Retired music teacher of 25 years gives back through private lessons at Allegro Violin School

Allegro Violin School founder Chaiwat Rodsuwan is able to teach students from a separate room with the help of technology. (Courtesy Allegro Violin School)
Allegro Violin School founder Chaiwat Rodsuwan is able to teach students from a separate room with the help of technology. (Courtesy Allegro Violin School)

Allegro Violin School founder Chaiwat Rodsuwan is able to teach students from a separate room with the help of technology. (Courtesy Allegro Violin School)

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Rodsuwan opened Allegro Violin School on Spring Cypress Road in 2019. (Courtesy Allegro Violin School)
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The school only schedules one lesson at a time, sanitizes between lessons, and strongly enforces the use of face masks. (Courtesy Allegro Violin School)
For Chaiwat Rodsuwan, founder of Allegro Violin School in Spring, music is much more than just a pastime: It is a way of life.

“As far back as I can remember, I loved to play music,” Rodsuwan said. “I just knew it was my life’s calling.”

Originally from a rural village in Thailand, Rodsuwan said his love of music began at a young age. By the time he joined middle school band, Rodsuwan had taught himself to play the guitar and recorder. He then learned to read and play music by ear and play the piano and trumpet.

It was not until college, however, that Rodsuwan learned to play the violin—now his primary instrument. Rodsuwan’s instructor encouraged him to continue his music education in the U.S., and in 1986 he moved to the U.S. to get his master’s degree.

Since then, Rodsuwan said he has made it his life’s mission to thank those who made his music education possible by paying it forward to the next generation. Rodsuwan taught music in Aldine ISD for 25 years, during which he also taught private lessons to students after school.

“My mission during the day was just to help those students who didn’t get the chance to take private lessons,” he said. “But I felt like I could be doing more.”

When he retired in 2019, he opened Allegro Violin School inside a renovated former ranch house off Spring Cypress Road. The school has nine teachers and offers violin, viola, cello, guitar and piano lessons to musicians of all ages and skill levels.

When the coronavirus pandemic hit the Greater Houston area last March, Rodsuwan switched to virtual lessons, and enrollment dropped by half. Allegro Violin School reopened in the fall with strict guidelines in place, and Rodsuwan said enrollment has since more than doubled, surpassing its pre-pandemic high.

Following the mid-February winter storm, Rodsuwan said he has temporarily relocated Allegro Violin School to the vacant building next door—a former event venue—as the school is undergoing repairs for damage caused by burst pipes.

“Music is a good medicine when things are stressful, so we’re not letting [COVID-19] stop us from what we love to do,” he said.

Allegro Violin School

9834 Spring Cypress Road, Houston


Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
By Hannah Zedaker
Born and raised in Cypress, Texas, Hannah Zedaker graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in mass communication and a minor in political science. She began as an intern with Community Impact Newspaper in 2015 and was hired upon graduation as a reporter for The Woodlands edition in May 2016. In January 2019, she was promoted to serve as the editor of the Spring/Klein edition where she covers Spring ISD and Harris County Commissioners Court, in addition to business, development and transportation news.


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