Hello, I'm Alison and welcome to my page! I truly believe that music is a gift and I am passionate about sharing that gift through teaching and playing. I love music and I definitely love teaching private lessons, which I have been doing for about 7 years now! Every student brings new challenges of which I'm ready to tackle with them and help them grow.
I received my degree in viola performance from the University of Louisville School of Music in May 2010. I studied under Chien-Ju Liao along with many other great violists in the Louisville community. I've also had the pleasure of playing with many quartets, chamber ensembles and orchestras including Louisville Youth Orchestra, All-State, the UofL Symphony, and the Louisville Orchestra. Some of my greatest moments involve playing in Carnegie Hall and premiering a world-class ballet performance with the UofL Symphony Orchestra. Music has been a part of my life since I was little and I can't imagine life without it. Along with viola, I also study, play and teach piano and violin. I have been playing viola now for 14 years and piano for about 12!
*** Lesson Details ***
I'm not a really strict teacher but I do encourage my students to push themselves and really make the most of their practice time, especially if they have busy schedules. I believe in customizing my teaching style to my student's needs and desires. I also like to give tons of positive feedback, I love to praise my students on how far they have come and the techniques they are improving on, while never sacrificing constructive feedback.
After 3 months with a beginning Viola, Violin, or Piano student, I expect them to be able to read the notes (without having to write them all in), understand basic rhythms, learned how to play a scale (or more), and have completed a few of songs.
After 6 months, I expect that my students will have relative ease with reading their music, playing with hands together on piano, and starting to master basic bowing techniques and coordination on Violin and Viola.
Learning an instrument is so rewarding, and with the right teacher, can be a wonderful experience. I want my students to have that wonderful experience, I am encouraging, enthusiastic and I make my teaching style as comprehensive and interesting as possible!
*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room, grand piano, room for parents to wait on a couch or chair, music stand, metronome
*** Travel Equipment ***
music, instrument, shoulder rest and rosin (violin and viola)
*** Specialties ***
I mainly focus on classical. As I teach, I incorporate music theory so that my students may have a better understanding of how the music is structured.
I play viola in my electric string trio called Electria! We arrange and play pop music from the 70s-present along with backtracks! It's a lot of fun and we play in public, for weddings, and corporate events.
I own a business where I play in and hire out string duos, trios, and quartets for weddings and events.