What is covered in lessons?
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.
Who is the instructor?
Dr. Matthew Allison maintains a of all ages in Metro-St Louis known as Allison Flute Studio, and is also a music instructor for Lindenwood University. Previously, he has held positions at 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 Gemeinhardt Musical Instruments.
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 does it cost?
The 2021 rate for private lessons is $30 per half hour and $60 per hour. Regular lessons are required, 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, and ToneRow.
How do I sign up?
Dr. Allison is currently accepting students of all ages, all levels, worldwide. Drop a note if you are interested in working together to improve your flute experience.