Alison Maerker Garner

Violin, Piano, Suzuki Early Childhood Education Teacher, Parent

Alison Maerker Garner

SAA Member


Knoxville, TN
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Alison Maerker Garner began her musical training in William Starr’s Suzuki Talent Education Association Knoxville studying with Hiroko Iritani Driver-Lippman, Linda Case, and Bill on violin and Connie Starr on piano. She toured the Americas as violin and piano soloist performing in Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and Atlanta’s Symphony Hall in the 1970s. Ms. Garner received her BM degree from Indiana University in violin performance studying under Josef Gingold, Paul Biss, and Miriam Fried. She has her MS from the University of Tennessee in Music Education, Interrelated Arts and Child Development with piano as her instrument. Ms. Garner is a Suzuki registered violin and piano teacher, and holds certification in the Orff and Kodaly methods in addition to Dalcroze training with Marvelene Moore, Graham modern dance, and Music Mind Games.
Ms. Garner coordinates Studio2 offering classes and workshops in Dalcroze, chamber music, play-ins, private lessons, and MusicTime—a Suzuki-based approach integrating Orff and Kodaly concepts to young children. An active soloist and chamber musician, Ms. Garner is the violinist for the grant-awarded Trillium Piano Trio and Baroque violinist for the Knoxville Early Music Project. Ms. Garner produced two CD’s and has published in the ASJ, MEJ, American String Teacher, Kodaly Envoy, Clavier Companion, and Teaching Music, as well as presented at MTNA and ASTA. Her music curriculum Musical Minds for young instrumentalists combines Suzuki philosophy and approach, Edwin Gordon’s learning theory, and arts aesthetics education to introduce and practice all ways of experiencing music. Musical Minds volumes 1 and 2 (published) present musical elements through patterns to hear, imitate, memorize, improvise, write, read, compose, and apply to repertoire. Musical Minds volume three (published) Text, Reading, Resource and Chamber series focuses on the history and performance styles of the Baroque Period. Musical Minds volume four (published February 2018) Text, Reading, Resource and Chamber series studioes the repertoire and genres of the Classical Period.
In 2016, Ms. Garner helped instate the Knoxville Area Suzuki Cooperative to serve the Suzuki families, teachers and students in the East Tennessee community. Within the Co-op, students and teachers are supported in their efforts to reach the community through chamber music programs/performances for nursing home residents, workshops, and practice-a-thon performances that benefit local charities.

Ms. Garner resides in Knoxville, TN with her husband Stan and daughter Helen.