Allison Dobbs

Violin | Viola | Suzuki Violin

Teaching Philosophy

My teaching is personalized to each individual, since students come to lessons from varied backgrounds, and with different goals. I welcome beginners just getting started to advanced players preparing for a performance, audition, or competition. Weekly lessons center around developing both technique and each student’s personal voice with the instrument. I seek to renew and continually reevaluate entry points for the student into his or her personal practice. I emphasize daily practice, since the great fun and gratification of playing can only be uncovered through spending regular time with the instrument. I also encourage my students to realize more fully the material covered in lessons by performing in recitals, large ensembles, and chamber groups.

Teaching Biography

Allison Dobbs studied string pedagogy with Rictor Noren at the Boston Conservatory and received certification for Suzuki Book 1 and 2 under the tutelage of Terri Einfeldt and Dr. Sue Baer. In addition to teaching at BMS, Allison also teaches violin and viola privately in the Needham Afterschool Lesson program and group classes at the Belmont Saturday School. Her students are active in both their school orchestras and extra-curricular chamber groups and orchestras.

Performance Biography

Allison Dobbs is a freelance musician with a passion for chamber music and joy for teaching. She graduated from the Boston Conservatory with both her masters and graduate performance diploma in violin. In her final year of school, she was part of the conservatory Honors String Quartet. The quartet twice won the conservatory honors competition as well as the MA-ASTA chamber music competition senior division. Last year Allison attended the Holy Cross Chamber Institute on full scholarship, where she was coached by with Peter Sulski and Michael Brown and the Music Mountain Masterclasses chamber program where she worked with Mischa Amory and Jonathan Yates. Recent engagements include collaborations with the Pentucket Players, The Dante Alighieri Society, and the Commonwealth Lyric Theatre. She also directed and performed on viola in the first faculty concert for the Needham Lesson Program.


B.M. Texas Tech School of Music; M.M. The Boston Conservatory; G.P.D. The Boston Conservatory

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Brookline Music School is a nonprofit organization that has provided excellence in music education to the Greater Boston community since 1924. We rely on the generous support of our donors to benefit the community through music.

Brookline Music School welcomes students of all ages. Enrollment is open year-round so students may begin private lesson study at any time. Join us!

Office Hours

Monday: 9am to 8pm
Tuesday: 9am to 8pm
Wednesday: 9am to 8pm
Thursday: 9am to 8pm
Friday: 9am to 5pm
Saturday: 9am to 4pm
Sunday - Closed for the summer