“I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me – like food or water.”
Nissa Anderson has loved music for as long as she can remember. At three years old she was dancing around her dad’s office as he played Stevie Ray Vaughn. At four she was begging her older brothers to teach her something on their guitars. By eight she was teaching herself “I Want It That Way” on her MIDI keyboard and by nine she finally decided to play the violin through her school orchestra program. She participated in orchestra from fourth grade until she graduated from Lake Forest College, having studied the violin intensively under Rolando Freitag and Dr. Kate Carter. Interested in both musical performance and education, Ms. Anderson received her Music Education degree to become not only a diverse performer, but a capable educator.
Since college, Ms. Anderson has focused on honing her skills as an educator, having taught in both public school and private lesson settings. She has worked as an orchestra teacher in both Elmhurst and St. Charles in addition to maintaining a thriving private studio, serving diverse learners aged six to 60. With a breadth of teaching experience already under her belt, Ms. Anderson strives to personalize each lesson to the student and their individual goals, finding practical approaches to arm students with a solid foundation of musical knowledge and technique. Always looking to improve her teaching skills, she has also begun her training in the renowned Suzuki method, studying under Dr. Tanya Carey and Ed Kreitman. She continues to develop her skills as a violinist, having recently performed with the Chicagoland Educator Orchestra, and remains an active performer in the Chicagoland area.