Alison Collins

Alison C.

San Jose, CA

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Alison delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
August 1999

Empowering people with music is my greatest passion! From the time I was a small child, I knew that following this passion would be my life's path. I began studying piano at age 7 and voice at 13. I graduated from San Francisco Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor's of Music in vocal performance and MA from San Jose State University majoring in voice. I have taught on the voice faculties of San Jose State University and Chabot College. I have had the great honor of performing as a soloist around the world including touring as soprano soloist with Ballet San Jose throughout China, Sarasota Opera, American Opera Projects in New York City, Opera San Jose, Virginia Opera Education Outreach, and touring with Opera Aegean throughout Greece. I also love bringing music to people who are in need volunteering in senior living facilities. Since I have had the great joy of performing extensively, a primary goal as a teacher is to empower my students with the ability and opportunity to share their music with others.

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Adjunct Vocal Music Instructor
Aug 2007 - May 2012
Chabot College

For 5 years I taught private voice lessons to music majors and non-majors, prepared them for juries and produced recitals for these students. In addition, I taught collegiate class voice and sight singing as part of Chabot College's transferable Ear Training sequence for music majors.

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Adjunct Professor of Voice
Aug 2004 - Jun 2008
San Jose State University

For 4 years I taught private voice to undergraduate voice and music majors, preparing them for juries and performances. Along with teaching voice, I taught collegiate Lyric Diction in French, German, Italian, Spanish, and English, Class Voice, and Music Appreciation.

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MA, Vocal Performance
Aug 2002 - May 2004
San Jose State University
Bachelor of Music
Sep 1989 - May 1993
San Francisco Conservatory of Music


Outstanding Graduate Student, School of Music and Dance
May 2004
San Jose State University, School of Music and Dance
Brian F. Scott Award
Oct 1997
American Opera Projects
Richard F. Gold Award
Mar 1995
Sarasota Opera
First Place, San Joaquin Valley District
Sep 1993
Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions


National Association of Teachers of Singing
Oct 2006

Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.

Music Teachers' Association of California
Jun 2005

MTAC aspires to be the recognized leader in (1) Student Programs, which make a positive impact in the quality of music education and in the lives of music students; (2) Member Programs, which inspire quality teaching, the pursuit of ongoing teacher education and member involvement with community outreach; (3) a thriving Foundation, which funds Student Programs and member needs through its investments, donations, and grants.

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Raychel P. Oct 7, 2015
Singing · In home

Alison is super helpful and knowledgeable! I am so happy that I get to work with her and have her teach me new skills to improve my voice! I could not have asked for a better instructor! She finds exercises that help benefit my voice and my needs and if it's not working she'll think of another! I'm happy to have learned as much as I have in my first two lessons!

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