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Alison Crum has been called the doyenne of British viol teachers, and has a worldwide reputation for her teaching skills.

Alison Crum teaching viol

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Alison has been teaching viol players all over the world for more than 40 years, and in that time has taught well over a thousand people.

She has experience of teaching at every level from complete beginners to professionals, and from the age of 14 to 94! Several of her past students are now well-known professionals themselves.

Alison has a busy schedule of teaching in the UK. She holds teaching posts at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, West Dean College (where she teaches apprentice viol makers to play as well as supervising them on the practical details of setting up their instruments), and at the University of Birmingham.

She also gives regular private lessons and group coaching at home in London, and visits many parts of the country to give intensive days of lessons and coaching as required.

Further afield Alison teaches on a regular basis in Germany, Belgium and Italy, and in many parts of the USA. She has also made several visits to Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong and Israel.

Alison is in great demand as a teacher on many courses and workshops in the UK, Europe and the USA. Some of these are open to anyone, and some are for pre-formed groups, or aimed at specific levels.

Alison is also available to give lessons online, using Zoom, FaceTime or Skype.

Alison Crum, doyenne of British viol teachers, has a genius for explaining techniques and solving physical problems in terms of the simplest practical logic, without dogmatism or the least penchant for professional mystique.
Musical Times, England

Teaching Videos

Alison Crum has made a series of short videos on various aspects of viol technique. These include all the basics a beginner might need, such as holding all sizes of viol and holding the bow, but also more detail on such vital things as starting a note, changing bow direction, correcting faults, etc.


Videos by David Griffith

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