed on a Steinway Model A grand piano. Study and performance on handcrafted instruments of the highest distinction promote optimal technique and musicianship. 


Allegría Piano curriculum is based upon an individualized plan developed for each student's course of study.  Highlights include selections from the Royal Conservatory of Music and the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) curriculum.  Advanced training is available for students who wish to participate in the internationally acclaimed Royal Conservatory’s Music Development program, as well as in-studio preparation for music school auditions and special performances.


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In addition to weekly private lessons and bi-annual studio workshops and live performances, tuition also covers student method books, theory and technique materials, performance repertoire and assignment books, as well as time spent preparing for each student and developing their individual course of study.

Tuition is assessed over the course of the school year (September through June), payable in three semesterly installments: Fall (September), Winter (January), and Spring (April).  Students ages 7 and up who are interested in piano and are willing to make the necessary effort are welcomed. The first lesson will be an introductory trial lesson and interview prior to registration. Students and parents who show interest and compatibility with our teaching style will be admitted to the program.

"Michelle, you have really been amazing with our daughter. We both know that there are people who could condition her to play scales but you are somehow keeping her mind in the work in a way she can own it that is unique to her. It's a totally different accomplishment than just moving through the books, and she is doing both. I am sincerely appreciative and very lucky too to get to see my kid grow like this."  -Rachel S.

"It's exciting for us too!  Thanks so much for your hard work and care. Our daughter really looks forward to her lesson. I'm so pleased with the musical education that you are giving her."   -Charlie G.

"Michelle makes music fun and meaningful to each of my kids in very different and unique ways.  They're learning to appreciate music as they understand it.  My kids adore her."  -Stephanie C.


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