Class in session at Lowcountry's only music-based charter school

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Things operate a little differently at The Allegro Charter School of Music in Charleston County.

Instead of a computer lab, students enjoy a piano lab.

And sports teams?  No, way.

Try, a choir team.

"The mission is to infuse music, and inspire the students," said school leader Richard Glickman.

Glickman, a former assistant principal at James Island Charter High School, will now lead the charge over the lowcountry's only music-based charter school, located at 120 Broad Street.

Last week, doors opened to 88 students on the Charleston campus.  Currently, Allegro is open to students in grades 6-9, with plans of expanding an additional grade level each year, until reaching 12th grade, and approximately 350 students.

The charter school infuses music into all curriculum, and is not performance based, nor does it require students have prior music experience.

"This is their school," Glickman added.  "We just facilitate it, and make sure it's a safe and healthy environment for them."

"It's about the kids going at their tempo, their pace in education."

Allegro has also partnered with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and hopes to bring in other local musicians throughout the year to work with students.

Ninth grade student Makayla Walker says she first wasn't sold on the school's concept.  That is, until she attended her first class.

"They make everything fun here.  I really like it."

Allegro boasts of all digital technology, without a textbook in sight.  Students all have an Ipad, with ninth grade students using a Macbook.

The school operates financially through state funding, grants, and private donations.  Students are not required to pay tuition.

"I can't remember what I did yesterday but I can remember a song from the 70's when I was five, going to the beach with my mom," Glickman said.

"Through music as that vehicle.  Everybody listens to it.  It's world."

Marcos Colon, a seventh grade student, came to Allegro with prior music experience.  He's now embracing the music concept in the classroom.

"It's kinda cool,' he said.  "It's not like other schools."

The Allegro Charter School of Music is still enrolling students for the 2015-16 academic year.  For more information, visit

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