Ashlie Neilson

Ashlie N.

Northridge, CA

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Ashlie delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
June 2004

I very much love teaching, and have a lot of patience. I believe music should be fun, and is necessary to a well-balanced life.
I currently live in Northridge, CA. I began my classical training at the age of 5 and began performing professionally in a mariachi group at the age of 15 years old. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Music Education at California State University, Northridge in December of 2010 where I studied violin with Michael Ferril a graduate from Julliard who has played on countless Hollywood films. I returned to CSUN as a graduate student and received my teaching credential in 2013.

Latin American Music Awards, Dolby Theater
-Performed with Grammy Award winning artists Idina Menzel, Jesse and Joy, Yuri, and Reik

House of Blues Anaheim June 2013
-Performed as backup singer and dancer in opening act for Grammy Award winner Intocable

Glee, Fox Television 2012
-Played four tracks on camera with cast band in two episodes of Glee during seasons three and four

Gibson Amphitheatre July 2012
-Performed live as mariachi in opening act for Grammy Award winner Ramon Ayala to sold-out venue

House of Blues Anaheim February 2012
-Performed live as mariachi in opening act for Grammy Award winner Ramon Ayala

I have played in symphony orchestras, performed solo pieces, and play chamber music. I have played concerts in Hawaii, Europe, Alaska, and Palm Springs. I have also played with several mariachi groups in the greater Los Angeles area. Other performance locations include Guadalajara, Ensenada, Tucson, and more. Some of these performances were during my time studying under Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano.

-Presently performing as violinist/vocalist with Mariachi Mexico
-Have performed as violinist/vocalist with numerous mariachi ensembles, including Mariachi Poncitlan, Mariachi Master Apprentice Program led by Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, and Mariachi Olas.

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I believe learning music should be fun and inspiring but I am also serious about teaching and my students. As long as the student practices on a regular basis I will help guide and teach the student and give them the tools necessary to be an amazing performer.
I definitely focus on learning to read music, scales, etudes, standard repertoire, and of course whatever fun pieces of music may interest the student. I have two student recitals per year giving the students opportunities to showcase their talent and see their progress.

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Music Teacher
Jan 2016 - Present

Worked full time to found the middle school's first music program, as budget cuts come and go, the school now has music part time.

Teaching Artist
Mar 2014 - Present
Harmony Project-Glassell Park

Teacher to violin group class.
Rehearses Beginning Ensemble.

Long/Short Term Violin Substitue Teacher and Juror
Dec 2013 - Present
Harmony Project-YOLA (EXPO Center)

•Long term and short term substitute teaching to violin group classes.
•Juror for violin juries giving feedback and assigning grade via rubric

Long/Short Term Music Substitute
Sep 2013 - Present
Vaughn Next Century Learning Center Charter School

•Lesson planning; leading rehearsals; conducting; various administrative duties for three bands and two orchestras grades 6th through 8th.
•Single day substitute teaching for band, orchestra, and chorus grades 9th through 12th.

Violin Teacher
Jan 2012 - Aug 2013
Dave Janssen's School of Music

Teacher of private lessons for violin.

Student Teacher
Aug 2012 - Jun 2013
Los Angeles School District

•Lesson planning; leading rehearsals; conducting; various administrative duties
•Taught beginning strings and winds at San Fernando and Topeka Elementary Schools while mentored by Professor Linda Mouradian; beginning and advanced band at Sepulveda Middle School while mentored by Sarah Denton; and general music at Gledhill Elementary School with Patrick Ridolfi

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Violin Teacher
Jan 2010 - Jul 2011
Little School of Music

Instructor of violin lessons and classes.

Co-Music Director and Intern
Sep 2008 - May 2011
CSUN Music Outreach Program

•Taught beginning and advanced string classes at Calahan Elementary School
•Mentored by Professor Mary Schliff, head of the Music Education Department at CSUN

Music Director and Violinist/Vocalist
Oct 2003 - Apr 2008
Mariachi Poncitlán

•Organized and led weekly rehearsals while serving as music director; weekly voice and violin performances; various administrative duties


Teaching Credential-Single Subject, Music
Jun 2011 - May 2013
California State University, Northridge
Bachelor of Arts (Music Education)
Sep 2005 - Dec 2010
California State University, Northridge


Limited Proficiency


Music Education Scholarship
May 2011
Clarence and Margaret Wiggins
May 2009
Ricky Gelb Outreach


National Organization of Women
Sep 2016

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Photos & Videos

June Recital 2014

Teaching Beginning Violin Class. 40+ students! FUN!

