Alison Suell

Alison S.

Louisville, KY

About Alison S.

Alison teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: January 2007
Last sign in: 2 days ago


***About Me***

I'm passionate about music and love sharing that through performance and teaching. As an active musician, I teach a full private lesson studio during the week and play gigs on the weekends. That's right, music is not just a "side-job" or a way to make a few "extra" bucks, it is actually my profession and I take teaching my students seriously. It is my goal to provide a solid foundation in music fundamentals while keeping students inspired as much as I can, especially because music can be tough sometimes!

I received my degree in viola performance from the University of Louisville School of Music in May 2010. I play violin, viola and piano regularly and have played them most of my life. On the weekends, I play viola in a string trio called Electria for weddings or events. We often play popular music on electric instruments accompanied by backtracks. Playing popular music has expanded my knowledge and experience. Of course classical will always have a place! It is beautiful and timeless! But playing current music is also a lot of fun, and appeals to the modern student. There's room for all kinds of music and I embrace it all!

*** 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'm very positive and encouraging while never sacrificing constructive feedback.

***What to Expect***
After 3 months with a beginning Viola, Violin, or Piano student, I expect you to be able to read the notes (without having to write them all in), understand basic rhythms, have 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 difficult, but so rewarding. With the right teacher it can be a wonderful experience, and that's my goal. I want music to be enjoyable, interesting, fun and enriching for my students. My style is encouraging, positive, and thoughtful... I try to teach in a way that is comprehensive and wholistic!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room, grand piano and an electric piano, room for parents to wait on a couch or chair, music stand, metronome

***What you should bring***
Sheet Music/Books
Rosin (for violin/viola students)

*** Specialties ***
I mainly focus on classical training, however I customize the teaching repertoire to incorporate my student's music tastes and interest. As I teach, I incorporate music theory so that my students may have a better understanding of how the music is structured because my goal is that they understand music from a wholistic perspective so that it can be enjoyed for a lifetime!

***Studio Policies***
I am flexible and easy to work with, however I am running a full private lesson studio and time is limited! I do require a 24-hour cancellation notice if you are unable to attend a lesson - as it does allow me to use that time to reschedule another student or optimize my time. If notice is given the day of your lesson, the lesson will be marked as "missed." With a day's notice, I will "cancel" the lesson and your lesson credit will not be used. You are welcome to reschedule your lesson to another available time during the week, however, the 24-hour notice still applies. I don't want to be unfair to you and I just ask the same of my students :)

Keep in mind, regular lessons really do make a difference in students' progress and enthusiasm, so I encourage you to keep a regular lesson schedule if possible!

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Business Partner and Manager

Jan 2013 - Present

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.


May 2011 - Present
Louisville Strings

I own a business where I play in and hire out string duos, trios, and quartets for weddings and events.


Bachelor's in Viola Performance

Aug 2006 - May 2010
University of Louisville

Music Performance

Aug 2006 - May 2010
University of Louisville

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency
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10 Reviews on Alison S.

Arianna L. Oct 22, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Best instructor ever!!
Jasmine S. Oct 8, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Kind, motivating, and positive attitude! Looking forward to more lessons!
Will Aug 26, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Great lessons
Cadence G. Jul 22, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
First lesson went great! My daughter loves Alison!
Jocelyn Jan 29, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Jocelyn loved her first lesson. She has practiced 4 times in the first 3 days because she was so excited about her lesson. Ms. Alison has inspired my daughter to start looking for music arranged for the violin so that she can practice them.

Thank you Ms. Alison!
Scott M. May 4, 2013
Verified Student
Playing the piano is fun.

The first lessons Alison coached me on the fundamentals of piano playing, but also spent a good time listening to me play. The following lessons she added a songbook, delved deeper into the core course book, and added Beethoven (which I love). In short she had adapted our lessons to her evaluation of my ability and my feedback to build a course trajectory that would keep the lessons engaging, challenging, but fun.

Overall she is a great instructor and you feel no pressure playing in front of her.
Ken D. Sep 11, 2012
Verified Student
Great teacher

My children love Alison. She is very patient with them and they enjoy going to lessons. I would recommend her to anyone that asks.
AdrianP Jul 25, 2012
My daughter really enjoys her time with Alison. She's learning a lot and enjoys the warm learning environment that Alison provides.
StephanieC2 Jan 29, 2012
Allison was a great teacher. I took lessons for violin and piano. She was very knowledgable and nice.
RachelleN Nov 15, 2011

Our classes are going wonderfully. Callie has shown a lot of improvement since she began. Alison is a. Great match for our daughter. We missed last week & I apologize for not notifying anyone sooner. Callie and my son were sick that day. We'd also recently gotten involved with hospice care for my mother. I simply lost track of our obligations that day.
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