Alison Suell

Alison S.

Louisville, KY

About Alison S.

Background check: Last verified 09/25/2015
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Alison teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: January 2007
Last sign in: 2 days ago


I'm passionate about music and love sharing that through performance and teaching. 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.

*** 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 give positive feedback, while never sacrificing constructive feedback.

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, 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 also teach popular music for my students that what to learn some music from their favorite bands!

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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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7 Reviews on Alison S.

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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