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Meredith Nelson Houston, Texas
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Name:   Meredith Nelson
Phone:   (713) 688-4081
Email:   meredithleslie@yahoo.com
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I am currently recruiting both piano and percussion students for my studio in the Memorial area. I have 7 years of experience in teaching both piano and percussion lessons. Pedagogical skills developed for my music education degree have both complemented my performance degrees and greatly aided in effectively teaching young people how to play musically. For piano students I am specifically looking for those at the beginning and intermediate levels. Beginning piano students may be as young as 6, but should definitely know how to read. I love to work with students of all ages. Students need to have an acoustic piano at home and actually want to take lessons. In the performing arts, EXPERIENCE is one of the greatest teachers of all. Therefore, all students perform on both winter and spring recitals.

I began my piano studies in 1978 and have been playing or studying ever since. Until my departure for Northwestern University's School of Music in 1991, the piano remained my primary instrument under the tutelage of Norma Burrows. Throughout my career I have continued to develop my keyboard skills with studies on the organ. My teachers have been Marcus St. Julien at The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and Ina Berkey in the Washington, D.C. area. I first held a Director of Music position at a church in Evanston, Illinois, and then spent time as a church organist/pianist substitute in Houston, before moving to the Washington D.C. area, where I regularly performed solos at St. Mark's Lutheran Church. My keyboard skills have even been utilized by the National Repertory Orchestra and "The President's Own" United States Marine Band of Washington, D.C., where I served for four years as a percussionist.

The highlights of my resume are as follows:

1998-2002 "The President's Own" United States Marine Band Washington, District of Columbia - Percussion 2001 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Baltimore, Maryland - Percussion Audition Semifinalist 1998 Houston Grand Opera Houston, Texas - Extra Percussion Houston Symphony Orchestra Houston, Texas - Extra Percussion Pacific Music Festival Sapporo, Japan - Percussion, Timpani National Orchestra Institute College Park, Maryland - Percussion, Timpani 1997 National Repertory Orchestra Breckenridge, Colorado - Percussion 1996 North Carolina School of the Arts Festival Orchestra European Tour - Percussion, Timpani 1994 University Lutheran Church Evanston, Illinois - Director of Music, Organist 1993-1994 Civic Orchestra of Chicago Chicago, Illinois - First Associate Percussion

Teaching

2002 Private Residential Studio Houston, Texas - Piano and Percussion Cinco Ranch Junior High Katy, Texas - Private Teacher Taylor High School Katy, Texas - Private Teacher 1999-2002 Private Residential Studio Alexandria, Virginia - Piano and Percussion 1996-1998 Private Residential Studio Houston, Texas - Piano and Percussion Memorial Senior High School Houston, Texas - Private Teacher Spring Forest Middle School Houston, Texas - Private Teacher The Kinkaid School Houston, Texas - Private Teacher 1995-1996 Hodges Bend Middle School Sugarland, Texas - Private Teacher Garcia Middle School Sugarland Texas - Private Teacher

Student Teaching

1995 Haven Middle School Evanston, Illinois Lincolnwood, Kingsley, Orrington, and Willard Schools Evanston, Illinois 1994 Elkins High School Missouri City, Texas

Education

Post Graduate Studies Ina Berkey - Organist, Washington, D.C. area Alan Abel - Percussionist, The Philadelphia Orchestra (Retired)

Rice University Houston, Texas 77251 M.M., Percussion Performance 1997 Grade Point Average: 3.9 Instructors: Marcus St. Julien - Organist, Houston area Richard Brown - Principal Percussionist, Houston Grand Opera

Northwestern University Evanston, Illinois 60201 B.M., Music Education and Percussion Performance 1995 Grade Point Average: 3.82 Music Education Program Honors, 1995: Pi Kappa Lambda Instructors: Patricia Dash - Percussionist, Chicago Symphony Orchestra Ed Koehler - Percussionist, Chicago freelance artist Al Payson - Percussionist, Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Retired)

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