Faculty

Nissa Anderson

Director and teacher

Ms. Nissa Anderson has led Anderson Music Studio since 2018. She has been a violinist for seventeen years, studying with Rolando Freitag and Dr. Kate Carter. She received her Bachelor’s in Music Education from Lake Forest College and has worked in both public school and private studio settings across Chicagoland since 2016, teaching beginning and middle school orchestra as well as working as a teaching artists at Ravinia’s Teach-Teach-Play program. Ms. Anderson has completed Suzuki training with Ed Kreitman and Tanya Carey and remains an active performer in the area.

Grace Walker

Violin and viola

Grace Walker teaches violin and viola students throughout the Chicago area through Wheaton College’s Community Outreach for Developing Artists program, her private studio and as a Teaching Artist in DePaul’s CPS partnership program. She has also been on faculty for Suzuki and chamber music camps in the Chicago area and New Zealand. 

She completed undergraduate degrees at Wheaton College in Pedagogy and Violin Performance where she won the string division of the 2016 Concerto Competition. In addition to her Pedagogy training under Dr. Beth Bauer with emphasis in music education for students with special needs, she has received Suzuki teacher training under Doris Preucil, Ann Montzka Smelser, April Losey, and Linda Case. Grace Walker completed her Masters Degree through DePaul University and is continuing her studies there to earn a Post-master’s Certificate in Performance. Her major teachers include Ann Setzer, Paul Zafer, Carolyn Stuart and Doris Preucil. 

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