Allison Stringer began playing the violin at the age of two and a half and piano at the age of ten. She has studied under teachers such as Jerzy Kaplanek, Raymond Yundt, David Zafer and Mayumi Seiler and has completed her Bachelor of Music in Performance from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2013. Allison has been actively teaching since 2008 and studying various pedagogical methods such as Suzuki and Mimi Zweig's, which is based off of a mixture of Suzuki, Paul Rolland and Zweig's own ideas. Allison also performs actively in orchestras, chamber ensembles, bands and doing session work. She has won awards such as the Wilfrid Laurier Concerto Competition, the Penderecki String Quartet Award and the KW Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition. Allison spends her summers performing across North America and Europe in various festivals.
I believe that teaching is based on two main concepts; the teacher having a strong knowledge of the material they are teaching and the teacher knowing they must listen and adapt to how each student needs to be taught.
"I believe that teaching is based on two main concepts; the teacher having a strong knowledge of the material they are teaching and the teacher knowing they must listen and adapt to how each student needs to be taught. There are great methods of teaching, such as the Suzuki method, that provide a firm foundation for learning but they do not tell you that each student will need an extra set of guidelines that are particular only to that one student. Being open to what a student is saying and aware of what they are not saying but may need is one of the key foundational points I use in my teaching style. This is the main reason that I love and continue to teach; each student brings something new to be learned and developed if you are willing to listen."