Allegiance Institute of Music
For an organization centered on musicians younger than 17, Allegiance Institute of Music has an impressive resumé. While regularly collecting trophies in competitions all over the continent, the school's musicians have racked up honours including performing every night of the 1988 Olympic medal ceremonies and the earning Official Band status from the Calgary Stampeders Football Club. Each singer or band member got there by following the rigorous Kodály method. In introductory programs, the youngest children start out by playing musical games and dancing, which helps internalize basic musical structures. At the next level, they gear up for performing on a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument, or prepare for more advanced vocal study. After that, students who feel ready for performance may enroll in higher-level courses. In all classes, teachers insist that kids master music on their own terms rather than be thrust too soon into performance and risk being unable to differentiate between a quickened tempo and a conductor-antagonizing bee.