A pleasure to work with such talented and humble artists, Jesse and Joy!
Performing Holiday Pops Quartet Music For Our Recital! December 2013

Performing the Latin American Music Awards at the Dolby Theater
On the set of Glee! Fox TV @ Paramount Studios

One of the songs I performed on Glee. Spot me on violin !
Dress Rehearsal at the Valley Performing Arts Center (VPAC)

Sound Check at the Gibson Amphitheater in Hollywood, CA
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19 Reviews

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Emily J. Jul 20, 2015
Violin · In studio

Ashlie is one of those rare excellent teachers that truly loves what she does and can impart that onto her students. We had our 9 year old daughter going to Ashlie for 6 months to try and see if our daughter would like violin. Unfortunately that did not work out, but not at all because of Ashlie. Honestly, if I wanted to learn how to take the Violin, I would take lessons from Ashlie because she is one of the best teachers out there.

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Emily J. Apr 15, 2015
Violin · In studio

Ashlie is a great teacher! Ashlie is very knowledgeable when it comes to teaching Violin and we love that about her. My daughter feels very comfortable around Ashlie because she knows just how to make the subject relate-able. Ashlie's personable teaching style and wonderful personality make lessons with her that much more enjoyable and I would highly recommend her.

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Marcela P. Oct 29, 2014
Violin · In studio

Ashlie has been teaching my twin girls the violin for over a year. She is very kind and patient and has a way of getting through to my children. Ashlie is no pushover which I really like since my girls will look for ways to waste time but the lessons are always well controlled. The girls have learned so much from her and I hope to continue with Ashlie for as long as we can!

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London W. Aug 26, 2014
Violin · In studio

A very good instructor, being that she had to contend with an adult learner that also did not read music, she was very understanding. She works her teachings around you not the other way around, so you can move at your own pace and ability and not feel like you are not improving. So I recommend her to any of you who are older, and would like to take up the Violin.

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Michael B. Aug 19, 2014
Violin · In studio

I've had many different music teachers over the years for various instruments but none of them have been as helpful and encouraging as Ashlie.
Ashlie's enthusiasm and love for music shines through every lesson. I would strongly recommend her to everyone!

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Alex J. May 6, 2014
Violin ·

First time music student

Learning to play the violin had always been the top item on my bucket list. I am very excited that I have been able begin this journey under a patient, understanding and experienced teacher such as Ashlie. Being a first time student to anything arts or music related I had some reservations, however all fear or hesitancy has been easily cast aside under Ashlie's tutelage.

Ashlie is a very calm and encouraging instructor who is able to implement a multitude of teaching techniques in order to help you progress in your lessons. Perhaps the biggest compliment I can express, in order to better encapsulate the degree of confidence and admiration I hold for her and her abilities, is that I am also going to start bringing my 7 year old niece for lessons and begin her journey with the violin.

I believe Ashlie's personality is perfect for teaching students of all ages. I look forward to continuing my musical practice under her guidance and to sharing this overall experience with my niece.

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GuillermoA Mar 6, 2014

Violin Instruction

I had taken some violin lessons 11 years prior to studying with my new teacher. She was able to access my level and appropriately chose pieces and exercises that where challenging but not overwhelming. Her instruction was clear and concise and I am pleased with my own progress and hope would recommend her to anyone who is apprehensive about finding a teacher. She is great!

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SarahD Mar 6, 2014

Recommendation for Ashlie

Ashlie was my student teacher during her last semester at CSUN. She is very bright, talented, articulate and friendly. She's strives teach her students how to be excellent musicians. When someone is struggling, she uses creative learning techniques to help them be successful.

It was a pleasure working the Ashlie and my students really enjoyed her presence in the classroom. Even though she's a violinist, she worked well with my woodwind, brass and percussion students in beginning band and senior band. She would go above and beyond what was required of her by staying during lunch on many days to help individual students. Ashlie volunteered to play the solo violin part for "Bashana Habana" at our Spring Concert. She also helped me prepare and take 100 students to the High Note Music Festival last spring. Ashlie handled her job in a professional manner by being punctual, dependable, well dressed.

