Allison Tartalia
Oaklyn, NJ
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Allison Tartalia

Allison T.

Oaklyn, NJ
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Classical piano provides an excellent foundation for building pianistic skill. Using classical repertoire, I will help you to develop technique that is healthy and relaxed.

About Allison T.

Learn piano from a nationally touring recording artist, songwriter and composer with eleven years teaching experience. My approach to teaching piano is holistic, incorporating music theory, ear training, healthy physical technique, improvisation and sight reading. I have over eleven years experience teaching students of all ages, and I enjoy working with each student individually to build on their strengths and help them develop in the areas they find more challenging.

An EMMY-nominated film composer, I also teach songwriting for students interested in composition. Lessons are tailored to each student, incorporating a diverse mix of classical and contemporary repertoire and a practice plan that addresses each student's needs and musical goals.

Drawing upon my extensive background as a performer in music and theater, I encourage students to take creative risks, to be expressive, and above all, to play with joy! All students have the opportunity to share their progress with family and friends during fun, low-stress, semi-annual recitals. (Participation is optional but highly encouraged!)

Teaching Materials:
I use the Faber and Faber Piano Adventures books as a foundation, but also incorporate other music, including classical, pop and theatre music, depending upon student interest and what I feel will best help my students to stretch and grow! Students are also welcome to request pieces they would like to learn; I will do my best to find or create an arrangement that's appropriate to your current skill level.

Collingswood Home Studio -- Equipment:
Grand Piano
Guitar, ukulele
Microphone and amp
Recording device

Piano, Guitar, Songwriting, Classical, Musical Theater, Pop, Rock, Music Theory, Composition & Songwriting, Songwriting, Guitar Accompaniment, Piano Accompaniment, Performance, Business of Music.

Allison has had considerable success as both a touring singer songwriter and composer for film, TV, and theater. She has shared the stage with Petra Haden, Rachael Sage, Fred Armisen, Lelia Broussard and many others. Songs from her most recent record, Sweet and Vicious, have been heard on Lifetime's Dance Moms, NBC's Late Night with Carson Daly, as well as shows on PBS, Bravo, Oxygen and TLC. As a composer, she was nominated for an EMMY and received a Telly Award for the music she composed for the documentary 5000 Miles from Home. Most recently, she composed music for the indie romantic comedy Get Happy, which premiered at the 2015 Manhattan FilmFestival. After many years in New York City, she now resides in Collingswood, New Jersey with her family.


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11 Reviews
Tyler D.
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Allison is such a great teacher. Very knowledgeable, articulate and patient/caring when it comes to her lessons and teachers.

I would recommend her for anyone seriously trying to learn Piano/Music Theory!

Posted Jan 28, 2020
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Wonderful first lesson! Allison was patient and kind and by the end of the first hour, my daughter was playing a song I could recognize.

Posted Aug 30, 2019
Richard (Rick) M.
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Patient, competent and personable. Looking forward to my lessons.

Posted Apr 10, 2019
Maria F.
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We've only had one lesson with Allison so far. Working with a 4 year old is a special kind of challenge and we had an excellent first experience! I think her judgment of my daughter's skill level was very accurate and her first song choice was spot-on. My daughter needed something that would exercise her skills but be easy enough to restore her confidence and bring the fun back to her lessons. We look forward to continuing lessons with her.

Posted Nov 16, 2018
Ryka K.
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Allison is great with my 10 year old daughter

Posted Feb 6, 2018
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Allison took time outside of our lesson to learn the song I wanted to work on.

Posted May 24, 2017
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Allison was fantastic. Kind, knowledgeable and enthusiastic.

Posted Feb 22, 2017
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Allison taught my daughter for 4 years. We found her to be patient and nurturing, and she was able to keep my daughter motivated, which is not always easy, since my daughter quickly becomes frustrated when things don't come to her right away. Allison is great with kids and has a knack for keeping lessons fun, even while she's challenging students to be their best. The recitals were a real highlight for us. They gave our daughter a real goal to work for, and as we got to know the other families over the years, it was fun to watch their kids improving too.

