Teacher

Alison has been teaching music professionally since 2009, and currently provides lessons in folk fiddle, classical violin, piano and ukulele to students of all ages in Bristol. This includes one-to-one private lessons after school and small group lessons in Bristol primary schools. Regular lessons take place in Bristol or online.

She also runs music and dance workshops for schools and communities across the country, both as an independent practitioner and as a member of the mAy team.

For more information please visit her teaching websites:


Recent Projects

Shooting Roots

Tutor for Shooting Roots since 2009, providing music workshops for young people at folk festivals.

First rehearsal of ‘Rolling Down To Old Maui’, by Shooting Roots at Broadstairs Folk Week 2015


Call Me Ceilidh

Project Leader for Cambridgeshire Music’s two-year Ultimate Ceilidh Band project for young people in Cambridgeshire, supported by Youth Music. (2013-2015)

The Dancing Bear & Jenny Nettles, in rehearsal by Call Me Ceilidh – with tutors Alison Rowley and Pete Ord


Tri Folk Project

Lead tutor working with student ensembles in West London, in partnership with the Tri Borough Music Hub and the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS). (2014)

Nonesuch, performed by the Junior Orchestra – with tutors Alison Rowley and Dave Delarre

Upton-upon-Severn Stick Dance, performed by the Senior Orchestra – with tutors Alison Rowley and Dave Delarre


Morris Monday Project

Lead tutor for a collaboration between EFDSS and the Camden Music Hub, introducing folk music to Camden Training Orchestra by playing a simplified movement of Alison’s Morris Monday fantasia and two related morris dance tunes. (2013-2014)

Highland Mary, performed at LSO St Luke’s

Cuckoo’s Nest, performed at LSO St Luke’s


Rainbow Music Adult Bands

Ran the Rainbow Music Folk Band and Ukulele Band, giving adults in South Essex the opportunity to learn a new instrument or genre and rehearse, arrange and perform music in a large ensemble. (2012-14)

With A Little Help From My Friends, performed by Rainbow Music Ukulele Band

The ukulele band in concert, April 2013. Photograph by Les Ganudler.


Whole Class Ukulele Teacher

Taught Ukulele from scratch to whole classes of Year Five students over seven sessions, working towards a short concert for their families.

Excerpts from Swing Low Sweet Chariot, Singing In The Rain, Banana Boat Song, Stay With Me, Proud Mary, In The Jungle