Information and Policies

Private instruction available for violin and viola

Philosophy

​Music-making should be a joyous activity fhat stimulates, challenges, and rewards. With the right instruction, work ethic, and parental involvement (for young children), any student can progress to an advanced level, regardless of ability level or age. 

Experience and Training

Alison is a certified Suzuki instructor, has taken multiple collegiate courses in traditional pedagogy methods, and has participated in an O'Connor Method teacher training course. Alison began teaching violin privately when she was a high school student over 15 years ago. In addition to maintaining a private studio, she has worked as a camp counselor, sectional coach, assistant instructor at a Montessori preschool, geometry and writing tutor, high school music theory and history instructor, and Suzuki group instructor. 

Lessons for Adults

Adults of all ages and abilities are welcome. It is never too late to begin learning a musical instrument, and no prior knowledge is necessary. Lesson content will be determined based on student interests and goals. 

Lessons for Children

Children ages 3-8 will be taught according to the Suzuki Method, and a parent or adult caregiver must be actively involved in lessons and home practice sessions to ensure a positive, successful learning environment. Parents need not have any musical experience, knowledge, or training, as they will be learning side-by-side with their child. Older children and teens will be taught according to the method that best suits their interests. Parental involvement is recommended, but not required. 

Curriculum

Alison will choose repertoire and exercises that suit the student's age, ability, and interest. During lessons the focus will be on building the skills necessary to play the violin well, rather than simply learning the notes and bowings to new songs. Note-reading, a how-to of practicing, critical listening skills, improvisation, music theory, and music history will be integrated into the lessons when appropriate. 

Locations
Rates 
  • For inquiries about lessons at Sherwood or Adler, please contact those schools directly. 

  • For inquiries about lessons at Alison's home studio, please contact here.

Cancellations and
Make-ups*
  • 24-hour cancellation policy: Lessons cancelled without 24 hours notice are unexcused and will be charged at the full rate. 

  • Lessons cancelled with more than 24 hours notice are considered excused and if eligible, will receive a make-up or credit. Please note that make-ups are not guaranteed.

  • ​In the event of instructor cancellation, a make-up lesson will be scheduled at a mutually agreed up on time.  

*For full and complete information, please refer to the policies set forth by the school at which you take lessons

Payment
  • Payment for lessons at Alison's home studio is due monthly at the first lesson of each month or in packages of 10 lessons.

  • Payment for single coaching sessions and trial lessons at Alison's home studio is due at the lesson.

  • Payment for lessons at Sherwood and Adler is handled by those organizations. 

  • Alison accepts the following payment methods:

    • Cash​

    • Check

    • Chase QuickPay/Zelle

    • Google Wallet