Posted May 11, 2016
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Allison taught my son from the ages of 6-12 and my daughter from the ages of 5-8. She was great with the kids--always patient and friendly--and they both were very attached to her. As well, she taught them both how to play piano and music theory, which I thought was great. While she followed a set of piano books, she also was always willing to find them sheet music versions of songs they liked at a level they could play, which really helped to keep their interest high. Allison is a terrific teacher and both my children loved learning with her.

Posted Feb 2, 2016
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Very patient with a SLOW beginner!

Posted Dec 28, 2015
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Excellent first lesson with my son

Posted Dec 28, 2015

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Teaching Artist
Feb 2020 - Present

Carnegie Hall/World Cafe Live

Teaching artist with Carnegie Hall's Lullaby Project in Philadelphia. The program pairs artists with new moms, helping them to write lullabies for their children and teaching them ways to use music to enhance mother/child bonding.

May 2015 - Present

Allie-oops Children's Music and Music Parties

I specialize in Mommy/Daddy-and-me style music parties for babies and toddlers. While singing and playing guitar, I lead children and their grown-ups through a variety of fun music and movement activities. A variety of percussion instruments and props are provided for young partiers to play with and explore.

Private Music Teacher
Aug 2005 - Present

Piano Lessons in South Jersey (formerly Music Studio of Allison T.)

Private instructor of piano, guitar, ukulele, theory and songwriting, teaching students ages 4 and up. From 2005 - June 2015, my studio was based in New York City. As of September 2015, I am located in Collingswood, NJ, where I teach from my home studio.

Performer, Composer and Producer
Jan 2002 - Present

Allison's Invention

Under the moniker Allison's Invention, I write, arrange and produce original singer-songwriter material, as well as commercial music for film and television. My most recent recording is the EP Sweet and Vicious, available on iTunes, Spotify, etc.

Music Instructor and Program Director
Feb 2007 - Jun 2014

Music For Queens

Music for Queens offered Music for Aardvarks classes to babies and toddlers ages 4 months through 4 years. As Program Director, I ran classes throughout Queens, serving roughly 120 families per semester. I was also the primary class instructor, accompanying class on voice and guitar and leading children and their adult care-givers through a variety of music activities designed to develop gross and fine motor skills, encourage socialization, and nurture their innate musicality.

Teaching Artist
Sep 2005 - Jun 2008

Richard Rogers School of the Arts and Technology (P.S. 166) in Manhattan

I taught private piano and guitar lessons for the After-School program. Additionally, I taught several "rock band" classes in which I instructed students on keyboards, guitar, bass or drums and helped them to write, arrange, and perform songs together.


MFA Music Composition
Jul 2019 - Present

Vermont College of Fine Arts

Theatre, BA
Sep 1995 - Jun 1997

The New School, New York, NY

Sep 1994 - Jun 1995

London Dramatic Academy, London, ENG

Sep 1992 - Jun 1995

Pomona College, Claremont, CA



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


EMMY Nomination
Nov 2010

Television Academy

Bronze Telly
May 2010

The Telly Awards


Alliance for Women Film Composer
Jun 2018
Through advocacy, support and education, the Alliance for Women Film Composers aims to increase the visibility of women composers active in media scoring. The AFWC advocates for the inclusion of women composers within industry events; supports filmmakers, game developers and studios in their inclusion of women composers; and educates, mentors and inspires emerging women composers.
National Academy for the Recording Arts and Sciences, The
Jun 2011
The Recording Academy, known variously as The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences or NARAS, is a U.S. organization of musicians, producers, recording engineers and other recording professionals dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for music and its makers. The Recording Academy is headquartered in Santa Monica.
Women In Music
Jan 2010
Women In Music is a non-profit organization with a mission to advance the awareness, equality, diversity, heritage, opportunities, and cultural aspects of women in the musical arts through education, support, empowerment, and recognition. Our seminars, panels, showcases, achievement awards, and youth initiatives celebrate the female contribution to the music world, and strengthen community ties.
Dramatists Guild, The
Sep 2007
The Dramatists Guild of America was established over eighty years ago, and is the only professional association which advances the interests of playwrights, composers, lyricists and librettists writing for the living stage. The Guild has over 6,000 members nationwide, from beginning writers to the most prominent authors represented on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in regional theaters.
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Jan 2001
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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