Alison Salter BMus Hons, Managing Director and Brass and Woodwind teacher
Alison is an experienced multi-instrumentalist musician and teacher based in Inverness. An enthusiastic and innovative brass and woodwind teacher who is passionate about passing on her knowledge, Alison has dedicated the last ten years to breaking down the traditional thinking regarding the simultaneous learning of brass, woodwind and string instruments; a concept which has led to the formation of Inverness Music School.
Born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, Alison first began reading and playing music at the age of three and was brought up amidst concert bands and the brass band tradition, playing cornet from age 8 before moving on to trumpet. Alison is classically trained in brass and went on to study music at The University of Wales, Bangor. Here, Alison took a more academic route through music and graduated with a first class BMus Hons Degree in 2004 before moving to Aberdeen. Whilst lecturing for a year in Scottish Music History at the University of Aberdeen, Alison resumed playing the cornet, flugelhorn and tenor horn with the First Section ranked Granite City Brass Band.
From 2005-2015 Alison worked for Aberdeenshire Council as a brass instructor, teaching children from age 7-18, many of whom continued their musical studies up to Grade 8 and beyond, playing in the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland or went on to study music at university. Alison has entered pupils for ABRSM and Trinity performance exams since 2005 and is very proud to retain a 100% pass rate.
Alison began learning the alto saxophone as an adult, and worked her way up to Grade 8 in just two years before taking a Diploma in the instrument. Alison now regularly teaches sax and other woodwind instruments as well as brass.
Having been brought up with the even more staunch idea that brass and string players should never be seen to crossover, Alison’s latest significant musical venture was in 2008 when she began learning fiddle in a further attempt to bridge the even wider divide between brass and string players. In contrast to her classical training, Alison’s crossover to the traditional world of music has provided a fresh outlook, particularly with regard to the benefits of learning by ear and the development of memory; a concept which Alison now incorporates into much of her brass and woodwind teaching. Several of Alison’s students are themselves multi-instrumental and cross over the brass, woodwind and string boundaries.
In October 2015, Alison left her role as a music instructor in schools and began directing the Music School full time. Alison moved the School into larger purpose built premises over the summer of 2016. Throughout 2017, Alison will be expanding the Music School with a secondary new school which serves the Ullapool region. This will operate initially from Braemore Hall just south of Ullapool.
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