Who is behind Allegro Learning ?
Allegro Learning was established by Sally Berg and Dave Bisset shortly after they returned to live in NZ during 2010. Originally situated in north Pollen Street, Allegro was relocated in 2011 when Sally & Dave purchased the property at 605 Queen Street and created teaching studios there.
In July 2021, after ten very busy years and with retirement goalposts in sight, the home based Thames studio was closed and teaching operations scaled down. We are still offering classes in Thames and the Thames Coast areas.
Sally Berg B Mus Exec (piano), Dip Tchg, ATCL
Sally has worked as a music educator in a wide variety of settings with students from pre school age through to adult. She is an experienced piano and keyboard teacher with both individual and group classes. She was formerly keyboard tutor for the Auckland College of Education's Children's Music Centre and has worked internationally with 'silent studio' technology for keyboard/ piano teaching. Over the years, Sally has been involved with vocal music in many settings. As a student she sang with the Auckland University Singers and with the University of Geneva choir. In professional life she has worked as a composer and musical director in youth theatre, as a conductor of community and school choirs and has produced and directed many school shows. In 2011 Sally achieved the A.T.C.L. diploma in singing from Trinity College London. Sally believes that learning is most effective in a fun supportive setting where a variety of learning styles are catered for.
Dave Bisset BA, Dip Tchg
Dave is an experienced designer of learning programmes in schools, public sector and industry. He believes that musical development enhances self-esteem and contributes to academic learning. Dave was formerly head of music at Thames High School and school music advisor for the University of Waikato's School of Education. He has a special interest in the application of digital technology to music learning programmes and has set up computer music labs both locally and internationally.