TEACHING

Since 2015, I have been teaching private students, sectionals, and group lessons from ages 6 to 75! I teach everything from first flute lessons to lessons with college students and advanced musicians. Teaching is one of my greatest passions and I would love to work with you, wherever you are in your flute journey.

 
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PRIVATE LESSONS

Private lessons are available in 30, 45, or 60-minute blocks for all ages and ability levels. I teach in student’s homes, in my home studio, and virtually. Lessons are tailored for each student by creating custom goals to get you where you want to be!

 

Private lessons with me are a great option for:

  • Someone who has never played flute before and wants to learn

  • Students who want a challenge outside of band and want to learn additional repertoire

  • Students who are preparing for auditions (regional, all-state, college, competitions, festivals)

  • High schoolers who are looking to major in music in college

  • Adults who want to explore their love of music!

Contact me today to set up a trial lesson!

 

When Ali agreed to teach me, I had not touched my flute in almost 40 years. To say that I was rusty, is a

grave understatement. And I had major gaps in my knowledge of music theory. Needless to say: I was

scared and insecure about my first meeting with Ali.

My fears proved to be unfounded. I met a young woman who was eager to help me get back into playing and to make sure that the experience was enjoyable and motivating.

Ali was able to relate to my special needs as an older adult who was playing on the novice/intermediate level, and she was able to produce a growth in me that I could not have foreseen. As a result, I strongly reconnected with my flute and music in general, and after just a few months I was brave enough to play with a friend who accompanied me on the piano. We even played for a group of friends!

My life has been enriched, and I cannot thank Ali enough for her gentle, determined and insightful teaching style that speaks volumes about her abilities and talent.

Iris Busch, student

 
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ENTHUSIASTIC, APPROACHABLE, EXPERIENCED

 

SCHOOLS

As a music educator, I understand the challenges of working with individuals and small groups in the band setting. Coachings and group lessons are a great option for schools at all levels. I can elevate the abilities of your band by getting less experienced students up to speed, and helping more advanced students shine in concerts and competitions. I offer short-term and long-term sectional help and individual support, and can bring additional chamber repertoire to work on with students.

 
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Alison is an extraordinary teacher and clinician. She instantly grasped exactly what the students needed and quickly led them to be better flutists. Her professionalism, enthusiasm, and musicianship are at the highest level.

Steve Zimmerman, Department Head and Director of Bands, Northwestern Regional High School, CT

 

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

My main goals of music-making are instilling creativity, confidence, and meaning. I find it important to gauge students and teach to their level of interest. Some students are interested in making music their priority, taking auditions, and pursuing a career in music, while others play instruments for the enjoyment of music and the connections that they can make with others. It is important to teach the fundamentals of instrumental performance in a way that emphasizes why basics are taught, how to improve upon them, and how that makes a difference in the music that students encounter.  All students are going through their own unique problems and changes, and I challenge myself to meet the emotional, mental, and intellectual needs of each student. I strive to show all students respect and treat them with dignity, resulting in a stronger sense of self-worth. I believe that students are more likely to be motivated to learn should they know they are being listened to and valued as individuals.

 

Questions about my teaching?

 
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