About

Music has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. When I was three, I was given a recorder by a very sweet couple who lived next door to us. I learned a little about it, and could play the simple tunes that came with the instrument – but I soon forgot about it! Even though I didn’t continue with music-hugo-expressesthe recorder at the time, my love of music only grew. Over the years, I’ve tried a few instruments, french horn, piano –  but once I started playing the violin, I knew I would be a string player for life. Then, when my first viola came home (which I still own), I was in love! It’s been my primary instrument since about the seventh grade.

I studied music through high school and into my early twenties, taking a break to have a family. I played off and on during those years, but never consistently until our twins began to show interest in music when they were very, very small. I volunteered to teach Kindergarten and first grade music at a school in Lakeside, and the rest is history. Many hours of study, lessons and practice later, I am a better musician now than I have ever been, and I’ve also gained a valuable perspective by relearning my instruments, and in teaching that I never would have had otherwise. Let’s just say that you should never stop playing… it’s really not like riding a bike and being a beginner a second time really stinks.

I have played with many community orchestras, for weddings and currently play viola with Equinox Quartet. We play music from the Renaissance up through the Baroque period, and I also work with the East County Youth Symphony, teaching some of the younger groups.

My strengths lie in working with young children, helping them both understand music and love it. My goal for every student is to leave me having a strong understanding of theory, musicianship and desire to seek out more opportunities for growth. I work with each student to tailor a program specifically for their needs, from working through simple bowing mechanics issues to the psychology of performance. Each student is unique, with different challenges to overcome, and using a one-size fits all approach is not going to work.

I pride myself in being available to to my students for questions, whenever they may need to ask them. I believe that you shouldn’t have to wait for the next lesson to have a question answered; the answer to question may be just what’s needed make the pieces start coming together.

Specialties

Classically trained, but I also enjoy Irish Fiddle and modern music. We will work together to develop a plan that will work and help foster a love of making music.

I specialize in working with kids of all ages. Don’t we all have a little kid inside us just itching to get out and play?

Why Music?

Our twins are why I started teaching music. Being a teacher is something I never imagined, but can’t imagine not teaching now. I was asked to help with music in the pre-K class in which they were enrolled, and the first instrument I thought of when deciding how to go about it was the recorder. It’s easy to use, small enough for small hands, and has a long history.

I took the time to re-learn the soprano recorder, put together a curriculum and together, the children and I learned. I learned to teach, and they learned music. By the end of that semester, there were even a few kids who were beginning to read the actual notes. I couldn’t have been more proud.

That small volunteer position grew into the wonderful program that I ran for several years, teaching all kindergarten and first grade students music through the recorder. I am so blessed to be able to share music with children, and I have been inspired to bring it to as many as I possibly can. Through the power of the internet, I can do exactly that.
I have, over the last several years, come to the conclusion that the vast majority of people are wired for music in some form.

The problem is that we do not introduce music to kids early enough, and we limit their choices to a small handful of instruments.

I have adapted my school program for use by parents – through, reading, exercises and activities. When we open up access to music to everyone then we have the opportunity as parents, to really see what our children can do without the limitations placed upon them by preconceptions.

Not everyone is going to be a Mozart, but everyone can enjoy music. Not only that, but you’ll be amazed at the growth your child during lessons.

Music has a wealth of knowledge to impart, here is the short list of what it can do for Gail-nelsonyour child:

  • Develop critical thinking skills
  • Improve hand-eye coordination
  • Improve language skills
  • Improve math skills
  • Improve fine-motor skills

 

Music is my passion in life.
Through music, all things are possible!

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