Alison Mari

Alison M.

Brooklyn, NY
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I started teaching oboe while finishing my bachelor's degree, and have found it to be incredibly rewarding. I love sharing my knowledge, helping my students advance and find even greater enjoyment playing. I feel very fortunate because as a regularly performing musician, I have the opportunity to immerse myself in many styles of music. Though it is incredibly important to learn the basics of oboe, and to become educated in the classics, expanding one's pallet with pop, jazz and world-music, for example, may also come into play.

During lessons we'll focus on technique building exercises, pieces from the standard oboe repertoire, and will often play duets together. If you are in school and would like to bring your band/orchestra music to lessons, feel free!

Since reeds are such an important part of being an oboe player, I teach reed adjustments for students playing at an intermediate level, and for advanced students, reed making from scratch.

My philosophy is that music is fun, and lessons should be as well. Positivity and dedication go a long way!
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Alison delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
June 2008

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As a professional musician, I have played in various ensembles including orchestras, opera companies, wind ensembles, chamber groups, musicals and more. The Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra (BCCO), presenting 3-5 concerts a year, has been my orchestral home since 2013 and I have had the privilege of playing principal oboe with them all throughout.

As a music educator I have years of experience teaching privately and in classrooms, for individuals and groups. I craft lessons to the needs and interests of each student, to ensure they are getting the most of our time together. Many of my students enjoy, for example, video game and TV show music - so, these pieces are some of the repertoire we'll work on together. My goals as a teacher are to instill proper playing technique, guide how to shape the music, establish good practice habits, and above all find ways to connect students with the music they're studying. At the end of the day, we play music because it's fun!

Master's in Music Performance, NYU
Bachelor's in Music Education, The College of New Jersey

*** Equipment ***
Students should own/rent their instrument, assigned methods book(s)/sheet music, reeds, reed soaking container (for oboe), a music stand, neck strap (saxes)

*** Specialties ***
Beginner to advanced students, note reading, phrase shaping, aural skills through "repeat after me" and playing together.

***Lessons Offered***
Tenor Sax
Alto Sax

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Principal oboe
Oct 2013 - Present
Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra

Based in Park Slope, Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra is comprised of professional and enthusiastic amateur musicians who come together out of a love of music and performance.

BCCO typically presents one Children's concert at the Brooklyn Museum, two symphonic concerts and fundraising performances through each playing season.

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2nd oboe, English Horn
Dec 2014 - Dec 2014
South Florida Symphony Orchestra

Performed with the SFSO for their December concert series, presenting 5 pops concerts and 4 children's shows.

2nd oboe, English Horn
Mar 2012 - Mar 2012
Sarah Mclachlan Tour

I performed as a member of Sarah's backing orchestra for 3 locations during her tour.

Reed 3 - oboe and English Horn
Sep 2011 - Mar 2012
My Fair Lady - National Tour

130+ performances in cities located in nearly every state in the US, as well as 3 dates in Canada.


Oboe Performance
Sep 2009 - May 2011
Music Education
Sep 2005 - May 2009
The College of New Jersey


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Performance based scholarship
Sep 2009
Performance based scholarship
Sep 2009
Mayburry Award - Music Education
Apr 2009


Brooklyn Conservatory of Music
Mar 2017

The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music is committed to providing a nurturing environment that promotes and personifies excellence, collaboration, and community for individuals engaged in performing and music study.

Photos & Videos

Bozza's "Fantaisie Pastorale," 2011 NYU Master's Recital.
Robert Young McMahan's "Three Toss-offs, for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, & accordion," 2010
Recording session for composer Rebecca Brandt.
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