"Allison cares deeply about her students, about their progress, and about their involvement in music beyond simply attending their private lessons. She is highly attuned to and concerned about their enjoyment and engagement as young musicians. She is extraordinarily enthusiastic and encouraging of each of her students.
Allison is also a highly creative and outside-the-box thinker. She recently was one of the true stars of the pandemic, among the first to have her students continue making music remotely by harnessing and learning audio/video mixing technology. Any musical institution, particularly one that prides itself on encouraging young students to challenge themselves and discover their musical potential, would be fortunate to have Allison Dobbs join their ranks as a teacher."
~ Supervisor, Brookline Music School
Allison received her B Mus from Texas Tech School of Music, and her M Mus and Graduate Performance Diploma from Boston Conservatory of Music, where she was a member of the BCM Honors String Quartet. Her principal teachers were John Gilbert, Markus Placci and Lynn Chang. She is certified as a Suzuki Instructor through Book 3, and also has training in Alexander Technique for musicians.
Allison also holds a BFA from Cooper Union College, and loves to combine music and art for students in multi-media projects such as “Night at the Ballet” chamber music, art, and dance workshop; Chamber Music and Puppetry: Pirates; Virtual Chamber Music Story Telling. She is the Creator of the PlayTogether GO! chamber music/game design project, hosted at WSM and supported by the Wayland Cultural Council/Mass Cultural Council.
In addition to Wayland School of Music, Allison teaches at Brookline Music School and at the Powers School in Belmont. She was after-school lesson instructor for the Needham Public Schools from 2013-18. Her students have been successful in youth orchestra auditions including the BYSO, and Junior and Senior District Orchestras.
Allison has performed with multiple ensembles in the NE area including the Waltham Philharmonic (concertmaster), MassOpera (principal), Promisek Bach Festival and many others.