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Alison H In StudioStudio Teaches OnlineOnline
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Instruments: Piano
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Folk, Country, Gospel, Musical Theater, Opera, Showtunes, Spirituals, Swing, New Age

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Alison H In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Piano
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Folk, Country, Gospel, Musical Theater, Opera, Showtunes, Spirituals, Swing, New Age

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In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 5-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:

Bachelor's of Music from Indiana University, 1998

Master's of Science, Kent State University, 2019

Awards:

International Recording Artist, Released Renaissance, A Rebirth of Classic Melodies, in 2010; available on Itunes and Amazon Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance, Indiana University, 1998  

Overview:
I have been a professional musician since 1999, working as a choral composer, instrumental arranger, performer, accompanist, teacher, and worship director. I grew up studying classically in West Virginia, working with renowned instructors and performers in the state and competing in concerto and other competitions. I began to understand playing by ear as I studied theory in high school and then at university, and now I'm proficient at playing by ear, accompanying, and transposing, as well as having significant experience as a professional accompanist in many venues.  My bachelor's degree is from Indiana University and my master's from Kent State University.   Alison has been the rehearsal accompanist and orchestra pianist for professional theater companies in the Midwest. She has provided event music for such varied clients as the Alzheimer's Association, Atos Origin, Inc., and Fidelity Insurance.  She has performed at the Cincinnati Music Hall and the Aronoff, art museums, and prestigious restaurants and conference centers.  She has also been recognized by clients and online for her ability to create the perfect atmosphere for a wedding ceremony. She also has had a thriving studio of piano and voice students of all ages.  
EXPERIENCE
TEACHING:  Montessori Music Teacher, Northern Kentucky, 2010; Piano and Voice Teacher with Musika Lessons, 2008-; Substitute Music Teacher and Consultant in Public and Private schools, 1999-; Private Piano and Voice Teacher, 1998-; Adjunct Piano Professor, Indiana Wesleyan University, 2004-2007. PERFORMING:  Senior Staff Accompanist at Indiana Wesleyan University and Cincinnati Conservatory, 2004-2011; Pianist/Vocalist for Chemistry, a Cincinnati area rock/folk band, 2009-2011; Recording Artist, 2010; Performance and rehearsal pianist for professional theater companies, 2007-; Corporate Event, Convention, and Wedding performer, 2000-. COMPOSING/ARRANGING: Sacred Choral Composer, copyrighted, 1997-, including Songs of a Savior Advent series; Arranger for piano of pieces from all genres, including all arranging work for solo piano CD, Renaissance, 2010.  Weekly arranger of music for contemporary worship band.   DIRECTING: Producer and director of sacred and public/private school arts productions, 1999-, including actors, instrumental musicians, vocal performers, choirs, and lighting/tech/stage crews. Worship director of contemporary and traditional services, including band recruitment/training, service planning, music selection/rehearsal, and service leading, 2001-.  
METHODS USED
Method/Material choice is highly dependent upon the age, goals, instrument, and personality/temperament of the student.   PIANO: Generally speaking, for a child beginner student, I'm using either Bastien or Faber and Faber.  For 12+ year old piano students, beginner through intermediate, I often work from Alfred's All-In-One piano instruction book, supplementing with appropriate pop, classical, and theory work as the student progresses.  I have found Practical Theory Complete, by Sandy Feldstein, to be an invaluable resource for both piano and vocal students.   I often teach adults who are beginning students or are coming back to piano after an absence.  We work together to tailor the repertoire to their desires, which are often just personal fulfillment.  Coming back to or being introduced to musical study as an adult is immensely rewarding, and it is a great joy of mine to be able to correlate the life experience they have with the study of the arts.  For more advanced students, teenage to adult, I develop an individual curriculum/repertoire plan based on need.  If I am preparing middle or high school students for conservatory or university entrance, we study a rigorous blend of scales/technic work, music history and theory, and a balance of difficulty-appropriate classical pieces from all time periods.  We study on the semester program, in preparation for their university schedule.   I often work with older students on the development of playing by ear - understanding enough music theory to learn basic chording patterns, and then growing into skilled performers of popular music or their own arrangements.   VOICE: For students from 8-13, vocal instruction is focused on confidence building and a proper foundation for singing.  I use a combination of well-known children's songs, such as in Hal Leonard's Essential Songs series, the children's book, and songs from their favorite artists.  Through these songs, students learn to sing out strongly without shouting, form their vowels correctly, hold out the vowels of each word and create long vocal lines, and communicate emotion through song. These basic studies prepare the student for a future in voice without the technic work and more rigorous study that they aren't ready for physically. I try to expose each student to styles of music they might not be familiar with. For teenage to adult students, as with piano, the approach is tailored to individual need.  Many teenage students are looking to express themselves and better their "instrument", but are not focusing on university level music work.  We still focus on a well-rounded approach to music and the arts, but with a less rigorous plan that seeks to discover their vocal strengths and feed the musical itch within them.    Often adult voice students are looking to fulfill a desire to study voice that has been in the back of their minds for years.  I work to explore and fulfill that desire through whatever genres of music make sense for their lives.  Many times, I see adult students with significant natural gifts that need my help refining their sound for performance.  I have taught many worship leaders, professional performers, teachers, and local singers who are looking to branch into national work or simply learn correct vocal technique to protect their voice from its daily abuse.  
LESSON STYLE
My approach to students and lessons is very personal - not only do I want to understand each student's personality/temperament and life situation and use that to shape my approach, but I want to open their minds to the variety of ways that music overlaps so many other disciplines and life interactions.   If I have an adult working in a highly analytical field, I want him to see the patterns and mathematical foundations within music, and yet use music as a launching pad to explore creativity and spontanaeity.   If my hour is spent with a precocious child or an unmotivated teenager, I find both the fun and structured elements of music, and relate it back to things they know and love.  I work to open their eyes not only to the present, but the future - teaching them how foundational concepts of music can be hugely influential in developing them into well-rounded, disciplined, yet creative teens and adults.   I seek to know my students, and for them to know that I care about them, while still focusing on the study of music for our time together.  My students will never say, "We just don't do anything!" in our lessons.  But they will also never think I am cold or impersonal. Always, I am seeking to understand a student's present identity, diagnose weaknesses and strengths in knowlege and discipline, and then work to stimulate her mind and develop her into a well-rounded artist and citizen.    
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