Alison Neely is a master teacher at Westminster Conservatory of Music, where she has taught piano and coached chamber music since 1991. She also maintains a private studio (since 1983), and her students have gone on to become both professional and avid amateur musicians.
Ms. Neely also enjoys her role as Director of the Honors Music Programs at the Conservatory. Under her leadership since 1999, the program has grown into four integrated programs that make up Westminster's Honors Music Program for gifted and talented instrumental and vocal students. The program reflects her vision of a pre-college curriculum that promotes breadth and depth in classical music education and includes music theory, music history, chamber music, jazz improvisation and performance training.
Ms. Neely received a M.M. degree in Piano Performance from the Hartt School of Music, and a B.A. degree in Music with honors from Wesleyan University. Her major teachers include Paul Rutman, Leonard Shure, Sanda Schuldmann and Gellert Modos. In addition to her musical studies, she has done work in Ideokinesis and Bioenergetics.
She formerly served on the piano faculty of the Neighborhood School of Music, New Haven, Connecticut (1984-91), and on the executive boards of New Jersey Music Teachers Association and Chamber Music Plus. She is a frequent clinician and adjudicator in the tri-state area.
Originally from Chicago, she lives in Princeton, New Jersey with her husband and two children.