Education and Background
Alison earned a Diploma in Violin Performance from the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She also studied psychology and music at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. She holds a BA in psychology from Oberlin. Her violin teachers and chamber music coaches include Valerie Vilker-Kuchment, Blanche Moyse, Stanley Ritchie, Eda Mazo-Shlyam, Daniel Stepner and Andor Toth.
Alison has worked with Suzuki teacher Cathryn Lee and Mihoko Hirata. She had a most memorable summer in Japan joining a teacher training class with the founder of the method, Dr. Shinichi Suzuki.
In addition to her work at CSMA, Alison teaches privately at the Allegro Violin Studio, which she founded. She previously taught group and private lessons at the Yew Chung International School in Mountain View. At an earlier time she taught violin privately in Cambridge, MA. She has performed in the Oberlin Conservatory Chamber Orchestra, the Longy Chamber Orchestra, the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra and at the Brattleboro Music Festival.
“I believe that through the study of music the whole child can blossom. A child can become a sensitive, kind and strong individual. Along the lines of Suzuki philosophy he or she learns patience, mastery, self-awareness and the invaluable skill of listening.
“My violin teaching focus is on young beginners and their parents, who become closer to their children through this challenging joint project. It is a joy to make even a small impact on the lives of the families I work with through this wondrous process.”