Who is the instructor?
Dr. Matthew Allison has been an affiliated instructor at nationally accredited music schools for twenty years, maintains a studio with students of all ages in Metro-St Louis known as Allison Flute Studio, runs the virtual community Solo of the Month, and curates the PracticeFlute sites. Previously, he has held positions at Lindenwood University, Western Illinois University, the Pennsylvania Academy of Music, and University of Kansas. He has performed and taught throughout the country, including IL MEA, PA MEA, KS MEA. He is a founding member of NakedEye New Music Ensemble, and has performed as a soloist with the Alton Symphony, Lancaster Chamber Orchestra, and Belleville Philharmonic. He is a clinician and national Teaching Artist for Tomasi Flutes and is the Manager of Marketing and Brand for JLSmith Co and Flute World.
Why take lessons?
Private lessons provide individualized, one-on-one instruction with a professional flute performer and educator. With this attention, the student improves faster and with more skill and finesse. Studying with a master of the instrument insures that good habits will be instilled and that the student’s personal learning needs are met. Dr. Allison takes pride in inspiring students to achieve their own goals using efficient and effecting teaching tools that the students can use outside of lessons.
What is covered in lessons?
Lessons help you reach YOUR goals, perhaps more efficiently. Each lessons is designed with you in mind, with a foundation in the pedagogy of flute instruction but also creative, out-of-the-box approaches to get the mind truly engaged in learning.
If you are a student: In addition to gaining skill and comfort with your school’s required repertoire, All-District preparation, and solo/ensemble selections, student will work on flute-specific skills and techniques addressing tone, intonation, vibrato, expanding range, and double tonguing.
If you are an adult: Are you interested in playing for fun, at church, for side-income, or to win a gig? Are you returning to music after some time away, brand new to the instrument, or a seasoned professional who wants more feedback to refine your playing. All experience levels are welcome in the flute studio.
What does it cost?
The 2022 rate for private lessons is $40 per half hour and $75 per hour.*
A discount is given to students in St. Clair County for the rates of $35/30, $52/45, and $70/60.*
For students wanting irregular lessons, or just an isolated lesson to prepare for an audition or competition, the rate is $90/hr.
*Regular lessons are required for these rates, and adhere to a make-up policy (in person or through Skype, depending on availability and advance planning).
Where are the lessons?
AFS is both a physical and virtual studio. The “home” location is in Belleville, IL. Lessons are also taught on campus in O’Fallon. Depending on the number of students from your band, lessons might take place at your school, even during class.
Long-distance lessons are through SKYPE. (Zoom is an option, but only for those who are tech savvy.)
How do I sign up?
Dr. Allison is currently accepting students of all ages, all levels, worldwide. Fill out the form to get in contact.
Cancellation Policy Please, PLEASE try to SWAP with a classmate first if a conflict comes up during your normally scheduled time - especially if you are at one of the school locations (even if I can make up on a different day, I'll be sitting at your school during your slot if you don't swap - essentially doubling the time I dedicate to you).
Photo / Video Policy
By taking lessons, I CONSENT to the use of photos and videos. Photos and videos will be used for your own students growth, as well as to provide educational and promotional materials for other studio members, to other music educators, and to prospective students. Photo / Video Policy.