Gail Nelson

Gail N.

Fort Worth, TX
Teaching Locations:
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Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
The violin is easily recognizable and very popular. Violin lessons include theory, technique, repertoire, and more. We'll work together to design a lesson plan that works for you and your learning style.

About Gail N.

Music is my first love! After trying out several instruments, violin and viola stole my heart. I've been playing for nearly 20 years, and teaching for 9.

As a teacher, I am flexible and fun-loving. I believe that music should always be fun, even when it's hard. I help foster a lifetime love of music, and work with him/her to design a custom program just for them.

I'm classically trained, but love all music, especially baroque, renaissance and Celtic styles.

I am available for online lessons all over the world, and I'm happy to record them so you can review them all week long. If you would like to discuss coming to me, please contact me first. I teach from my home, and would prefer to chat with you a bit.

*** Lesson Details ***

A typical lesson consists of checking student's progress, addressing any immediate issues, and developing technique/knowledge.

In 3-6 months, you or your child should be:

* Reading music consistently at an appropriate level.

* Developing an understanding of rhythm and meter.

* Placing fingers properly for the most part.

* Developing correct posture and holding their instrument and bow in a relaxed manner that suits their body type and facilitates the freedom of movement required for making great music.

I work with kids of all ages - from 5 to 95!


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8 Reviews
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I’ve had three lessons so far and I feel so supported by Gail. I’m an adult student and Gail is very patient with me and kind. I actually really enjoy going to my lessons! She has already taught me so many handy tricks that she learned from many years of experience. I’m brand new to the violin and Gail is excellent at helping me with my hand placement and I feel confident that what she’s teaching me is really setting me up for success and good habits with the violin.

Posted Feb 18, 2020
Ryker B.
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My son was excited about Ms Gail’s knowledge of the viola.

Posted Sep 1, 2019
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I Love my lessons with Ms. Gail! She makes the lesson fun and is always encouraging me to step out of my comfort zone and try an exercise before a scheduled lesson. I would highly recommend Ms. Gail!

Posted Oct 4, 2018
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Gail is a terrific instructor. She constantly recognizes your successes (however big or small ) and challenges you to do better. She has an amazing ability to know when you need to take a different approach to your music. Every musician or student is different and she adapts her techniques to variety of levels of learning.

Posted Sep 28, 2018
Diego Corriente
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A truly good instructor that can get into a student's head & help direct them to where they need to be, in terms of style & performance. She will get you on the correct path & take you to a higher level.

Posted Sep 28, 2018
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My son, Donovan, studied violin with Ms. Nelson for four years at Alan’s Music in La Mesa, CA. He began at age four and I was a bit apprehensive about finding a teacher who would be effective with a younger child. Ms. Nelson was the perfect fit. She selects music that is varied and interesting. She is flexible too. When my son showed an interest in learning Superman, she found the music and supported him. We love her patient, gentle, but firm approach. Ms. Nelson has high expectations and is very open-minded about what young students can learn. From the start, she incorporated teaching music notation & music theory at age-appropriate levels. She is extremely knowledgeable and shares her knowledge with students in an engaging and comprehensible manner. She instills a love of music in her students - what a gift! I can’t recommend Ms. Nelson’s music instruction enough.

-Gina Vattuone La Mesa, CA

Ms. Nelson is a very nice and funny person. She is a good violin teacher because she is encouraging and always plays the music before I play it to see if I like it.

- Donovan Maes, age 8, La Mesa, CA

Posted Sep 23, 2018
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My newbie (beginner with zero experience) son has been taking violin lessons via skype for almost 2 years now. I specifically was looking for a teacher who could meet us over the internet, considering I needed a break from the commute. Although I wasn't sure this could work, I gave it a shot...& I am SOOO glad I did! I love the flexibility for our lessons to be in the early morning before school, we could only do this online.

My son LOVES playing his violin! It's funny because he wanted to quit once or twice when he came upon new challenges, etc. Gail works patiently with him as he gains confidence, slowly but surely he has improved dramatically. She has customized his lessons perfectly to fit his needs which is what I was hoping for. Online accompaniment to his songs made it even more fun & we just started a fiddle book (my son's request) which he is enjoying enormously.

My son picks up his violin & plays on his own all the time, WOW! He sounds great, is learning good technique & theory, but most importantly he was given a chance to enjoy the learning process, to me this is priceless. You won't be disappointed with Gail, she is a GREAT teacher! So glad we found her!!!

Side note: In the beginning I was trying to figure out how to tune the violin for my son, & fingering.The snark tuner & the chinatera fingerboard sticker gave me some needed confidence that we could do this online.

Posted Nov 14, 2016
Logan G.
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Gail is a very good and kind violin teacher and was just perfect for my son's introduction to instrument. He really enjoyed the lessons and learning how to play each of the strings then putting them together in a song. It was a wonderful experience.

Posted Jun 2, 2015

Photos & Videos

5 Photos & Videos


Dec 2018 - Present

Ft. Worth Civic Orchestra

The few, the proud...the violas. ;)

Other performances
May 2013 - Present


Il Trovatore - section viola Rick Michael - section viola Weddings - solo violin Weddings - violin or viola in trio/quartet Holiday events & parties - violin or viola in trio/quartet

Apr 2013 - Present

Private Studio

• Teaching violin and viola students of varying ages between 5 to 95 • Use a variety of approaches to communicate and effectively teach the theory, musicality and mechanics of playing the violin and viola. • Work with students and their parents to create a personalized education plan that works. • Teach students how to work with their physiology to play their best.

Jan 2017 - Sep 2018

East County Youth Symphony

• Working with groups of young musicians from ages 6-12. • Teaching budding musicians to hold instruments correctly, read music, play together and sharing my love of making music. • Guiding young musicians in developing musical knowledge. • Leading these groups through regular performances. • Filling in where needed in performances with various groups.

Jan 2015 - Sep 2018

Equinox String Quartet

An early music quartet with a non-traditional format - two violas, a violin and cello! We played music from the Renaissance up through the early Baroque period, educating and entertaining audiences.

Music Instructor
Feb 2010 - Jun 2013


• Wrote the music program for K-2 students at Lakeview Elementary. • Taught K-2 students music fundamentals & how to play the recorder. • Led students in regular performances for school and district events, and other local events.



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