About The Instructor

Allegría Piano instructor Michelle Casillas has recorded and performed internationally with numerous ensembles and 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, native New Yorker Michelle Casillas obtained her BA of Music summa cum laude from New York University's School of Education, and has been providing music instruction both privately and in classrooms for over 15 years.

About Allegría Studio

Students love the Allegría program - they leave their lessons empowered and excited, making home review enjoyable and easy.  Students enjoy the piano method so much, they often bring additional music to the repertoire, such as:

  • favorite bands and artists

  • favorite movies and musicals

  • favorite video game music


Students share and inspire each other in fun workshops and performances; enthusiasm paves the way for longevity and growth!


"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.