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Alison Cheroff piano faculty

Alison Cheroff


Alison Cheroff, MA, is a concert pianist and teacher who inspires pianists of all ages and levels. She has taught a large number of children over the last thirty years, and she also coaches professional pianists and piano teachers. She has given workshops and master classes at Music Teachers’ Associations, and such institutions as the Crane School of Music and Steinway Hall. Her lessons are energetic and creative. Based in her training in the Taubman Approach, Ms. Cheroff teaches her students how to experience freedom and mastery at the piano. From the first lesson, students are taught how to unify their fingers, hands, and forearms. Students are often surprised that they can play with such ease: evenness, power, accuracy, rich tone colors and shaped phrases emerge. Ms. Cheroff has helped countless musicians overcome pain such as tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome, and to go on to have successful careers in music. Ms. Cheroff has served on the Mannes College of Music Preparatory Division in New York City. Her students have been chosen for such honors as the Young Steinway Hall Artists Awards, and have participated in the National Guild Auditions. For youth, Ms. Cheroff incorporates composition and Dalcroze Eurythmic games in her lessons. Her students often include their compositions in their performances. Ms. Cheroff studied at the San Francisco Conservatory before moving to New York to study with Edna Golandsky. There, she finished her BFA at SUNY Purchase, and received her MA from Hunter College–both in piano performance. Alison has recently published her piano book with her own watercolors, “Bananas Hardly Say Anything During the Day”.