Teaching

Alison is currently on the teaching faculty of the University of Toronto, and also maintains a private studio for students of various levels.  From 1999 to 2010 she was on the teaching faculty of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (OH), where she taught recorder major and secondary students, coached Renaissance consorts and Baroque ensembles, and taught the wind components of the program’s Historical Performance in Context courses. Alison has also taught recorder and traverso students for Western University, Wilfrid Laurier University, York University, Vancouver Community College, and other post-secondary institutions.

She has taught master classes and at workshops for universities, colleges, and early music organizations across North America including Early Music Vancouver, CAMMAC (QC), Texas Toot, Amherst Early Music (CT), Columbia Gorge Early Music Retreat (OR), SFEMS (CA), Winds and Waves (OR), Port Townsend Early Music (WA), Queen’s University, Wilfrid Laurier University, University of Alberta, and others.

“Alison is such a fun teacher, tempering her serious criticism and instruction with an easy light-heartedness. Please invite her back.”  (Amherst Early Music)

At her home studio in Toronto, she teaches recorder, Baroque flute, Renaissance consorts, Baroque ensembles, and Baroque performance practice for players of modern wind instruments. You can contact her regarding lessons or ensembles at alison@alisonmelville.com.

Repertoire close to Alison’s heart includes:

  • French Baroque music for recorder and traverso;
  • English recorder music of the late 17th and early 18th centuries;
  • flute music of the Scottish Baroque;
  • 16th-century Italian diminution practice;
  • Italianate high Baroque ornamentation;
  • the playing of divisions on a ground and other forms of improvisation;
  • Bach’s cantata obbligato parts;
  • Baroque chamber music with voice;
  • recorder music of the last 100 years, both ‘neo-classical’ and avant-garde.

Alison has produced two books of studies (Shadowing Bach, Hors d’Oeuvres) and Scottish Airs, a book of 18th-century tunes by James Oswald for baroque flute and recorder.  For more info go to the Publications page: http://alisonmelville.com/publications/

MUSIC APPRECIATION COURSES:

Alison also occasionally teaches early music appreciation courses for Ryerson University’s Life Institute, and has taught similar courses at the Royal Conservatory of Music. The next such course is expected to take place at the Life Institute in the summer or fall of 2020.

“Depth, humour and insight from Alison and a fully engaged class made this a great experience.”

“If there would be an Oscar/Nobel prize for lecturers, Alison would be the first recipient. Not only she knows and is passionate about her subject matter, but her lecture delivery is simply superb.”

“Loved every minute.”