I highly recommend Ashlie as a music teacher.

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Linda D. Mar 6, 2014

Super teacher!

Ashlie is the best! I am new to the violin and have no musical background. Ashlie is so patient, very thorough and encouraging. I am so glad to have chosen her for my instruction and look forward to many lessons with her. I highly recommend Ashlie Neilson!

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Babak S. Feb 12, 2014
Violin ·

violin lessons

I truly enjoyed my violin sessions with Ashlie, she is the best, I can't wait to start again.

Victoria T. Feb 10, 2014
Violin ·

Highly recommended

Ashlie has been teaching my 6 year old daughter for about 5 months now and I'm very happy with the results. My daughter is not the easiest student, she can be stubborn and quickly lose her concentration. Ashlie deals with this by staying one step ahead of her and keeping the lesson interesting. Every week, my daughter is very excited to go to her violin lesson. That's a great review in itself!

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Gerardo R. Dec 9, 2013
Violin ·

Patient, kind, talented. What more could you ask for?

After not touching a violin for nearly 10 years, I decided that it was time for me to learn how to play once again. Choosing Ashlie as my instructor was the best thing I could have done. Not only is Ashlie a fantastic instructor, but she's extremely sweet, patient, and kind. Her instructions were always clear and it truly seemed as if she enjoyed teaching me as much as I enjoyed playing. Ashlie was able to set a pace that allowed me to improve at a good rate while still progressing comfortably. She made sure I had a good grasp on the fundamentals and would quickly fix anything I may have been doing wrong.

Ashlie is a fantastic teacher, and she is somebody I would highly recommend to anybody.

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Sarah B. Feb 22, 2013
Violin ·

Great Violin Teacher

Ashlie has been teaching our 8-year-old son Julian for the last nine months and his violin playing is easy on the ears in this short period of time. Not only does she know her art and has great teaching skills she is extremely patient. Ashlie is able to keep our son on task and interested in learning and in return he wants to please her.
Sarah and Dominic

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Javier C. Feb 13, 2013
Violin ·

Ashlei is a great teacher

Ashlei has been teaching my daugher, age 9 for about 2 year. During this time, I have seen an amazing growth in my daughter's self confidence, work ethic, and passion for music. I can attribute all of this to Ashlei's careful and patient instruction in teaching my daughter violin. Ashlei has a great balance in teaching my daughter the discipline in learning an instrument, while making it fun. She is able to take music theory and break it down to a level that's easy to understand. This is absolutely crucial in learning any instrument and minimizing the fustration that can occur in the early stages. As a teacher Ashlei is very perceptive in understanding what level the student is at and teaching with emphasis on mastering the basics. Thanks to Ashlei, my daughter is still playing violin and continuing to do well.

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SueI May 24, 2012

Ashlie is Great!

Not only is she sweet, patient, and very musically knowledgeable, but she knows how to cater to one's particular learning style as well. While she makes sure the lessons move at a good pace, she is careful that it's not at the expense of previous skills learned. Above all, Ashlie's friendly disposition puts one at ease and makes learning to play the violin lots of fun. Thank you Ashlie!

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DavidO Jan 21, 2012


Ashlie is an amazing teacher. She is very patient and quick to find where I am messing up. I just hope I can put in the practice so that next time I see her we can move on to more advanced stuff.

DianaA2 Jan 11, 2012

Awsome instructor

My daughter Brittany has been taking violin lessons with Ashley for over a year now and she loves it. Ashley is very patient and works very well with kids. She is upbeat and fun. Not your typical music instructor- she is AWSOME!!!

FredH Oct 21, 2011

Friday Lesson, Violin.

My daughter Ashley is a beginner but i see she really enjoy going to violin class. She practice without me telling her, thank to a good teacher.

EricaG Aug 4, 2011

great teacher!

My daughter just had her 3rd lesson. She loves her teacher Ashlie. My daughter can't wait till her next lesson. Ashlie is very patient, enthusiastic and great with children. I would highly recommend her as a teacher.

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